BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a match-high 15 kills from Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) the fourth-seeded Beacons earned a spot in the Little East Conference Tournament semi-final round as they dispatched the fifth-seeded Owls of Keene State College Tuesday evening at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
#4 UMass Boston 3, #5 Keene State College 1
UMass Boston (10-18)
Keene State College (23-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Tuesday's win the Beacons advance to the semi-final round of the Little East Tournament. The Beacons will travel to Danbury, CT to take on the top-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University for a spot in the conference championship match on the line.
In the opening set, Keene State came out firing as they looked to eliminate UMass Boston from the conference tournament for the second straight year. The two teams battled back-and-forth in the opening stanza, with Keene State earning a tight 25-21 win to take the 1-0 lead.
The win was the only victory for Keene State as the Beacons would seize control of the momentum and never look back. They quickly evened the match at 1-1 thanks to a 25-15 decision in the second. They then jumped out to a 2-1 lead with a 25-17 win in the third, as they hit a match-high .464 in the set.
The final set could have gone to either team, but a late push by the Beacons put them over the top as they secured the tight 25-23 win over the Owls. Czapiewska would seal the victory the only way she knew how with a thunderous kill off of a perfectly placed set by Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio).
A total of four Beacons finished in double-figures in kills with Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) finishing second with 13 kills. Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) posted a match-high .550 hitting percentage as she finished with 11 kills on 20 attempts. Tiscareno and Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) combined for three block solos and three block assists respectively. Doyle also added 11 kills and a .348 hitting percentage.
Komminsk registered a career-high 47 assists, while Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) collected a career-high 27 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thursday's trip to the LEC semi-final round will mark the 12th straight appearance by the Beacons
- UMass Boston is now 19-13 all-time against Keene State College
- The Beacons have not dropped a match to the Owls on their home floor since the 2008 season
- The Beacons are now 7-2 all-time against the Owls in LEC Tournament play
- UMass Boston hit a combined .261 in the win, while the Owls finished hitting .161
- The Beacons 73 digs as a team marked the most for a four-set match this season
The Beacons will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Thursday for a 7 p.m. LEC semi-final match.