BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Tournament MVP Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) the top-seeded Beacons shutout the second-seeded Panthers of Plymouth State University, 3-0 to win their seventh Little East Conference Tournament crown Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
#1 UMass Boston 3, Plymouth State University 0
UMass Boston (28-4)
Plymouth State University (20-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Knowing they had to establish an early presence to win their historic seventh tournament title, the Beacons dispatched the Panthers with relative ease through the first two sets earning back-to-back 25-17 victories. In the third set, UMass overcame an early push by Plymouth State, and managed to grind out a hard fought 25-21 win over their longtime rivals.
Shi's MVP performance was the result of 13 kills, nine digs, and four aces. Senior Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) was just as solid recording 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .550.
Setters Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) and Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) both played a consistent match from start to finish. Elliott led the team with 18 assists, followed Baker who had 16 her third conference championship win for the Florida native.
Defensively, the Beacons dominated the net as they totaled 12 blocks, with Murphy leading the team with one solo block and three block assists. Right behind her was Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) with a solo stop of her own, and two block assists. Senior Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) combined for 13 digs, and had three aces to help lead the way for UMB.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the title, UMass Boston now holds the conference record for most tournament titles
- For the tournament Shi recorded a combined 31 kills and 26 digs in the Beacons two conference tournament matches
- UMass Boston is now 11-13 all-time against Plymouth State
- Saturday's match marked the first meeting between UMass and Plymouth State since 2011, when the Beacons defeated the Panthers 3-0 in New Hampshire
The Beacons will now find out their fate in the NCAA Tournament on Monday on NCAA.com with the selection show scheduled for a 12:30 pm start.