CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a match-up of two of the top teams in New England, UMass Boston put on one of their best showings to-date as they cruised to a 3-0 non-conference win over MIT Thursday evening at the Rockwell Cage.
In the decisive in-region win the Beacons earned a 25-21 victory in the first and third sets, and also grabbed a 25-23 win in the second set. The Beacons win-streak now stands at seven wins, while the victory ended MIT's eight-match win-streak, all of which were 3-0 victories over in-region opponents.
The Beacons also saw a program milestone reached, that no one in the history of UMass Boston has ever come close to. Senior Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) became the first player in the program's long history to surpass the 2,000 career dig mark. The Minnesota native achieved that feat on her first dig of the third set, as she closed out the win with 19 put-ups.
Leading the Beacons offensive effort was Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) who hit an unbelievable .714 scoring a match-high 10 kills on 14 attempts. As a team the Beacons led the match with a .194 hitting percentage, and recorded just five service errors all night
For the Engineers, they hit .188 overall, and hit a combined 10 service errors, all of which came at crucial points in the match. The Beacons took advantage of each MIT mistake as they rallied in each set to takedown their crosstown rivals.
Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Mass.) combined for 14 assists in the victory, while Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) finished with seven kills to help carry the Beacons to the win. Murphy also dominated at the net for a third straight match, as she totaled one solo block and four block assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass now leads the all-time series with MIT 5-4.
- Thursday's win marked the first for the Beacons in Cambridge since 2011
- Going into the match, MIT was 6-0 on their home floor and had won all of those matches in straight sets
- Koen reached 100 kills for the season in the victory
- The last time UMass Boston 10-1 through their first 11 matches was in 2010
The Beacons will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a conference match.