BOSTON, Mass. – It was a story of two different teams in volleyball's 2018 home debut as they faced the University of Maine Presque Isle and Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Maine Presque Isle 0
UMass Boston 1, Bowdoin College 3
UMass Boston (5-1)
Maine Presque Isle (2-4)
Bowdoin College (5-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After collecting a resounding 3-0 win over the Owls of Maine Presque Isle to improve their win-streak to five straight the Beacons played perhaps their worst match of the young season against Bowdoin College.
In their opening match against the Owls, UMB hit a season-high .439 as a team as they held Presque Isle to single digits in all three sets. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) scored a match-high 11 kills and hit .500. Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) continued to dominate at the end line scoring a match-best six aces, as she continues to lead the Beacons serving core.
Facing their toughest test of the 2018 campaign in Bowdoin College, the Beacons struggled throughout the first two sets as Bowdoin powered right past to take the 2-0 lead. UMB showed life in the third set as they squeaked out a 25-20 win to cut the deficit back to one. Unfortunately, that momentum would not last, as the Polar Bears managed to rally late in the set to clinch the 3-1 victory thanks to the 25-20 decision. Sophia Pahl was unstoppable for Bowdoin with a match-high 20 kills and a .436 hitting percentage.
Shi was the lone Beacon to finish with 10 or more kills, as the senior put-down 18 while also managing a .283 hitting percentage after a tough first two sets. The Beacons serving which was solid through their first five victories went cold against the Polar Bears as they managed just four aces, while also handing over 13 free points on service errors.
At the net UMB did put-down a season-high 13 total blocks, with four solo stops going to freshman middle Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas). Komminsk put-up 25 assists and finished one dig away from recording her first double-double of her sophomore season. Shi notched her second double-double of 2018 as she managed 10 digs in the loss.
Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) registered nine kills and 10 digs, and led the Beacons with a pair of service aces.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Despite the loss the Beacons 5-1 record to start 2018 still remains their best since the 2016 campaign when UMB went 12-1
- Shi now sits 86 digs away from her 1,000th which would make her just the third player in program history to record 1,000 kills and digs in a career
- All-time UMass Boston is now 2-1 against Maine Presque Isle, but have dropped five straight to Bowdoin College
The Beacons will travel to Wellesley College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.