ATLANTA, Georgia – On the final day of the Emory National Invitational volleyball dropped a pair of matches to third-ranked and defending national champion Wittenberg College and sixth-ranked Emory University Saturday afternoon at the Woodruff PE Center.
In their first match of the day the Beacons squared-off against their toughest opponent of the 2012 season in Wittenberg. After falling into a 2-0 hole, the Beacons rallied back in the third set and handed the defending national champions a 25-23 loss to make it just a one point game. The victory was fueled by a season-high .341 attack percentage and a combined 16 kills on 41 attempts. Unfortunately the momentum from that set could not carry over into the fourth as the Tigers, who combined to hit .315 in the contest rolled to a 25-11 victory. Wittenberg defeated UMB 25-13 in the first and 25-19 in the second.
Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) led the Beacons offense with 19 kills. Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) posted 20 assists in the tough non-conference loss. Defensively five Beacons recorded 10 or more digs, with Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) and Corrine Porter) Huntington Beach, Calif.) each finishing with 15 digs. Combined the Beacons recorded a total of six team blocks, while Wittenberg was held to zero blocks in the win.
Against the host Eagles of Emory College, UMass Boston was defeated 25-18, 25-16, and 25-14 to drop their fourth straight match and final regular season contest of 2012. Again Thompson recorded a team-best 10 kills to lead the offense. Rocha was again the leading setter with a combined 13 helpers. Senior Kayla Wilson (San Jose, Calif.) was the only Beacon to finish in double-figures in digs as the libero tallied 12 in the contest.
With the loss the Beacons closed out the 2012 regular season with a 15-11 mark. They will return to action next Saturday when they host the semi-final round of the Little East Conference tournament at Quincy High School. The quarterfinal round of this year's tournament will be played Tuesday with the winners of those two matches scheduled to face the top-seeded Beacons and the second-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University. This year's championship match is slated for Sunday with that winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Regional tournament. Check back to BeaconsAthletics.com throughout the week for updates about next week's championship tournament.