BOSTON, Mass. – After a tough road trip, volleyball got back to their winning ways as they knocked-off the Panthers of Plymouth State University by the final of 3-0 Wednesday evening at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Plymouth State University 0
UMass Boston (5-14, 2-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (21-2, 2-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Panthers, who entered the match riding one of the longest win-streaks in the Little East Conference, could not handle the Beacons strong services in the opening frame. Freshman Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) gave UMB a comfortable 10-0 lead to start the evening, and they never looked back after that as they downs the Panthers 25-15.
The second set was a much closer affair with the two teams exchanging control of the scoreboard a total of six times. However a late push by the Beacons gave them the upper hand as they pulled-out a 25-22 victory. The third and final set mirrored the first as the Beacons took control early. Before Plymouth State knew what hit them, the Beacons had doubled-up their conference rivals on the scoreboard to take a 25-15 victory.
A trio of Beacons finished with a match-high eight kills, with Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) leading the way with a .615 hitting percentage. McKayla Geraghty (Elgin, Ill.) finished second on the team with a .304 clip, while Qose dropped in six aces to go along with seven digs and her eight put downs.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) not only quarterbacked the Beacons offense with her 32 assists, but she also became the newest member of the 1,000 assist club. The Ohio native is now the 11th player in programs history to surpass the 1,000 assist plateau, and is currently sitting 10th all-time.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) registered one of her best performances at the net as she tallied three block solos and one block assist.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 15-13 against the Panthers and have won nine-straight
- The Beacons 14 service aces marks the most since recording 28 aces against conference opponent Castleton University
- Qose's six aces marked a career-high for the freshman hitter
- The Beacons .229 hitting percentage was their best team mark since hitting .280 in the last win in Clark Gymnasium on September, 3-0 over Emmanuel College
- Tiscareno's .615 hitting percentage was her best offensive showing since the Beacons season opener when she hit .769 against New England College
The Beacons will travel to Springfield College for a tri-match. The Beacons will face the Pride at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. match with Roger Williams University.