DANBURY, Conn. – After seeing their 2-0 lead disappear the fourth-seeded Beacons had to dig deep but with a kill by Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) in the fifth set, volleyball earned a 3-2 win over the top-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University Thursday evening at Feldman Arena in the Little East Conference Tournament semi-final match.
#4 UMass Boston 3, #1 Western Connecticut State University 2
UMass Boston (11-18)
Western Connecticut State University (21-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With their huge win the Beacons advance to the championship match of the Little East Tournament, which will be played on Saturday at the third-seed Plymouth State University. Start time for that match is noon.
The Beacons will make their return to the title match after falling short in 2018 when they were handed a 3-1 loss by Keene State College.
Sitting with a comfortable 2-0 lead (25-16, 25-20) it looked as if the Beacons were going to roll past the Colonials into Saturday's match. However, WCSU showed why they were the number-one seed in this year's tournament, as the clawed their way back to even the match at 2-2 (25-22, 25-21).
The fifth set was a back-and-forth stanza, with WCSU earning the largest lead of the frame (10-6). Despite the four-point deficit the Beacons cut the Colonials lead to two with a setting error and a kill by Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas).
The Beacons would then chip away at the remaining deficit and took the lead (13-12) following an ace by Tyla Parker (Mahwah, N.J.).
WCSU tied the match at 13-all on a block by Nyilah Horton, but that would be the final point of the season for the Colonials. The Beacons moved to within one point of the win thanks to a setting error by Victoria Alomar.
With the Beacons top server in Sidnee Berch (Boca Raton, Fla.) checking into the match, UMB knew that this match was theirs to win. The Florida native nearly scored an ace on a laser of a serve. With WCSU unable to get their offense going, the Beacons saw the opportunity that they needed as Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) set Doyle in the middle of the court. The six-foot-two-inch middle hitter unloaded a thunderous kill to give UMB their biggest win of the 2019 season.
Doyle's match-clinching kill marked the seventh of the night for the California native as she hit .217 in the win. Tiscareno was once again solid scoring 13 kills, while hitting a match-high .462. Czapiewska finished with 12 kills, and closed out the second set to give UMB the 2-0 lead.
Komminsk tallied 42 assists and 15 digs for the teams only double-double. Aleks Qose (Athens, Greece) recorded a career-high 21 digs to go along with seven kills, three aces, and two block assists. Parker's night was just as impressive as she recorded a career-high seven aces to go along with 11 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons hit .179, while the Colonials finished hit .148
- The Beacons scored 15 aces, and had 92 digs, and a combined 14 blocks
- All-time the Beacons are now 15-18 against the Colonials and have won 15 of their last 17 meetings with WCSU
- Saturday's match will mark the 11th championship match appearance in program history. All 11 Finals appearances have come in the past 14 seasons
- Czapiewska now has 625 career kills which moves her into 11th all-time in program history
- Komminsk's 757 assists this season ties her for eighth for most assists in a single season
- She also became the first setter to record 700 or more assists in a season since 2013
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University on Saturday for a 12 p.m. Little East Conference championship match with a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line.