Bowers leads Panthers in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Lex Bowers (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) posted a team-high six kills, but Plymouth State University fell to the University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14), in a Little East Conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Junior Alisha Flanagan (Milton, N.H.) and freshman Alexa Price (Moultonborough, N.H.) paced the Panthers' defense with nine digs apiece, but the Beacons balanced offense was able to control the match.
Plymouth State drops to 8-14 (1-4 LEC), while UMass Boston improves to 12-7 and 4-1 in league action.
Plymouth State 0, UMass Boston 3
Plymouth State 8-14, 1-4 LEC
UMass Boston 12-7, 4-1 LEC
How it Happened:
* The teams traded points to open the first set and a Bowers kill evened things at 6-6. UMB scored five of six to pull ahead, but a kill from senior Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.) and a Beacons' error pulled the Panthers to within 15-12.
* UMass Boston extended the lead to 22-17, before wrapping up the first set with an ace from junior Ariana Casingal (Melbourne, Fla.) and kill from freshman Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, Texas).
* The visitors used an early 6-0 run, capped by back-to-back kills from Tiscareno, to take a quick 8-2 in set two. PSU would answer with two straight points to cut the deficit to 8-4, but that was as close as the Panthers would get the rest of the way.
* Plymouth State pulled to within 22-15 following a pair of UMB errors, but the Beacons would score three of the next four points to take set two, 25-16.
* The Panthers hung tight through the early stages of the third set. A kill from Bowers and two Beacons miscues tied the set at 5-5. After the Beacons pulled ahead with three straight points, PSU responded with a 5-1 stretch to take a 10-9 lead.
* UMB answered with a 7-1 run to seize control and the Panthers were unable to regain any momentum.
Inside the Numbers:
* UMass Boston got seven kills from three players; sophomore Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.), senior Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) and Tiscareno, and another six from junior Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.).
* Sophomore Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) led the Beacons with 16 assists, while Price led the Panthers with 12.
* Plymouth State is 12-14 all-time against UMass Boston, though the Beacons have won each of the last eight meetings.
* UMB ended the Panthers' season in the LEC Tournament each of the last two years; in the championship game in 2016 and the semifinals last fall.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"The biggest thing is we have to continue being aggressive, continue to work on our basic and more advanced skills and just keep moving forward," said head coach Joan Forge. "We can't get discouraged and have to use it as a learning tool. It's just going to make us stronger and better every game that we play."
* PSU visits Wellesley for a non-conference tri-match with Geneseo on Saturday (Oct. 13). The Panthers will face Geneseo at 11:00 a.m., followed by Wellesley at 1:00 p.m.
* UMass Boston also plays a non-conference tri-match on Saturday (Oct. 13), playing host to Springfield College (11:00 a.m.) and Endicott (3:00 p.m.).
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