BEVERLY, Mass. – For the first time since the 2011 season, volleyball walked away from the Endicott College Invitational with a perfect 4-0 mark as the Beacons defeated the host Gulls of Endicott College by the final of 3-1 and NYU by the final of 3-0 Saturday afternoon.
Fresh off of a pair of huge wins yesterday evening that earned head coach Terry Condon her 200th career victory as the leader of the Beacons, UMass continued to fire on all cylinders on the final day of the invite.
In the opener, UMass nearly earned the shutout victory, but the Gulls managed to pull out a 25-23 decision to take an early 1-0 lead. Following that loss, the Beacons would seize control of the match earning a hard fought 25-20 win in game two, before cruising to a 25-19 win in game three and 25-13 win in game four.
After the huge win, the Beacons avenged their loss to NYU from last season with a 3-0 victory. With a 27-25 decision in the opening game, UMass earned a 25-22 victory in game two. They then earned the shutout with a 25-18 victory in the third and final game.
UMass Boston 3, Endicott College 1
Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) continued her strong play in the first match of the day scoring a match-high 11 kills, while also finishing with a .346 hitting percentage. Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) totaled 25 assists to lead the Beacons to the non-conference win. The Florida native also had four of the team's 15 aces, and finished with 10 digs to give her, her first double-double of the year.
Defensively the Beacons had five players finish with 10 or more digs, and were led by All-Tournament selection Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) who had 22 digs. At the net Bri Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) totaled seven block assists. UMass posted season-high 22 block assists as they continued their strong play.
UMass Boston 3, NYU 0
In perhaps their toughest challenge of the weekend, the Beacons showed that they can compete with anyone in the world of Division III volleyball.
This time it was sophomore hitter Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.) who led the Beacons offense with her nine kills. Right behind her was Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.), Blair Boyer (Encinitas, Calif.), and Sousa with seven kills each. Rocha put-up a total of 20 assists, while Baker finished with 16. Glavan tallied 15 digs to once again lead the Beacons defense.
The Beacons return to action on Friday when they take on Salisbury University at 4 p.m. and Williams College at 8 p.m. in the first round of the UMass Boston Invitational.