October 11, 2013

Volleyball Cruises Past Regionally Ranked Trinity College (CT)

BOSTON, Mass. - Led by Bri Sousa's (Swansea, Mass.) match-high 11 kills volleyball dominated regionally ranked Trinity College defeating the 13th ranked Bantams by the final of 3-0 Friday evening in the Clark Athletic Gym.

The victory marked the third straight for the Beacons over Trinity College and the first-ever 3-0 win.  It also tied the all-time series at 4-4 between the two non-conference rivals.  UMB used the momentum from the 25-23 win in the first game to carry them to a 25-20 victory in the second and a 25-17 win in the third.  The deciding game should have been decided earlier, but the Bantams were able to grind out five straight points, before Sousa was able to drop in the deciding kill to secure the victory.

Friday's win also marked the second for the Beacons over a regionally ranked opponent this season.  To date UMass Boston has faced six regionally and five nationally ranked teams based on the most recent NEWVA and AVCA Coaches polls.  The first win over a regionally ranked opponent came in the 3-1 decision over Connecticut College.

Not only did Sousa's 11 kills lead the way for UMB, but the Beacons as a whole showed all new life in Friday's huge win.  As a team the Beacons hit .264, which consisted of a .343 hitting percentage in the tight game one victory.  As a squad the Beacons threw down 41 kills to Trinity's 29.  Setter Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) was beyond aggressive as she finished with a career-high 34 assists, breaking her original personal best by nine. 

The Beacons also saw three of their top hitters score a combined 24 kills respectively, with freshman Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) totaling nine in the victory.  Freshman Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) led the contest with a .500 hitting percentage as she went 7-for-12 with only one error.  Senior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) made her return to the hitter position, as the three-time Little East Conference selection scored eight kills, while also coming up with 14 digs. 

Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) totaled four kills to help the offense, but her strong play at the net resulted in UMB's lone solo block, and one of the four block assists.  In the back row Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) came-up with 21 digs, which marked only the fourth time this season the freshman libero has recorded 20 or more put-ups in a match. 

For the Bantams, Hannah Brickley scored 10 kills on 35 attempts and also finished with eight digs.  Hunter Drews and Kate Giddens each finished with six, while Kristen Cooprider led the defense with 11 digs.  Setters Amy Hackett and Gina Buzzelli each tallied 10 assists.

Volleyball returns to action tomorrow when they face Endicott College at 12:00 p.m. and Haverford College (Pa.) at 6:00 p.m. on day one of the 2013 Beacons Invitational.