BEVERLY, Mass. – Volleyball got back on the winning track in a big way as they earned two hard fought victories on the first day of the Endicott College Invitational. With the victories the Beacons evened their overall record at 3-3 and in doing so also gave co-head coach Terry Condon her 200th career victory at UMass Boston Saturday evening.
Condon, who is the winningest coach in program history and perhaps one of the most successful coaches in the history of UMass Boston, led her Beacons to a 3-2 win over SUNY Canton and a 3-0 win over Babson College.
In their first five-game win of the season, the Beacons dropped the opener by the score of 30-28. They then rebounded in game two with a 29-27 victory. UMass then took a 2-1 lead with a 25-21 decision in game three. Down but not out, Canton battled back and handed the Beacons a 25-16 loss in game. In the fifth game, the Beacons came out firing and never looked back and earned a 15-8 win.
The momentum from that match, carried over into their next against Babson as they completely shutdown their intra-state rival. UMass took game one and game two by the finals of 25-14, while in game three the Beacons had to hold-off the Beavers to earn a tight 25-23 victory.
UMass Boston 3, SUNY Canton 2
Playing a major part in the Beacons back-and-forth battle with their first-time opponents was sophomores Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Patsy Boland (Chicago, Ill.). The duo combined for 29 kills respectively in the non-conference victory. Setters Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) each recorded a season-high 23 and 28 assists.
Combined the Beacons scored 12 aces, while defensively it was all Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) as the sophomore put-up an impressive 30 digs. Murphy was also dominant at the net scoring three block assists and one solo block.
UMass Boston 3, Babson 0
In the nightcap, the Beacons completely dominated the Beavers from start-to-finish. Blair Boyer (Encinitas, Calif.) scored a team-high six kills, while Rocha totaled 13 assists. The Beacons continued their strong serves as they totaled 11 aces, while Babson finished with just two. Defensively, Glavan finished with a team-high nine digs, and Boland managed two of the Beacons four solo blocks. With the win Condon became the first women’s coach to reach the 200-win plateau, and only the second coach in school history to hit that mark.
Volleyball will face Endicott College at 12 p.m. and NYU at 4 p.m. tomorrow on the final day of the Endicott Invitational.