BOSTON, Mass. – After rallying in the third set to earn a 26-24 win, the Beacons who were looking to force the fifth and deciding set, saw their rally come to an end in the fourth as the host Sharks of Simmons College handed volleyball a 3-1 non-conference loss Wednesday evening.
UMass Boston (1-6)
Simmons College (3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Simmons came out firing on all cylinders in the first set as they stunned the Beacons with a 25-17 win, thanks to a team hitting percentage of .333. In the second frame, UMB tried to even the match at one set apiece, but Simmons managed to slip past UMB to earn a 25-23 victory.
The third set saw the Beacons in control of the scoreboard for most of the action. Looking as if they were going to pull away, the Sharks took a huge bite of the Beacons lead to make things interesting down the stretch. UMB managed to survive the late frenzy to earn the slim 26-24 victory.
UMass tried to carry the momentum from the third set into the fourth and led for a majority of it. However, another late push by the Sharks proved too much for the Beacons as Simmons registered a tight 25-23 win to earn the match victory.
Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) led the Beacons offense with 12 kills and a .385 hitting percentage. She was dominant at the net scoring six total blocks in the non-conference loss.
Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) registered 21 assists, while Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.) led the Beacons back row with 15 digs. Alex Cook (Grass Valley, Calif.) notched 13 assists and added six digs to her stat line.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons hit a combined .146, while the Sharks finished the match hitting .154
- Doyle's 12 kills matched her season-high
- All-time the Beacons are now 12-17 against Simmons as they saw their six match win-streak end which dated back to 2004
- The win for the Sharks was their first over UMass since September 13, 2003 when they earned a 3-0 win in Clark Gymnasium
- Doyle now sits with 256 career total blocks; she needs 21 total blocks to move into a tie for fifth in program history
The Beacons will host Salve Regina University next Tuesday at 7 pm in a non-conference match.