BOSTON, Mass. – After opening their 2019 campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over New England College, volleyball saw their 2-0 advantage slip through their fingers as Emerson College rallied to earn a 3-2 win over the Beacons to hand UMB their first loss of the new season Friday afternoon in Clark Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, New England College 0
UMass Boston 2, Emerson College 3
UMass Boston (1-1)
New England College (0-2)
Emerson College (2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Against the Pilgrims of NEC, Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas) picked-up right where she left off from her freshman campaign scoring a match-high 10 kills, while hitting an impressive .769. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) was just as impressive scoring nine kills on 17 attempts to give the senior middle a .529 mark.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) finished with 22 assists, while Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored an impressive seven aces. Newcomer Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) finished with five aces and four kills in her first collegiate match.
Division I transfer Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) registered 18 digs in the shutout victory. UMass Boston opened the match with a 25-18 win, before taking a 25-17 victory in the second set. The Beacons breezed past their opponent in the third set with a 25-9 win.
In the nightcap, the Beacons jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead and looked as if they were going to walk away with another clean sheet in the third. Unfortunately, they could not put their crosstown rivals away, which allowed the Lions to come roaring back.
After falling 26-24 in the third set, Emerson powered past the Beacons over the final two frames, earning a 25-16 win in the fourth, and a 25-10 win in the deciding fifth set.
Freshman McKayla Geraghty (Elgin, Ill.) led all Beacons with 13 kills, but it was the 31 kills by Emerson's Grace Tepper that proved to be the deciding factor in the win for Emerson.
Komminsk finished with 27 assists, while Alex Cook (Grass Valley, Calif.) posted 15 assists in her second match with UMass Boston. Qose finished with a team-leading 20 digs, and was one of four Beacons to finish in double-figures in digs. For the second straight match, Berch led the Beacons with four aces.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 7-4 against Emerson, and have now gone to five sets in three of their last four meetings
- Against New England College, UMass Boston is 9-6, and have won three straight over the Pilgrims
- Friday's contest marked the first meeting against the Pilgrims since 2013
- Doyle finished second on the team with 12 kills in the loss to Emerson, while Tiscareno posted 10 kills
- In total the score was tied 20 times and there were 13 lead changes in the match with Emerson
The Beacons will travel to Minnesota next week to take part in the Augsburg University Invitational. On their first day of the tournament they will face University of St. Thomas (MN) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.