SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite a career-high 14 kills from Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) volleyball was handed another tough loss this time dropping a 3-2 decision at Western New England University, Saturday afternoon at AHLC Gym.
UMass Boston 2, Western New England University 3
UMass Boston (4-14)
Western New England U. (9-10)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Qose's afternoon was solid as the Beacons looked to end a six-game road trip with a winning note. The Beacons got their afternoon off to a good start as they took the first set 25-20. The host Golden Bears than responded with back-to-back wins to take a 2-1 lead following a 25-15 win in the second and a 25-20 win in the third. UMass Boston rallied in the fourth set with their second 25-20 decision of the contest, forcing their second five set match in four days.
On the day, Qose led the Beacons offense with a .167 hitting percentage. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) registered 10 kills while combing for five total blocks (2 bs, 3 ba). The senior middle also had three aces, as she continues to lead the Beacons at the net.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) quarterbacked the Beacons offense with her 35 assists and three aces. She also notched her third straight double-double with 12 digs. Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) finished with a team-leading 22 digs, while senior Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) combined for a team-leading four aces while also finishing with seven digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons hit .035 in Saturday's match, while Western New England hit .101
- Ashley Matthews led WNEU with 16 kills and hit .324 in the contest
- All-time the Beacons lead the series with WNEU 8-7
- Saturday's win for WNEU was their first over the Beacons since the 2007 season
- Komminsk now needs just nine assists to become the newest member of the 1,000 assists club
- With her two block solos, Doyle now has 100 career block solos and sits just 10 block assists from her 200th
- Doyle is now just the fourth player in program history to record 100 block solos in a career; She is now ranked fifth all-time in total blocks with 290
The Beacons will host Plymouth State University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.