AMHERST, Mass. – After a very slow start, volleyball rallied in a big way thanks to a 21 kill, five block performance by Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) as the Beacons earned a 3-1 win over Trinity College on day two of the Hall of Fame Invitational hosted by Amherst College.
UMass Boston 3, Trinity College (CT) 1
UMass Boston (21-3)
Trinity College (9-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After hitting just .071 in the first set, which resulted in a Trinity College 25-22 win, the Beacons rallied in a huge way over the final three frames. The Beacons evened the score at 1-1, with 25-22 win, as they hit .208. In the third set, UMB continued to distance themselves from the Bantams as they recorded a 25-14 win. In the final frame, it was all UMass from start to finish as they earned a 25-16 win, thanks to an impressive .500 (12-24) hitting display.
Murphy finished the afternoon 21-for-31 with only one error against her for a strong .645 hitting percentage. At the net the Canton native recorded one solo stop and four block assists. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) had another strong match with 14 kills, and 13 digs. Melanie Fyda (Park Ridge, Ill.) also carried the Beacons with nine kills and 10 digs.
Defensively, it was all Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) as she recorded 24 digs, while at the base line she finished with three aces. As a team, the Beacons combined for seven total blocks, and ended the match hitting .244.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass is now 5-4 against the Bantams
- The Beacons have now won four straight, and five in their last six meetings
- Murphy's 21 kills marked a season-high for the All-American
- Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) recorded 22 assists in the win
The Beacons will face Amherst College at 1 p.m. to close out the two-day tournament.