PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After leading the Beacons to their Little East Conference record eighth tournament championship junior All-American Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) and senior libero Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) have been named LEC First and Second Team All-Conference honorees.
Shi was one of six hitters to earn First Team honors on Tuesday, while Chianco picked-up her first All-Conference honor after a career-best season.
For Shi, her junior season saw the San Francisco native register a team-leading 395 kills and 3.46 kills per set. She heads into the NCAA Tournament ranked third on the team with a .201 hitting percentage. As one of the top all-around players in the Little East, Shi also sits second on the Beacons with her 275 digs (2.41 dps). Her 21 total blocks are fifth most, while he 44 service aces ties her for the team lead alongside Chianco. In the Little East, Shi ranks third in kills and total sets played with 114. Her 30 matches played his season leads the Little East, while her 452.0 points has her ranked 3rd overall. In 2017, Shi recorded a team-leading 13 double-doubles. Her best match offensively came when she registered 22 kills in the 3-1 win over Keene State College on October 18. She hit a season-best .429 against UMass Dartmouth. Defensively she put-up 23 digs against Roger Williams University. During the Little East tournament, she registered 26 kills and 19 digs respectively in the wins over Plymouth State and Keene State.
Chianco's final season on the harbor campus was truly impressive. As a former walk-on, Chianco earned the starting role as senior and lifted the Beacons to their ninth regular season title and eighth tournament title, both of which are Little East records. The 2017 LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Chianco combined for 50 digs during the postseason. The Florida native leads the Beacons to the NCAA Tournament with a conference best 5.04 digs per set and 569 total digs. The conference leader in matches played with 30, Chianco has appeared in 113 sets this season for the Beacons. She is currently tied for first on the team with 44 aces, which is fifth most in the conference. Of the 30 matches played this season, Chianco recorded 10 or more digs 29 times. She recorded a career-high 40 digs at Endicott College, while in the semi-final win over Plymouth State University she registered 30 put-ups.