LEXINGTON, Kentucky – A program record four players earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northeast Region honors Thursday afternoon, as announced by the AVCA.
Not only did the Beacons receive four total All-Region selections, but a program first three players were named to the First Team. Seniors Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) and Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) were repeat First Team honorees, while sophomore Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) also found a spot on the First Team. Senior Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) was named an Honorable Mention selection.
The only player in program history, to surpass the 2,000 dig mark for her career, Glavan has cemented her position as the best libero in New England. The all-time leader at UMass Boston in every dig category, Glavan became the first player in Little East Conference history to be named a four-time Defensive Player of the Year. 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.
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. She also boasts a career-high hitting percentage of .409.
Shi, who was the 2016 Little East Conference Tournament MVP, has recorded a career-high 340 kills, .245 hitting percentage, 56 aces, 298 digs, and 26 total 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.
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, as they Beacons prepare for the regional tournament.