2017 Little East Offensive Player of the Year (Jess Williamson)

Southern Maine Volleyball Falls at UMass Boston 3-0

Sophomore Kacey Foerster
Sophomore Kacey Foerster
Huskies Host Newbury College on Thursday (7 p.m.)

(With contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information)

            BOSTON -- Senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) had 10 kills and 11 service aces for her fourth double-double of the season as the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons cruised past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-13) in a Little East Conference match Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

            The win snapped the Beacons' three-match losing skid, and improved their record to 8-4 overall.  The Huskies suffered their first loss after six straight wins to slip to 9-5 overall.  Both sides are now 2-1 in the conference.

            Southern Maine got off to a good start in the opening set taking an 11-6 lead.  UMB rallied with a 9-1 run to assume a 15-12 lead, and USM never got closer than two points the remainder of the set.  The Beacons raced out to big early leads in the final two sets (12-3 in the second set, 11-4 in the third) to cruise to wins.

            Sophomore Kacey Foerster (Scarborough, Maine) led the Huskies' offense with six kills.  Senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) passed out 13 assists and was one of three USM players with three kills.  Sophomore Kristina Odom (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Winegrass Ranch) had six digs on the back line.

            Shi had 11 of the Beacons' 16 aces in the match, including seven in the second set.  Sophomore Emilia Czapiewska (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) led all players with 11 kills.  Sophomore Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) and senior Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio/Western Reserve) quarterbacked the Beacons' offense with a combined 27 assists.  Senior Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla./Dunedin) finished with four aces and had 16 digs to lead the Beacons' defense.

            The Huskies will look to rebound on Thursday (7 p.m.) when they host Newbury College at the Costello Sports Complex.  The Beacons host Simmons College, also on Thursday (7 p.m.).  Both matches are non-conference affairs.