WELLESLEY, Mass. – A combined 13 service errors, including four in the fifth set proved to be the downfall of volleyball as they were handed their first in-region loss as Wellesley College defeated the Beacons 3-2 Friday evening at GM Martore '73 Court.
UMass Boston 2, Wellesley College 3
UMass Boston (12-2)
Wellesley College (11-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking as if though the Beacons were going to roll their non-conference rivals, UMass Boston cruised to a 25-8 first set win. In the second set, Wellesley evened the score at 1-1, with a 25-21 win. UMass would rally in the third to retake the lead with a 25-16 win. The fourth set, was another close one, but the Beacons were unable to put the match away as Wellesley forced a fifth frame with a 25-20 decision.
The fifth set, would be a back-and-forth battle, but key service errors by UMass Boston proved to be the major factor in Wellesley pulling out the win. Leading 13-12, the Beacons were called for their fourth service error of the set, which tied the score at 13-13.
After that play, Wellesley would move into match point with a kill by Meghan Shoop. The Beacons would stay alive with a huge kill by Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.), which made it 14 all. UMass then earned their first match-point of the night thanks to an ace by Melanie Fyda. Unfortunately, that would be the last point for UMass, as Wellesley recorded a kill and an ace to take a 16-15 lead. The final point of the night would come on an attack error on the Beacons, as the Blue earned a 17-15 victory.
Murphy along with Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) each recorded a team-high 14 kills. Murphy led the match with a .458 hitting percentage. Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) finished with a team-high 25 assists, while defensively Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) collected 18 digs. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) finished with a double-double of 14 digs and 11 kills. At the net the Beacons did manage one solo block and 14 block assists, but failed to get the key blocks they needed in the later part of the fourth and fifth sets, which allowed the Blue to hang around.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston entered the match ranked first in New England on the first NEWVA Regional Poll, which was released on Thursday
- Friday's loss marked the second five-set match of the week for the Beacons, having defeated Plymouth State on Tuesday
- UMass hit .226 on the night, while Wellesley finished with a .115 hitting percentage
The Beacons will host Babson College and Middlebury College tomorrow in a tri-match in the Clark Gymnasium. The Beacons will face Babson at 11, and Middlebury at 3. Babson and Middlebury will face each other at 1.