PAWTUCKET, R.I. – There were a pair of upsets in the semifinal round of the 2019 Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament Thursday, which saw fourth-seeded UMass Boston upend top-seeded Western Connecticut State University and third-seeded Plymouth State University dispatch second-seeded and defending champion Eastern Connecticut State University, with both matches ending in five sets.
Plymouth State will host Saturday's LEC championship final against UMass Boston at noon.
No. 4 UMass Boston 3, No. 1 Western Connecticut 2 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Beacons improved to 11-18 with the victory, which sends them to the conference final for the 10th time in program history. UMass Boston will be in search of its LEC-record ninth conference title, the last of which came in 2017. The Colonials season came to a close at 21-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Beacons appeared to be on their way to an easy upset after taking the first two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-20, but WestConn battled back to even the match with a 25-22 third set win and a 25-21 fourth set victory. The comeback was near completion with the Colonials up 10-6 in the fifth set, but UMass Boston righted the ship and closed it out with a 9-3 run to take the deciding set and the match.
UMASS BOSTON LEADERS: Marcelle Tiscareno hit .462 with a team-best 13 kills to just one error on 26 attempts while notching five blocks, while Emilia Czapiewska totaled 12 kills with six digs, Carsen Komminisk handed out 42 assist, while Aleks Qose registered a team-leading 21 digs to go with her seven kills, two blocks and three aces.
WESTERN CONNECTICUT LEADERS: Nicolina Chenard led all players with 22 kills to go along with 21 digs, while Victoria Korzan notched a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs. Rory McMaster recorded 41 assist with 12 digs while Victoria Alomar had a match-high 23 digs.
No. 3 Plymouth State 3, No. 2 Eastern Connecticut 2 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Panthers improved to 32-4 with the victory, and will play for the LEC tournament crown for the seventh time in program history, Plymouth State's lone tournament win came back in 2004. The Warriors record fell to 14-12 with the setback.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The two teams traded set wins throughout the match, with the Panthers taking the opener, 25-17, and the third set, 25-20, while the Warriors claimed the second, 26-24, and the fourth, 25-16. With the fifth and deciding set knotted at 4-4, Plymouth State went on an 11-3 run to close out the set and the match.
PLYMOUTH STATE LEADERS: Lex Bowers and Francie Shaffer both totaled a match-high 16 kills, with Bowers falling just two digs shy of a double-double. Emilee Flanagan also finished in double figures with 10 kills. Alexa Price tallied a match-high 51 assists, while Alisha Flanagan registered a match-high 27 digs.
EASTERN CONNECTICUT LEADERS: Anna Barry totaled a team-best 15 kills with six digs, while Abby Stern posted a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Alaetra Long also had a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs, as did McKenzie Maneggia with totals of 28 assists and 13 digs.