PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Behind a big day from Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas), UMass Boston volleyball earned their first win away from home this season on Tuesday evening, with a 3-0 conference sweep over Rhode Island College.
UMass Boston 3, Rhode Island College 0
(UMass Boston 7-16, Little East Conference 4-2)
(Rhode Island College 7-14, Little East Conference 1-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons ended their woes away from home, thanks to comebacks in the first and third set.
UMass Boston trailed 13-10 midway through the first set, before Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) keyed a 4-0 service run to give the Beacons the lead for good. The Beacons won 10 of the final 12 points in the set to cruise to a 25-16 set win.
The visitors kept the momentum going into the second set, as UMass Boston leapt out to an 8-2 lead and never let the Anchorwomen closer than four in a 25-15 set win.
The Beacons got off to another strong start in the third set, only to see the Anchorwomen make a big push to try to extend the match. Rhode Island College scored five points in a row to take a 6-4 lead and pushed the lead out to 14-9 midway through the set.
UMass Boston battled back to tie the match at 20-20 and neither side could take control from there, with the two teams trading points until 25-25. Tiscareno came up with a key kill to give the Beacons a 26-25 edge and Rhode Island College committed an attack error to end the set and the match 27-25.
Tiscareno led the Beacons with 12 kills and a .556 hitting percentage. She also tacked on two blocks and a dig in the win. Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) chipped in with six kills, while freshmen McKayla Geraghty (Elgin, Ill.), Mallory Reed (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Qose each had four kills apiece.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a big advantage on the service line. The Beacons posted 12 kills, against just four for the hosts. Both teams finished the match with seven service errors.
- Junior Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) returned to the lineup after missing 11-straight matches with an injury. She recorded three key kills on six swings during the third-set.
- With the win, UMass Boston has now won three-straight conference matches. The Beacons began the year 1-2 in LEC play.
- Tuesday's win marked UMass Boston's first win this season away from the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium this season.
- Geraghty and Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) added eight and seven digs respectively.
- UMass Boston has now won seventeen-straight matches over the Anchorwomen. Rhode Island College leads the all-time series 24-18.
UMass Boston will host Keene State College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a rematch of last year's Little East Conference Semifinals. The two teams enter Saturday's match in a three-way tie for third in the LEC.