Volleyball Splits On Final Day of MIT Quad Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After cruising to a 3-0 win over Western New England University volleyball faced the host Engineers of MIT in the championship match of this year's Quad Invitational.  After tying the match at 1-1 through the first two games, the host Engineers squeezed off back-to-back wins to down the Beacons (14-13) by the final of 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the duPont Athletic Center.

With the split the Beacons three-match win-streak came to an end Saturday afternoon despite making a hard push against the Engineers.  UMass Boston still remains the only other team other than MIT to win the annual Quad Match with their last title coming in 2010. 

Following the conclusion of the third match a pair of Beacons were named to the All-Tournament for their standout play which saw UMB earn 3-0 wins over Rivier University and Western New England.  Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) and Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) were both named to the All-Tournament team. 

Glavan combined 38 digs on the second day alone to go along with her 19 that she recorded in Friday's win over the Raiders.  Pollock was just as impressive tallying 25 assists against Western New England, before finishing with 34 in the loss to the Engineers.

In the first match of the day, UMB had to pull out a pair of tight decisions to claim their third straight 3-0 victory.  Game one saw the Beacons hang on to earn a 25-23 win, before cruising to a 25-17 win in the second.  The third game saw UMB jump out to a comfortable lead in the beginning, but as the game continued to unfold the Golden Bears quickly closed the gap.

The Beacons would have to make a hard push at the end of the third to earn a 27-25 win and improve their record to 14-12.  Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) led the Beacons with nine kills, while Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) scored seven and finished with a season-high .429 hitting percentage.  The sophomore was also dangerous at the net as she combined for two solo blocks and four block assists.

Pollock tallied five aces and nine digs in the victory, while Christine DuPuis (Minden, Nev.) finished second on the team in put-ups with 10.  As a squad the Beacons tallied 10 total blocks in the victory with Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) each tallying one solo stop and a pair of block assists.

With MIT dispatching Rivier in their first match of the day, the two knew the tournament title would be on the line as the two squads stepped onto the hardwood.

With the exception of the second game, which UMB dominated MIT 25-12, all three games were extremely close.  MIT started the match off with a 25-19 victory in the first.  After the Beacons tied the match at 1-1, the Engineers pulled out a 25-22 decision in the third and a 26-24 decision in the fourth dropping UMB's record to 14-13 on the year.  The Engineers improved to 18-7 overall in a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional Tournament First Round.

Morrison was once again the go-to hitter for the Beacons with her 11 kills on 23 attempts.  Porter threw down nine spikes, followed by Murphy with eight.  Just like the first match of the day, Pollock was dangerous from the end line scoring four more aces to bring Saturday's total to nine respectively.

Defensively it was Glavan leading the charge with her 19 digs, with Porter right behind her with 15.  Sousa was sensational as well tallying seven block assists to once again lead the Beacons to a combined 10 total blocks.

Volleyball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for a 7 p.m. Little East Conference match.