Volleyball Collects Convincing 3-0 Win Over UMass-Boston on Tuesday Night

BOSTON – In their sixth consecutive road match the Tufts women's volleyball team picked up a convincing 3-0 win over UMass-Boston on Tuesday night.  

Junior Heather Holz finished with seven kills, three digs and an ace

The win helps the Jumbos improve to 10-6 overall, and they remain 4-1 in NESCAC play.  The Beacons are now 10-5 after the loss, and are still 3-1 in conference games. 

The Jumbos opened the first set by scoring eight consecutive points behind the serve of junior Brigid Bell.  The visitors would lead by as many as ten in the first set, as they picked up a 25-16 win in set one. 

It was the Beacons that scored first in the second set, but the Jumbos answered right back and took an early lead. Once again the Jumbos added to their lead over the duration of the set.  They would lead by as many as 12 on their way to a 25-12 win in set two. 

Things were close in the beginning of the third set.  With the score locked at seven, the Jumbos got a kill from Bell and then an ace from freshman Cate Desler gave the Jumbos a lead.  A short while later they scored four consecutive points behind the serve of junior Rachel Furash to increase their lead to five, 15-10. The Jumbos held on to that lead for a 25-20 win in set three to take the match.   

Desler finished with seven kills and six digs, along with three aces. Junior Heather Holz added seven kills and three digs along with an ace to the night.  Classmate Christina Nwankpa added five kills and fellow junior Maddie Stewart added two kills and three blocks.  Defensively, sophomore Sophia Acker led the charge with 17 digs.  Furash and freshman Ariel Zedric took care of the setting, finishing with 14 and 11 assists, respectively. 

Eileen Shi was the offensive leader for the Beacons with 12 kills and six digs.  Sarah Doyle and Emilia Czapiewska each added three kills.  Marcelle Tiscareno added a kill and three blocks.  Defensively Micayla Chianco finished with 12 digs.  Rachel Maslach ran the offense, finishing with 10 assists. 

The Jumbos are back in action at home on Friday, when they host Amherst for a 7 pm start.  The Beacons also play again on Friday when they travel to California for the Leopard Invitational where they will face off with Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 7:30 pm.