November 12, 2013

Six from Volleyball Earn Little East Conference Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference has announced the 2013 volleyball major award winners and all-conference teams.  Earning Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors was freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.), while freshman libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  In total six Beacons were named all-conference honorees, with two earning a spot on the first team and four on the second team.

Earning First Team All-Conference honors was Murphy and junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.), while on the second team it was Glavan, freshman Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.), senior Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.), and senior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

For Murphy she became the first player in program history to be named Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman.  The middle hitter had an impressive freshman campaign as she was named the LEC Rookie of the Week a total of three times.  The conference leader in hitting percentage, the Canton native closed out the 2013 regular and LEC postseason season with a .311 hitting percentage.  She scored a combined 304 kills, which was second most in the conference and played in 129 of a possible 130 games.  Her 2.36 kills per game sits seventh most in the Little East, while her 3.04 points per game is sixth best in the conference.  She currently leads the Beacons defense with 24 solo blocks and 75 block assists.  Perhaps her biggest match of the year came in the 3-2 win over Keene State College on September 11.  Against the Owls, she combined for 16 kills on 23 attempts for a .609 hitting percentage.  She also had one solo block and three block assists.  Over the weekend she recorded a combined 16 kills and six total blocks to lead the Beacons to their fifth straight Little East title.

Glavan also achieved a program first in being named the Defensive Player of the Year.  Perhaps one of the most talented liberos in the Little East, the Minnesota native recorded a conference best 5.27 digs per game during her rookie season.  In a combined 109 games played, Glavan tallied 574 digs and also finished with a total of 696 total service receptions.  Over the weekend she combined for 46 digs respectively to lead UMB to a 3-0 win over Western Connecticut State and a 3-1 win over Keene State.  Her best overall performance came in the 3-2 loss to Haverford College on October 12 when she put-up an incredible 39 digs to set the program record for digs in a five-game match.  She would later finish with 31 digs in a back-and-forth match with Wisconsin-Oshkosh at the Vassar College Tri-Match.  Not only was she dangerous in the back row, Glavan also proved to be one of the Beacons top servers as she totaled 39 aces on the year, including four in the 3-0 win over Vassar on November 2.

Morrison earned her first-ever First Team All-Conference honors on Tuesday.  The 6'2" middle hitter was beyond consistent all season long for head coaches Terry Condon and Michael Houlihan.  In a total of 112 games played, the North Reading native threw down 213 kills and finished the year with a .263 hitting percentage, which ranks fourth in the Little East.  Her 253.0 points was third most on this year's team, while her 16 solo blocks ranked second and her 56 block assists ranked third.  Her best overall match was in the five-set come-from-behind victory over Keene State College in September.  Morrison totaled a season-high 12 kills in the victory and also had two solo blocks and three block assists.

Boland's freshman season has been an impressive one as she sits tied for first on the team in kills per game with 2.36.  The 2013 Little East Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Boland played in 122 games and started in all 36 matches for UMB.  One of the Beacons most versatile players, Boland also showed tremendous skill in the back row as she totaled 182 digs, (3rd most on the team).  She would go on to record a total of 18 blocks and 15 aces as well. On the year, the Chicago native recorded 10 or more kills in 14 matches including a career-high 19 against Keene State in September.  In the Little East tournament she finished with a combined 26 kills and four block assists respectively to earn the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honors.

Pollock's Second Team All-Conference selection came after the senior hitter turned setter helped the Beacons to their third 7-0 record in Little East Conference play.  A three-time Little East Offensive Player of the Week and one-time ECAC New England Player of the Week, Pollock put together one of the most impressive second-half of the seasons in recent memory.  In the month of October the California native averaged nearly nine assists per game for the Beacons.  She ended the regular and Little East postseason ranked third in assists with 728 (6.87 apg).  Since taking over as the Beacons go-to setter in late September she never finished a match with less than 13 assists.  In the month of October she recorded nine-straight matches with 30 or more assists including a 45 assist performance in the LEC championship match against Keene State College.  Her greatest showing in a Beacons uniform came when she combined for 56 assists in the October 12 match with Haverford College.

For Porter, she earned her fourth straight All-Little East Conference selection on Tuesday.  The senior hitter from Huntington Beach became all-time leader in digs this past season, while also becoming only the second player in program history to record 1,000 kills and digs in a career.  This season, Porter not only made her mark as one of the Beacons clutch hitters, but they also looked to her defensive ability to help lead them to their fifth straight conference title.  In a total of 114 games, Porter totaled 286 digs and 158 kills.  She also finished with 48 assists and had 23 block assists and two solo blocks.  In the Little East Conference tournament championship match she recorded a double-double of 13 kills and digs to lead the Beacons to a 3-1 win over Keene State College.  Going into the NCAA tournament, Porter stands at 1,033 kills and 1,332 digs in her four seasons in Boston.