PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The top seeds playing in the First Round of the 2019 Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament – third-seeded Plymouth State University and fourth-seeded UMass Boston - held serve on their home courts to advance to Thursday's semifinals.
No. 3 Plymouth State 3, No. 6 Southern Maine 0 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Panthers improved to 31-4 for the season with the First Round victory, while the Huskies' season ends at 16-17.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Panthers cruised in this one, using long runs in each of the three sets that ended with scored of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-13. Plymouth State totaled 37 kills, eight service aces and seven blocks while hitting .223 as a team, while Southern Maine totaled just 13 kills and hit -.086.
Carabeth Norklun had a match-high 12 kills while hitting .409 to lead the Panthers to the win. Alexa Price finished with 22 assists, nine digs, three blocks and a pair of aces, while Alisha Flanagan had a match-high 16 digs.
No. 4 UMass Boston 3, No. 5 Keene State 1 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Beacons record improved to 10-18 with the victory, while the Owls saw their season end at 23-9.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Keene State looked poised to pull the upset early on after taking the first set by a count of 25-21, but UMass Boston bounced back to take the second 25-15 and the third 25-17 to go up 2-1 in the match. The fourth set went down to the wire and once again saw the Beacons prevail, 25-23, to secure the win.
UMass Boston had four players score double-digit kill totals while hitting .261 as a team. Emilia Czapiewska had a match-high 15 kills and hit .297 for the match, while Aleks Qose added 13 kills with nine digs. Marcelle Tiscareno hit .550 with 11 kills and no errors on 20 attempts, while Sarah Doyle also totaled 11 kills while hitting .348. Carsen Komminsk handed out 47 assists.
Ali McLoughlin led Keene State with 12 kills and eight digs, while Emilyann Ashford tallied 10 kills. Olivia Mathieu had 27 digs, while Bailey Wilson handed out 35 assists with 13 digs.
UP NEXT: The Panthers will next travel to second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in a rematch of the regular season finale, which saw the Warriors prevail and knock Plymouth State from the top-seed. The Beacons will travel to top-seeded Western Connecticut State University, where they dropped a five-set decision in their regular season LEC match.