DANBURY, CT – Junior Nicolina Chenard (Ardsley, NY) notched a match-high 17 kills, while rookie setter Rory McMaster (Canton, MI) handed out 37 assists (also a match-high) to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball team to a thrilling 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8) victory over visiting UMass-Boston in a Little East Conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Feldman Arena.
Chenard also smashed a game-high five service aces, while junior libero Victoria Alomar (Naranjito, PR) chipped in with four to go along with a match-high 28 digs.
Sophomore Marcelle Tiscareno (El Paso, TX) led the Beacons with 11 kills, while junior Emilia Czapiewska (St. Paul, MN) contributed seven. Junior setter Carsen Komminsk (Worthington, OH) dished out 31 assists.
"We battled this one out and I was very pleased we were able to close out the match without making any mistakes," said WestConn head coach Don Ferguson following the excitement.
The contest had several momentum swings as the teams exchanged set-by-set blows, creating a breathtaking fifth set.
WestConn raced out to a 4-0 advantage capped with a floor from junior Victoria Korzan (Southbury, CT). The Beacons answered with a flurry of their own, cutting the deficit to 6-4. However, the Colonials retaliated with a 9-4 run to close out the match.
With the win, WestConn improved to 20-6 overall and 6-2 in league play, while UMass-Boston dropped to 8-17 and 5-3. The Colonials return to action for their regular season finale in a non-conference matchup against visiting Mitchell College on Friday at 6 p.m.
The Little East Conference Tournament is slated to begin on Tuesday. The top two seeds receive a quarterfinal round bye, while No. 3 hosts No. 6 and No. 4 hosts No. 5. The semifinals take place on Thursday while the title match is scheduled for Saturday, November 9. Pending the remaining action, WestConn could earn the top spot.