BEVERLY, Mass. – On day two of the Endicott College Invitational UMass Boston volleyball dropped their final two matches of the two day tournament as they fell by the final of 3-2 to Bowdoin College and 3-0 to 16th ranked Eastern University (Pa.) Saturday afternoon.
With the two losses UMass Boston fell to 3-5 on the year as they prepare for the 2013 home opener on Wednesday in the Clark Athletic Gymnasium. The win improved overall record to 2-1 at the time, while Eastern will return to Pennsylvania carrying a 6-1 mark following their 3-0 victory over the Beacons.
Match 1 – UMass Boston 2, Bowdoin College 3
The Beacons first match of the day was a rematch from last year's NCAA New England Regional championship in which UMB handed Bowdoin a 3-2 loss to win their second regional title in the last three seasons. Right out of the gate the two teams went back-and-forth on the scoreboard with Bowdoin sneaking out a 25-23 win in the first game. From there UMB rolled to back-to-back wins earning a 25-14 victory in game two and a 25-13 win in game three. Unfortunately the Beacons were unable to secure the victory in the fourth as Bowdoin grabbed a 25-20 decision.
In the fifth, the Beacons started off in total of control of the game but that momentum eventually shifted in the favor of the Polar Bears as they stole a 16-14 win.
Freshman Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) led UMB with 11 kills, while senior Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, Calif.) and freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) lead the Beacons with hitting percentages of .350. Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) tallied 26 assists in the loss, but it was her serving in the second and third games that gave UMB huge advantages on the scoreboard. The sophomore finished with five of the Beacons 14 aces. Defensively Rocha tallied 12 digs to earn her first double-double of the year, while Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) recorded a match-high 17 digs for UMB.
Match 2 – UMass Boston 0, No. 16 Eastern University (Pa.) 3
The Beacons second match marked the first-ever meeting between them and the Eagles of Eastern University. The Eagles were also the second nationally ranked opponent UMB has faced this season.
In the first game, UMB came out firing as they completely caught the 16th ranked Eagles sleeping. Unfortunately they were not able to hold on down the stretch as the Eagles upended the Beacons 25-18. In the second and third games it was all Eastern as they took a 25-16 win in the game two and a 25-15 win in game three.
Boland once again led UMB in kills with nine, followed by Clemons show scored six and had a team-best .286 hitting percentage. Poland also picked-up nine digs in the loss to lead the Beacons defense. Senior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was second on the team in digs with eight. Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) and Rocha combined for 24 assists respectively.
Volleyball returns to action on Wednesday when they long awaited debut on their home court as they take on Keene State College in the 2013 Little East Conference opener. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.