HAVERFORD, Pa. – On the second day of the Haverford College Invitational, the 22nd ranked Beacons got back on the winning track as they earned their first win of 2014 with a 3-0 decision over Widener University, before falling by the same score to the 26th ranked Mustangs of Stevenson University, Sunday afternoon.
With Sunday's split the Beacons closed out the two-day tournament with a 1-3 record overall. Sophomore hitter Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) had a strong first match as she led the Beacons with season-high .421 hitting percentage. UMass Boston came out firing in the first two games to earn 25-19 and 25-16 decisions. In the third, the Pride showed some late life and took control of the game early on. The Beacons, who trailed almost the entire time, were able to build some momentum and went on a 9-3 run to earn the 25-23 decision and the victory.
Against Stevenson University, the Beacons came out firing on all cylinders and caught the Mustangs completely off guard. UMass was hitting their spots in the early on-going to jump out to a 8-3 lead. However, the Mustangs came charging back and would eventually take the first game 25-20. Stevenson rebounded in game two to earn a 25-18 decision and to take a 2-0 lead over the Beacons. In the final game, UMass and Stevenson exchanged points back-and-forth, but with a quick four point flurry Stevenson was able to sneak out a 25-22 decision.
UMASS BOSTON 3, WIDENER UNIVERSITY 0
In the opening match, Murphy was solid from start to finish as the Canton native scored a match-best 10 kills on 19 attempts. The reigning Little East Offensive Player of the Year also grabbed a pair of aces and one block assist, to help the Beacons to their first win of the new campaign.
As a team the Beacons offense clicked for most of the match and finished off the Pride with a .313 hitting percentage, while the defense held Widener to a -.013 hitting percentage. Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) finished tied for second on the team with six kills each, with Boland also recording a career-best .667 hitting percentage.
Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) had her best match of the two-day tournament tallying 21 aces. Defensively, Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) tallied 11 digs and finished the match with a combined 24 service receptions. At the net Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) totaled two solo blocks and two block assists.
UMASS BOSTON 0, STEVENSON UNIVERSITY 3
Murphy led the Beacons with seven kills in the final game of the two-day tournament. Blair Boyer (Encinitas, Calif.), Morrison, and Jodie Munchbach (Dedham, Mass.) each recorded five kills in the tough loss. Rocha posted 14 assists, while Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Jillian Brown (Oak Park, Calif.) combined for seven assists respectively.
Defensively, Glavan recorded 24 digs in the match, while Munchbach totaled seven put-ups. As a team the Beacons totaled one solo block, and eight block assists.
The Beacons return to action on Friday when they face SUNY Canton and Babson College at the Endicott College Invitational. Start times are 5 and 7 p.m.