October 13, 2013

Volleyball Earns A Split on Final Day of 2013 Beacons Invitational

BOSTON, Mass. - A hard fought 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) win over Babson College, followed by a 3-0 (22-25, 18-25, 24-26) loss to Colby-Sawyer College is how volleyball closed out day two of the 2013 Beacons Invitational Sunday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

With the Sunday split the Beacons once again fall just under the .500 mark as they now stand at 11-12 after playing five matches in the span of two and half days.  Of the five teams UMB faced four were ranked in New England.

Babson came into Sunday's match with the Beacons ranked 12th in New England, while the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer were ranked 14th on the most recent NEWVA Coaches poll.

In the Beacons lone win of the weekend senior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the team with eight kills and a .400 hitting percentage.  Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) scored seven kills on 13 attempts to finish with a .385 hitting percentage.  Senior setter Megan Pollock (Wilton, Calif.) tallied 28 assists, while Porter and Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) led the back row with a combined 28 digs respectively.  At the net UMB tallied five blocks as a team and held the Beavers to a .132 hitting percentage.

The final match of the day saw Colby-Sawyer jump out to a 2-0 lead before the Beacons even knew what hit them.  After earning a 25-22 win in the first game and a 25-18 win in the second Co-Head Coaches Mike Houlihan and Terry Condon decided to shake things up a little bit in the third.

In the final game of the tournament the Beacons saw freshmen Kimie Taketa (Torrance, Calif.), Jodie Munchbach (Dedham, Mass.), Cailin Fredrickson (Columbia, Md.), Lacee Kilgore (Grand Junction, Colo.), Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.), Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Glavan step onto the hardwood in front of their friends and family.  Also making an appearance in the third game were sophomores Danni Marotto (Lancaster, N.Y.), Blair Boyer (Encinitas, Calif.), Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) along with Pollock as UMB battled back-and-forth with the Colby-Sawyer starters. 

The new faces did not back down to the challenge and actually pushed the Chargers to their limit.  In total the score was tied 14 times and there was a match-high seven lead changes in the third game alone.  Munchbach and Baker were at the forefront of the young group of Beacons as the duo combined for five kills respectively.  With the libero jersey on, Taketa tallied 12 digs in just two games and received a combined nine Colby-Sawyer serves.

Despite taking a 24-21 lead in the third the Beacons were unable to hold off a surging Colby-Sawyer team as the Chargers rallied to take the 26-24 win, their second of the tournament.

Volleyball returns to action on Tuesday when they host UMass Dartmouth at 6 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.