POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – On the final day of the 2013 regular season volleyball coming off of their huge win yesterday evening earned a hard fought split at the Vassar College Tri-Match first falling to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 3-2 before earning a 3-0 win over Vassar Saturday afternoon.
In what could have been a sweep for the Beacons, Wisconsin Oshkosh managed to pull out the 3-2 victory to give the Beacons 15th loss of the year. However UMB would earn three hard wins over the host Vassar squad to close out the regular season with a 19-15 mark overall.
UMB will now prepare for next weekend's Little East Conference tournament which will be held in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of Saturday's tri-match was record breaking accomplishment by senior hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.). The California native became just the second player in program history to record 1,000 kills and digs in her college career. The all-time leader in digs for a four-year player at UMass Boston, Porter currently has 1,011 kills in her standout career.
In the first match of the day the Beacons jumped out to 1-0 lead following a 28-26 victory in the first game. Oshkosh would then tie the score at 1-1 following their 25-18 decision in the second. In the third the Beacons squeezed out a 25-23 victory to retake the lead. Oshkosh would rally once again and earn a 25-20 win in the fourth to force a game five. In the fifth the two teams exchanged control of the lead, but it was Oshkosh who earned the win 15-13.
Porter led the Beacons in the loss with her 13 kills and .233 hitting percentage. Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) each finished with 10 kills, while Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) tallied nine. Setter Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) recorded 34 assists and also had six digs to her name. Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) put together another impressive performance with her 31 digs. Porter recorded her second straight double-double as she put-up 19 digs, followed by Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) who had 13.
Sousa led UMB at the net with her five block assists, followed by Pollock and Murphy who each had four. Murphy also threw down a pair of solo blocks as well.
In the second match of the afternoon, UMB earned a tough 29-27 win in the first game before cruising to a seven-point win in the second (25-18). In the third it was all UMB as they finished off Vassar with a 25-22 win to close out the regular season on a positive note.
Pollock continued her strong play in the final match tallying another 34 assists to go along with four digs and two block assists. Boland led the Beacons with 10 kills with Murphy right behind her with nine and an impressive .692 hitting percentage. Glavan was solid yet again on defense tallying 19 digs in the win. Both Murphy and Sousa recorded four block assists and one solo block respectively. Molly Witzmann (Encinitas, Calif.) finished with three block assists, followed by Porter who had two.
Volleyball returns to action next Saturday in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference tournament. The regular season champs will host the two-day three-match tournament in the Clark Athletic Gym. The Beacons will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Eastern Connecticut and Western Connecticut State University at a time still to be determined.