HAVERFORD, Pa. – On the first day of the 2014 season, the 22nd ranked Beacons (0-2) suffered a pair of losses as they were defeated by Susquehanna University, 3-1 and the host Fords of Haverford College, 3-0 on Saturday in the first day of Haverford Invitational.
Overall the Beacons struggled to build any momentum in their 2014 openers. Against Susquehanna, the Crusaders won the first game by the final of 25-18. The Beacons then rallied in the second with a 25-22 decision. In the third, the Beacons tried to complete a late game rally, but fell short as the Crusaders pulled out a 28-26 decision. In the final game, the Crusaders earned a 25-18 victory to hand the Beacons their first loss of 2014.
In the nightcap, the host Fords cruised in the first two games, defeating UMass by the finals of 25-17 and 25-16. With their backs up against the wall in the third game, the Beacons battled back-and-forth with Haverford, but in the end the Fords managed to sneak by with a 25-23 win.
As a team the Beacons struggled all afternoon to get anything going offensively, but the Beacons also gave up a combined 27 points on service errors alone in the two matches.
UMASS BOSTON 1, SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY 3
In their 2014 debut, Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) led the Beacons with 10 kills and had a pair of block assists. Jodie Munchbach (Dedham, Mass.) finished second with seven kills, while defensively she totaled eight digs in the loss. Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) continued her strong play from her freshman year tallying 18 digs against the Crusaders.
UMASS BOSTON 0, HAVERFORD COLLEGE 3
Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) totaled 17 assists, while hitter turned setter Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) totaled 11 assists. Combined three players finished with 10 or more digs, starting with Glavan who had 19 in the loss. After her freshman Breanna Kemp (Red Bluff, Calif.) totaled 15, while Munchbach tallied 18 digs.
The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they face Widener University at 10 a.m. and the 26th ranked Mustangs of Stevenson University at 2 p.m.