December 13, 2013

Murphy Garners Second Team ECAC All-Star Honors

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - After a standout freshman season, in which she helped the 22nd ranked volleyball team to their fifth straight Little East tournament title, and third NCAA Regional crown in the last four seasons, middle hitter Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) has been named an ECAC Division III New England Second Team All-Star.

Murphy, who was named a Second Team selection by the Little East and All-Rookie Team honoree by NEWVA was the only player from the Little East Conference to be named an ECAC All-Star.

In 2013, the Canton native led the Beacons in kills per game with 2.35 and finished with a team-best .298 hitting percentage.  Having played in a total of 144 games, the freshman middle finished with 31 aces, which was tied for fourth most on the team, and had a team-best 117 blocks (25 solo blocks, 92 block assists).  In the Little East Conference she led all players in hitting percentage and finished sixth in kills with 339 and fifth in points with 441.0.

Throughout the postseason, Murphy played a key role in the Beacons.  In the conference championship she posted a .429 hitting percentage after scoring 11 kills on 21 attempts.  She would then fire off 10 kills and had four block assists in the NCAA Regional title game.  Murphy ended the three day regional tournament with a combined 27 kills and 14 block assists respectively.  In the first round of the NCAA Championship tournament, she totaled eight kills in the 3-1 loss to top ranked Calvin College.

In 2013, the Beacons under the direction of co-head coaches Terry Condon and Mike Houlihan posted an overall record of 24-16 and earned a perfect 7-0 record in conference play for only the third time program history.  Their five straight tournament titles tied the conference record, on their way to winning their second straight regional title and third since 2010.