Volleyball Downs Keene State, 3-0 In Little East Play

Volleyball Downs Keene State, 3-0 In Little East Play

KEENE, N.H. – Led by Colleen Koen's (Centerville, Mass.) match-high 10 kills volleyball remained undefeated in Little East Conference play as they cruised past Keene State College with a 3-0 win Thursday evening.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Keene State College 0

UMass Boston (18-3, 5-0 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (14-8, 4-1 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After cruising to a 25-10 win in the first set, the Beacons had to hold off a late run by the Owls as they managed to take a 25-20 win in the second.  In the third set, UMass had to overcome a slow start but quickly took control of the final frame.  The Beacons notched a 25-17 victory to secure the shutout and to remain atop the conference standings, as the lone undefeated team in the LEC.

Koen's 10 kills carried the Beacons to the crucial victory, as the senior outside finished with a .429 hitting percentage as she was set 29 times, while only being charged with one error.  Right behind her was sophomore Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) finished second in the match with eight kills, and also had six digs.

Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) combined for 29 digs against her long-time rival and also scored one of the team's five aces.  Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) continues to fuel the Beacons offense, as the setter totaled 18 assists.

The Beacons as a team combined for six total blocks, with Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) totaling three block assists, followed by Koen who had two.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston entered the match ranked fourth on the most recent NEWVA Regional Poll
  • Murphy now needs just one block to tie the program record for total blocks with 376
  • All-time UMass Boston is 15-12 when facing Keene State College, and have now won 13 straight over the Owls

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons return to action next Tuesday when they host Rhode Island College at 6 p.m.