BOSTON, Mass. – Senior All-American Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) added another record to her already impressive resume, as the Canton native took over as the program leader in career blocks as volleyball cruised to a 3-0 conference win over Rhode Island College Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium
UMass Boston 3, Rhode Island College 0
UMass Boston (19-3, 6-0 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (9-11, 0-5 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Murphy's career day marked another impressive record for the four year starter and three-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. After tying the record in the first set, Murphy notched the new program mark for total blocks with her 377th career put-down in the second set. The Canton native ended the victory with four solo stops to bring her career total to 379. She also had eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
After a long four days away from competition, the Beacons were a little sluggish. Rhode Island College tried to capitalize from this but were shut down by the duo of Murphy and Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.). The Beacons notched a 25-15 win in the first, before taking a 25-12 win in the second. In the third set, UMass had to overcome a late push by the Anchorwomen, but did manage to secure a 25-18 win.
Koen, was just as impressive in the Beacons win as she scored 12 kills and finished with a .611 hitting percentage. Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) and Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) combined for 24 assists respectively, with Elliott also scoring a pair of service aces.
Michelle St. Louis also had her best match of the season, as the sophomore collected one service ace and was a perfect 11-for-11 on serve attempts. The defensive specialist also had three digs and four service receptions in the win.
Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) tallied a match-high 12 digs to lead the Beacons defense. She was also had a strong serving night as the senior finished with a match-high three aces.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Murphy's record night broke the original mark of 376 set by three-time All-American and assistant coach Shannon Thompson
- As a team the Beacons hit .356, while the Anchorwomen finished the night hitting .000
- The Beacons combined for nine aces in the win, but were also charged with nine service errors
- UMass Boston has now won nine straight 3-0 matches, and have won 14 straight over the Anchorwomen since 2007
- With the win the Beacons earned at-least a share of their eighth straight Little East Conference regular season title
The Beacons will travel to Amherst College on Friday to take on SUNY Canton at 7:30 p.m. on the first day of the Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament.