UMass-Boston tops Bowdoin in five-set thriller to move on in tourney
NEW LONDON, Conn. – For the second time in three seasons, UMass-Boston (20-11) is the top team in New England as they fought to defeat Bowdoin 3-2 Sunday to earn a spot in this year's NCAA Division III tournament in Holland, Mich.
Senior Shannon Thompson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while senior Kayla Wilson earned a place on the All-Tournament team. The Beacons jumped out to a lead in the first and eventually earned a 25-14 win.
From there, Bowdoin battled back to take the second set 25-18. UMass then edged past the Polar Bears in the third with a 25-22 win.The fourth set was a dominating affair by Bowdoin as they cruised to a 25-12 win.
The Beacons dug deep and defeated Bowdoin by the final of 15-13 to earn UMass Boston's second regional title.
Thompson was once again the driving force for the Beacons as she totaled a match-high 16 kills. Junior Corrine Porter drove home 10 kills and added some late momentum in the Beacons run in the fifth set.
Emma Rocha finished 25 assists and was the only player to record multiple service aces. Defensively UMB posted a combined eight team blocks, while the Polar Bears finished with 10 blocks as a squad. Thompson finished with a match-best seven block assists and finished third on the team in digs with 16.
Wilson was once again the leader in the back court with her 24 digs, followed by Porter with 19 and Rocha with 16.