NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – A total team effort guided volleyball to a pair of 3-0 victories as they defeated Husson University and Suffolk University Saturday afternoon at Smith College.
UMass Boston 3, Husson University 0
UMass Boston 3, Suffolk University 0
UMass Boston (6-1)
Husson University (0-4)
Suffolk University (3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons used nearly their entire roster in the first match against Husson University. The Beacons came out firing in the first set to earn a 25-5 win. They then carried that momentum through the final two frames (25-9, 25-17) as they cruised to their fifth win of the 2016 season. As a team the Beacons hit .382 in the victory with newcomer Shaya Shally-Jensen (Amherst, Mass.) leading the offense with five kills. Emily Steinberg (Moorpark, Calif.) anchored the Beacons back row with her eight digs.
In the second match of the afternoon, the Beacons put on one of their best displays of offense to-date against their crosstown rivals. The Beacons hit .407 in the first set to earn a 25-19 win. In the second, they posted a .296 hitting percentage to earn a 25-12 win. They continued to pound the ball in the third, hitting .355 in the 25-12 decision. On the day the Beacons hit .353 with Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) hitting a match-high 12 kills.
Right behind her was Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) with her 11 kills and .625 hitting percentage. Setter Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) carried the Beacons offense with her 21 assists and face aces. Christina Elliott also had a strong day for the Beacons tallying nine assists and three aces in the non-conference win.
Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) continued her pursuit of 2,000 career digs as she totaled 13 in the victory bring her career total to 1,939.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the two wins UMass Boston is now 3-0 against in-region opponents and 5-1 on the road this season.
- Saturday's match with Husson University marked the first-ever between the Beacons and the Eagles
- UMass Boston is now 8-4 all-time against Suffolk University with Saturday's match marking the first since the 2009 season
- The Beacons have now won five straight over the Rams
- Murphy now needs just 13 kills to reach 1,000 for her career
The Beacons will host Brandeis University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.