LEXINGTON, Kentucky - After another unbelievable season that results in UMass Boston volleyball competing in their second straight NCAA National Championship Tournament, the Beacons closed out 2013 ranked 22nd on the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 Poll, which was released earlier this week.
The now back-to-back and three time NCAA Regional Tournament champions, UMass Boston had it's hands full in 2013. With nine freshmen on the roster, four of which were in the starting line-up Co-Head Coaches Terry Condon and Michael Houlihan had to figure out how they were going to make the pieces fit.
After a tough September and early October, the Beacons flipped the switch and became instant contenders for the regional crown. With a perfect 7-0 record in Little East Conference player, UMass made quick work of Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College to hoist their fifth straight LEC tournament title. From there the Beacons would lose just two games on their way to a 3-0 run in the NCAA Regional Tournament defeating top-regionally ranked teams in Wellesley College, Roger Williams University, and Williams College.
In the first round of the "Elite Eight" the Beacons faced their toughest challenge in the top-ranked Calvin College Knights. The now 2013 national champions had to battle for every point as the Beacons looked to pull off the upset. After taking a 2-0 lead UMB clawed their way back from a nine-point deficit to force a game four, which went to the Knights.
On the final regional poll, the Beacons were ranked 12th overall and finished out 2013 with a record of 24-16. Freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) was named the LEC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was named a NEWVA Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Team selection alongside classmate Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.). Glavan was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Year and was the only Beacon to earn AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention honors.
In total six players earned All-Little East Conference honors with Murphy and Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) earning a spot on the first team. Glavan, Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.), Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) were named to the Second Team.