BOSTON, Mass. - After two standout freshmen campaigns middle hitter Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) have been named to the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Teams.
The newcomers were integral in leading the Beacons to their fifth straight Little East Conference tournament title and fifth LEC Regular Season crown. They also anchored a Beacons line-up that hoisted their second straight and third overall NCAA Regional Championship title when they defeated Wellesley College, Roger Williams University, and Williams College.
In 2013 the duo received multiple weekly honors from the Little East Conference on their way to being named the LEC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year respectively. Glavan was also named an AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention honoree, and was named the NCAA Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player. The young duo was the only players from the Little East Conference to be recognized by NEWVA.
This season, Murphy paced the Beacons offense with her 2.35 kills per game and .298 hitting percentage. The Canton native combined for a team-leading 117 blocks totaling 25 solo stops and 92 block assists. She also recorded 31 aces in 144 games played. Murphy's best overall performance came in the five-set winner over Keene State College in September when she hit .609 scoring 16 kills on 23 attempts. At the net, she recorded a career best six total blocks (2 bs, 4 ba) in the Little East Conference championship match against the Owls.
For Glavan, she wasted little time establishing herself as the top libero in all of New England. One of only two players from UMass to be named an ECAC New England Player of the Week, Glavan was unstoppable during the Beacons postseason run. On the year, the Minnesota native totaled a season program record 653 digs (5.27 dpg), which also led the Little East Conference. Combined the freshman appeared in 124 games and finished second on the team in aces with 51. This season she recorded a total of 768 service receptions. Her best match this fall was when she posted a combined 39 digs in the 3-2 loss to Haverford College on October 12.