BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined .405 hitting percentage, volleyball secured their eighth straight Little East Conference Regular Season title and the number one seed throughout the conference tournament as the Beacons cruised past the University of Southern Maine, 3-0 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, University of Southern Maine 0
UMass Boston (23-3, 7-0 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (15-11, 2-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After honoring their four senior members prior to the start of the match, the Beacons made quick work of the Huskies in the first set with a 25-11 win. In the second set, the Beacons struggle to put away their opponent, but still managed to record a 25-21 win. IN the third set, UMB jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, despite a late push by the Huskies, as they earned a 25-15 victory.
Leading the Beacons was senior Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) who recorded eight kills and a .571 hitting percentage. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) posted nine kills, which was a team-high, while senior Collen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) also recorded eight kills and finished with a .400 hitting percentage.
Senior Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) collected a match-high 16 assists, and also had three of the team's 12 aces. Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.), led the match with four aces, and posted 13 digs in her final regular season home game.
At the net, Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) posted three block assists, while Murphy threw down a pair of solo blocks. Rachel Maslach (Berlin Center, Ohio) and Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) each recorded 10 assists in the win.
For the Huskies Jess Williamson continued her strong showing for USM as she recorded a match-high 10 kills on an impressive 32 attempts. Megan Nilson collected 11 assists, while Jenna Graves finished with eight digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston's 7-0 record in conference play marks the fifth in program history
- UMB has now won 12 straight over the Huskies, with 11 of those wins coming in straight sets
- All-time the Beacons are now 17-11 against USM
- This year's senior class is 27-1 all-time in Little East Conference play
The Beacons will travel to San Antonio, Texas on Friday for the two-day Trinity University National Invitational. The Beacons will face Augusburg College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 4 and 7:30 p.m. EST.