Volleyball Earns Second Straight Split on Final Day of Beacons Invite

Volleyball Earns Second Straight Split on Final Day of Beacons Invite

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second straight day, volleyball managed to salvage a split as they dropped game one to Roger Williams University by the final of 3-0, before picking-up a 3-2 win over Colby-Sawyer College on the final day of the 2014 Beacons Invitational in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

UMass took a 2-0 lead in their match with Colby-Sawyer, but were unable to put away the Chargers as CSC came battling back to earn wins in game three and four.  In the fifth the two teams were tied a total of 10 times, with the lead exchanging hands a total of three times.  It was kill by Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) that put the Beacons match-point.  Baker would then score the game-winner on an ace to help UMass Boston improve to 16-6 on the year.

In the opening match, Roger Williams did not let the Beacons build any momentum taking a 25-14 win in games one and three and a 25-19 win in game two.  The match was a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional semi-final in-which the Beacons walked away with a 3-1 victory.  The Hawks hit .317 in the match to defeat UMass.

UMass Boston 0, Roger Williams University 3

Against the Hawks, senior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) scored 17 of the Beacons 28 kills respectively.  Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) finished with 18 assists, and had nine digs and a pair of aces.  Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.)  led the contest with 20 digs and was 23-for-25 on service receptions.

Elizabeth Flaherty led RWU with 11 kills, while Katie Theiret posted a .533 hitting percentage as she went 8-for-15 without an attack error.  Nicole Weber carried the offense with 36 assists, and had two of the team's seven aces.  Kristen Boyer and Maria Batas combined for 28 digs respectively.

UMass Boston 3, Colby-Sawyer College 2

After taking a 25-13 win in game one and a 25-18 win in game two, the Beacons hit a wall in the third game as the Chargers were able to sneak by with a 28-26 decision.  In the fourth game, Colby-Sawyer controlled the late momentum to earn a 25-20 win.  The back-and-forth affair in the final game, would fall in favor of the Beacons thanks in part to a key kill by Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) and some key errors by the Chargers.

Murphy was the driving force behind the Beacons early run, as the Canton native ended the match with a 14 kills and had a match-high .444 hitting percentage.  Rocha posted 27 assists to bring her two match total to 45.  As a team the Beacons scored a season-high 13 aces, with three aces going to Baker, Murphy, and Glavan.  Defensively Glavan recorded 31 digs to make it the second time in the last three matches the sophomore posted 30 or more put-ups.  Murphy led the way for UMass at the net with three solo blocks, while Sousa also continued her strong blocking tallying two solo stops and one block assist.

The Beacons return to action on Tuesday when they host Bowdoin College at 6 p.m.