COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On the final day of the Colorado College Invitational volleyball picked-up a pair of wins as they defeated Central College (Iowa) by the final of 3-0 and Pacific University (Ore.) by the final of 3-2 to end the tournament and improve their overall record to 2-2 Saturday evening.
Match 1 – UMass Boston 3, Central College (Iowa) 0
Led by freshman Julia Murphy's (Canton, Mass.) career-high 10 kills and .389 hitting percentage the Beacons earned a hard fought decision to get back into the wins column. After a strong first (25-17) and second (25-21) games the Beacons had to go the distance with Central in the third (29-27) before claiming their first victory of 2013.
Also helping to fuel the Beacons offense was classmate Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) who finished with nine kills, four of which came in the third game. Setter Lacee Kilgore (Grand Junction, Colo.) had her best game so far this season tallying 22 assists to help UMB hit .230 on the afternoon.
On the defensive side of the ball, libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) was once again impressive coming up with a team-best 12 digs. Boland would finish second on the team with 11 digs to earn her first collegiate double-double. Senior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was third in the digs column with 10.
At the net junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) drove down a pair of solo blocks to also go along with her eight kills and .250 hitting percentage. Murphy recorded one solo block of her own, while Molly Witzmann (Encinitas, Calif.) also finished with one solo and one block assist.
For Central College, Hannah Welter led her team with nine kills and had a .368 hitting percentage in the three game loss. Claire Stewart put-up a combined 19 assists and scored a total of three aces. Defensively it was Dzenita Bahtic who her team with 13 digs, while Welter combined for a match high three block assists, while also finishing with one solo block.
Match 2 – UMass Boston 3, Pacific University (Ore.) 2
In the final match of the two-day tournament the Beacons had to dig deep as they played perhaps their toughest match of the young season. After taking the first game 26-24, the Boxers of Pacific University rallied to take the second game by the score of 25-22 and the third game 25-17. Knowing they needed to win the fourth to force the decisive game five the Beacons used key plays from a variety of players and with an ace from Christine DuPuis (Minden, Nev.) UMB was able to take the 25-20 victory.
DuPuis' ace would strike again late in the fifth when she gave UMB at 16-14 victory over the Boxers, who were looking to steal the win after taking a 2-1 lead.
Murphy proved to be one of those key factors in both the fourth and fifth games as the freshman hitter recorded a career-best 14 kills in the victory. Boland was also crucial as she finished with 13 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double in three matches. Morrison continued step-up in the middle as she he .217 in the five game victory scoring eight kills.
Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) put-up 26 assists and recorded one of the Beacons nine service aces. DuPuis and Glavan each scored a team-best two aces to help lead UMB to the second day sweep.
Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) stepped onto the hardwood in four of the five games and recorded a match-high four block assists alongside Murphy and Morrison.
The Boxers saw Marie Rewick take a majority of the swings as she scored 16 kills on 47 attempts. Jamie Steach tallied 43 assists and Becky Sheller put-up a match-high 20 digs.
Volleyball returns to action next Friday when they face Roger Williams University at 5 p.m. and Sage College (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. at the Endicott College Invitational.