Volleyball Splits on First Day of NYU Violet Classic

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – On the first day of the New York University Violet Classic volleyball recorded a 3-0 win over Rochester Institute of Technology and a 3-1 loss to SUNY New Paltz Friday evening at the Coles Sports Center.

With the split the Beacons record now stands at 5-6 on the year.  In the win over RIT, the Beacons dominated play from start to finish as they earned a 25-23 win in game one, before taking a 25-7 win in game two and a 25-17 win the third game.  Against New Paltz the Beacons dropped a 25-18 loss in the first game, before picking up a 25-20 win in the second.  In the third New Paltz defeated UMB 25-17.  In the decisive game four the Beacons tried to make a push in the end but fell just short by the score of 25-23.

MATCH ONE – UMass Boston 3, RIT 0

In the opener, the Beacons got off to a slow start in the opening frame, but once the Beacons hit their stride they could not be stopped.  Offensively, the Beacons saw freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) lead the way with her seven kills and match high .417 attack percentage.  Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) both finished with six kills each and hit over .333 in the three game victory.

Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) tallied 12 assists, while senior Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) finished with 11.  As a team the Beacons scored 11 aces, with Porter recorded six of that herself.  Defensively, Boland led the team with eight digs, followed by Christine DuPuis (Minden, Nev.) who had seven.

MATCH TWO – UMass Boston 1, SUNY New Paltz 3

In the second match it was Boland who led the Beacons with 12 kills, with Murphy right behind her with eight throw downs.  Rocha put-up 19 assists to help fuel the offense.  Porter for the second straight match was dominant at the end-line as she dropped in three aces. 

Perhaps the standout performance of the afternoon belonged to freshman libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) who recorded 22 digs.  Porter's defense was also solid as she recorded 11 digs.  At the net, the Beacons combined for nine block assists and one solo stop.

Volleyball returns to action tomorrow when they take on NYU at 10:30 a.m. and DeSales University at 12:30 p.m.