BRISTOL, R.I. – Led by Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) volleyball pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the 2013 season as they defeated 26th ranked Roger Williams University by the score of 3-1 Friday evening.
With the victory the Beacons improve their overall record to 18-14 with only two matches remaining in the 2013 season. For the Hawks Friday's loss marked only the third of the year as they fell to 27-3 overall.
UMass Boston handled one of the top ranked teams in New England from start to finish. The Beacons defeated the Hawks 25-22 in the first game, before cruising to a 25-17 win in the second. In the third, the Beacons jumped out to a commanding lead, but could not hold onto it as the Hawks clawed their way back to earn a 25-20 decision. Not looking to make the match any longer then it needed to be UMass pounded point after point in the fourth and eventually walked off the court with a 25-17 win to secure the non-conference victory.
For the Beacons Porter and Boland each threw down a team-leading 10 kills, with Boland also recorded a .261 hitting percentage. Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) also played a major part in the win with her nine kills, as well as Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) who recorded eight kills.
Setter Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) put together another strong performance as she finished with 35 assists and one of the Beacons nine aces. Christine DuPuis (Minden, Nev.), Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Murphy each finished with two aces to keep the Beacons rolling on the scoreboard.
Not only was the offense on all cylinders, but the Beacons defense did their part as well with a combined eight team blocks and total of 70 digs. Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) was one of four Beacons to finish with 10 or more digs as she record 18 on the night. Behind her was Porter with 12 to earn the senior another double-double. At the net Murphy recorded one solo block and three block assists.
Volleyball returns to action tomorrow when they face the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh at 11 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. match with Vassar College. Both matches will be played at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.