Volleyball Earns First Conference Win of the Season

Volleyball Earns First Conference Win of the Season

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Colleen Koen's (Centerville, Mass.) match-high 14 kills volleyball picked-up their first Little East Conference win of the year as they defeated Western Connecticut State University by the final of 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Western Connecticut State U. 0

UMass Boston (8-1, 1-0 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State U. (8-3, 0-1 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the second straight match, Koen put on another strong offensive showing as she hit .522 on the day.  UMass Boston came out firing in the first set with a 25-10 win.  They then struggled to put away the Colonials in the second and third sets, but still managed to earn 25-18 wins in both frames.

Fellow senior Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) also had a huge match as the senior middle threw down 10 kills on 15 attempts for an impressive .667 hitting percentage.  Murphy, also became the fourth player in program history to record her 1,000th kill in the victory.  She also sits just two solo blocks away from tying the program record of 120. 

Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) combined for 20 assists on 35 attempts as she quarterbacked the offense to the conference win.  Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) continued her consistent play as she tallied 17 assists and was once again dangerous from the baseline as she scored a pair of service aces.  Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) posted 22 digs and had 11 service receptions and one ace. 

Freshman Melanie Fyda (Park Ridge, Ill.) also had a busy, but productive afternoon as she scored eight kills, while also recorded three aces, and five digs. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • With her 1,000th kill, Murphy becomes the first player since Corrine Porter to achieve the career milestone. 
  • Glavan now sits just 28 digs away from her 2,000th, which would make her the first player in program history to reach that mark
  • Baker is currently on pace to record her 1,500th career assist as she needs just 60 more assists, which would move her into second all-time
  • With Saturday's win, the Beacons have now defeated Western Connecticut in 13 of their last 14 meetings dating back to November 1, 2008
  • UMass Boston has now shutout the Colonials a total of 10 times in 29 meetings

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will host Tufts University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.