Volleyball Opens NCAA Regional Play With 3-0 Win Over UMass-Boston

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  Sophomore Maddie Stewart and junior Mackenzie Bright combined for 16 kills to help the third seeded Tufts volleyball team pick up a 3-0 win over UMass-Boston in NCAA Regional play at Johnson and Wales on Friday afternoon.  With the win the Jumbos advance to the second round of play tomorrow. 

Maddie Stewart finished with eight kills and four blocks for the Jumbos

Tufts is now 23-6 and will wait for the winner of the MIT and Maine Maritime match.  The Beacons see their season come to a close with a 15-16 record.  

The Jumbos took an early lead in set one, but the Beacons came right back and tied things at six.  The Beacons then took a lead, but the Jumbos tied thing at ten.  A kill from Stewart, followed by two Becaon errors gave the Jumbos a 13-10 lead and they would hold on to that lead for most of the rest of the set. With the Jumbos ahead 20-17, the Beacons forced two Jumbos errors and then a kill from Alex Gibbs tied things at 20.  The Beacons then took a 23-20 lead.  But, the Jumbos answered with kills from freshmen Jennifer Ryan and Sophia Acker, and a Beacon error tied things at 23.  The Jumbos then got a kill from junior Mackenzie Bright, and a Beacon attack error gave the Jumbos the 25-23 win in set one. 

The Beacons came out and grabbed a big lead in the second set.  Down 10-6 the Jumbos scored six straight points behind the serve of junior Angela Yu to take a 12-10 lead.  The Beacons would tie it at 12, and the two teams would trade points and the lead for the duration of the second set.  With the score locked at 22 the Jumbos got a kill from sophomore Heather Holz and a Beacon error to take a 24-22 lead.  A Beacon service error sealed the 25-23 win for the Jumbos in the second set. 

It was almost all Jumbos in the third set, as they took an early lead and held on to that lead for a 25-19 win in set three. 

Stewart and Bright were the offensive leaders with eight kills each.  Sophomore Brigid Bell added seven kills to the day and Holz turned in four.  Holz and Stewart finished with five and four blocks, respectively. Defensively, sophomore Kelly Klimo was the dig leader with 18 digs.  Yu and sophomore Rachel Furash took care of the setting with 16 assists each. 

Eileen Shi was the kill leader for the Beacons, finishing with 13.  Rachel Maslach added nine to the day.  Defensively, Macayla Chicanco collected 20 digs for the Beacons.  Christina Elliott ran the offense, finishing with 19 assists. 

The Jumbos will now await the winner of the match between second seeded  MIT and seventh seeded Maine Maritime.  The Jumbos and the winner of that match will play at 2:30 pm tomorrow.

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