PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A total of five players for the now seven-time Little East Conference championship volleyball team earn All-Conference honors. Seniors Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) were once again named the conference's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively.
For Murphy and Glavan, they become the first players in the history of UMass Boston volleyball and the Little East Conference to be named four-time recipients of the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Earning First Team honors was senior Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.), while senior Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) and sophomore Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) earned Second Team honors.
During their senior seasons, Murphy and Glavan have set multiple program records, while leading the Beacons back to the NCAA Regional tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
Glavan, who was the first Beacon to be named Defensive Player of the Year, has cemented her place as the top libero in New England. The only player in program history, to surpass the 2,000 dig mark for her career, Glavan was in her own class this season. Perhaps the most decorated libero in New England volleyball history, Glavan now holds every single record in UMass Boston history. This season, Glavan has totaled 610 digs, which is 43 away from tying her single season record of 653, and has averaged 5.30 digs per set. Named the Defensive Player of the Week a league leading six times, the Minnesota native will enter this year's regional tournament with 2,411 digs. She also stands with 178 career service aces, and currently has 51 aces this season.
Murphy's senior campaign has seen the Canton native set new program marks in solo blocks, block assist, total blocks, while also hitting a career-high .409. In 32 matches played, Murphy sits with a career-high 339 kills (2.90 kps). She also boasts 42 solo blocks and 65 block assists for an impressive 107 total blocks. She is averaging 3.9 points per set and has appeared in 479 sets this season. All-time, Murphy stands with 147 solo blocks and 269 block assists, for an impressive for 416 total blocks. In 131 matches played, the two-time All-American has combined for 1,271 career kills, which is second most all-time. This season, Murphy has erupted as the top hitter in the New England region, as she has recorded 10 or more kills in 20 plus matches, including a season-high 21 in the 3-1 win over Trinity College.
Baker's senior season, has seen the setter record 556 assists (4.88 aps), 39 aces, and 133 digs in 114 sets played. Ranked second all-time in program history with 1,832 assists, Baker has recorded 10 or more assists in every this season, but one. She has tallied 20 or more assists in eight matches, and earned a season-high 36 helpers in the 3-2 win over Stevenson University in the second match of the year. In the LEC, Baker sits sixth overall in total assists, and is seventh in assists per set. The All-Conference honor marks the second straight for the Florida native.
Shi, who was the 2015 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, earned her first Second Team honor after leading the Beacons to their seventh tournament crown last Saturday. The 2016 Tournament MVP, Shi has recorded a career-high 340 kills, .245 hitting percentage, 56 aces, 298 digs, and 26 tota blocks this fall. Since October 28, Shi has averaged 14.3 kills per set, and has scored a career-best 18 kills in two separate matches. During that stretch she has also recorded three double-doubles. On October 1 she earned 23 digs and 14 kills against Middlebury College, while on October 22 she posted a double-double of 20 digs and 17 kills.
Koen's senior season on the harbor campus, has been the best of her four-year college career. In 31 matches played, Koen has combined for a career-high 312 kills, 2.81 kills per set, a .235 hitting percentage, and six solo blocks. Her 31 total blocks is second-most since arriving at UMB. Her best match by far this season, came in the 3-2 win over Plymouth State University as the Centerville native threw down 27 kills on 41 attempts, while also finishing with a .537 hitting percentage. The 27 kills was one-short of tying the single match record at UMass Boston. She has combined for 10 or more kills in 15 matches this season.