BOSTON, Mass. – Beacons volleyball began their pursuit of a sixth straight Little East Conference title in dominating fashion as they defeated the Anchorwomen of Rhode Island College by the final of 3-1 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
With the victory, head coach Terry Condon earned her 400th career coaching win in this her 17thseason as college head coach. She now joins an elite class of coaches, as she becomes the first coach in UMass Boston history to reach the 400 career win plateau.
Earlier this season, Condon eclipsed the 200 win mark as the head coach of the Beacons, as she looks to lead UMass Boston to their sixth title in her 10 seasons in Boston.
Winners of 10-straight, the Beacons improved their overall record to 11-3, 1-0 in the Little East. Rhode Island College fell to 3-7, 1-1 in the conference following Tuesday’s loss.
The Beacons came out firing in the first game as they hit a combined .423 to earn a 25-11 win. In the final two games, UMass struggled to get any going as they hit just .162 and .167 to earn back-to-back 25-14 wins.
Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) threw-down a match-high 11 kills on 17 attempts. Blair Boyer (Encinitas, Calif.) dropped in five kills, while Alex Gibbs (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) recorded her first collegiate kill to give the Beacons match point. Sophomore transfer Kristina Rubico (Chelmsford, Mass.) hit .400 in the match as she scored three kills.
The setting duo of Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) combined for 26 assists respectively. Rocha was also dominant from the end-line scoring five aces to match sophomore Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.). Defensively, Glavan put-up 14 digs and had 19 service receptions. At the net, Murphy was dominant in the later part of the match scoring five solo blocks and three block assists.
For the Anchorwomen Lauren Palazzini had a team-best four kills, followed by Sierra Smith who registered three. Abigayl White totaled eight assist and five digs. Megan Armburg tied the match-high with 14 digs.
Volleyball returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Keene State College for a 6 p.m.conference match.