MEDFORD – The Tufts volleyball team started off their home week on a good note, topping local-rival UMass-Boston, 3-0, on Tuesday night in Cousens Gym. Tuesday was the first time the two teams met since last year's NCAA Regional match.
|Heather Holz attemped 25 serves in three sets for Tufts|
The Jumbos move to 8-4 with the win, while the Beacons drop to 6-7 with the setback.
The Beacons were ready to go and took a sizable lead in the first set. They would hold on to nearly a five point lead for most of the first half of the set. Down 15-10 the Jumbos started their comeback, scoring three straight to come within two 15-13. The two teams would trade points and down 18-15 the Jumbos scored eight straight points behind the serve of Heather Holz to not only tie things at 18, but then take a 23-18 lead. Tufts won the first set, 25-19.
Things were close in the beginning of the second set. With the two teams tied at nine, the Jumbos took a lead thanks to two kills from sophomore Brigid Bell and one from Holz. The Jumbos would hold on to that lead and pick up the 25-17 win in set two to take the 2-0 lead in the match heading into the third set.
The Beacons took an early lead in the third set, but the Jumbos would tie things at seven and the two teams would trade points and the lead for a bit. With things locked at 13 the Jumbos took a lead thanks to a Bell kill and a Beacon error. The Jumbos once again took advantage of the Holz serve and scored nine points to secure the 25-14 win.
Junior Mackenzie Bright finished with 13 kills for the Jumbos and Bell added ten kills and seven digs. Sophomore Kelly Klimo finished with 11 digs and senior captain Alex Garrett added nine. Holz had four service aces on the night. Junior Angela Yu and sophomore Rachel Furash took care of the setting for the Jumbos, and finished with 16 and ten assists, respectively.
Eileen Shi was the offensive leader for the Beacons, finishing with 12 kills and Rachel Maslach added nine. Macayla Chianco totaled 17 digs on the evening, and Shi added ten. Christina Elliott and Maslach took care of the setting, finishing with 18 and 13 assists, respectively.
The Jumbos have a NESCAC weekend at home this coming weekend. They open play with Hamilton on Friday evening at 8 pm. UMass-Boston travels to Endicott on Thursday for a 6 pm start.