BOSTON, Mass. – Facing their first nationally-ranked opponent since their trip to Virginia, volleyball continued their strong team play as they knocked-off the 29th ranked Jumbos of Tufts University by the final of 3-1 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Tufts University 1
UMass Boston (9-1)
Tufts University (8-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons had to use a total team effort to hand the Jumbos their first loss of the 2016 season. After pulling out a 28-26 win in the first set, the Beacons were handed their first loss since their home opener against Emerson College, as the Jumbos earned a 25-20 decision.
In the third set UMass grinded out a 25-20 win, while in the fourth and final set, the Beacons cruised past their crosstown rivals earning a 25-13 victory.
The highlight of Tuesday's win was the record setting performance by senior middle Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.). Murphy, took over as the program leader in solo blocks with her 121st career solo stop on one of the biggest points of the match. The newest member of the 1,000 club for kills, Murphy was solid from start to finish as she scored three solo block and three block assists. Offensively, she connected for 11 kills and hit .476 against one of the top blocking teams in Division III.
Joining the offensive onslaught was fellow senior Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) who had a match-high 16 kills in the victory. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) continued her strong play as she scored 11 kills to go along with eight digs and two aces.
Setters Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) each tallied a combined 40 assists respectively, but it was the strong play of Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) that earned the Beacons the first set win. Maslach, who subbed in late in the first dropped in four perfect assists to carry the Beacons to the two point victory.
Defensively, Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) managed to battle through one of her tougher matches this season and finished with 13 digs. At the net Melanie Fyda (Park Ridge, Ill.) picked-up three block assists to help add to the Beacons eight total blocks.
The Beacons held the Jumbos to just a .141 hitting percentage, while they finished with a .284 hitting percentage.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston and Tufts are tied at 6-6 in the all-time series
- UMass Boston is now 4-0 all-time on their home floor when facing the Jumbos
- Koen's 16 kills was the second-most kills of the year for the senior
- Glavan is now just 15 digs away from her 2,000th career dig
- Murphy broke the original program record of 120 solo blocks set by three-time All-American Shannon Thompson '13
- Murphy is now tied for fourth all-time in career block assists with 219
The Beacons will travel to Cambridge to take on another top team in New England in MIT. Start time for that match is 6 p.m.