Courtesy beaconsathletics.com and southernmainehuskies.com
DANBURY, Conn. - Two of the four major volleyball postseason awards bestowed by the ECAC in the Division III New England region were awarded to Little East Conference players this week. Sophomore libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) of UMass Boston was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Southern Maine freshman Jessica Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.) earned Rookie of the Year honors. With the honors, Glavan was First Team All-Star recipient, while Second Team distinction was given to Williamson. In addition, UMass Boston sophomore Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) was selected to the Second Team.
Glavan averaged 5.62 digs per game in the Beacons' run to a sixth-straight LEC Regular Season title. Appearing in all 116 sets, the three-time Little East Defensive Player of the Week became the first player in program history to surpass the 1,000 digs mark in just her sophomore campaign. In every match but one she finished with 10 or more digs, and recorded a season-best 36 digs in the 3-2 win over Western Connecticut. The program leader in digs in a match and in a season, Glavan totaled 30 or more put-ups an unprecedented eight times. She recorded back-to-back 30+ digs matches during the Beacons 11-match win-streak. In the win over Salisbury University she totaled 33, while against Williams College she totaled 32 respectively. Also dangerous from the end line, Glavan totaled 39 aces, which was third-most on the team.
A four-time ECAC Division III New England Rookie of the Week selection during the regular season, Williamson helped the Huskies compile an 18-14 overall record and receive the program's first postseason berth, the fifth-seed in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. The 5-foot-7 outside hitter rewrote the Huskies' record book this fall setting five school records. Williamson finished the season with a record 496 kills on 1,238 attacks and compiled a .250 hitting percentage. Her 4.55 kills per set led the Little East Conference and ranked eighth in the nation among Division III players. Williamson had 17 double doubles during the season. In addition to her outstanding hitting, Williamson had 352 digs (3.23 per set), 42 service aces and 20 total blocks.
For Murphy, she proved once again to be the most dominant hitter in the Little East Conference. With a conference best .295 hitting percentage, the Canton native scored 297 kills on 715 attempts. Appearing in all 116 sets, Murphy recorded 10 or more kills in 16 matches. She played a major part in leading the Beacons to their second straight 7-0 conference record. Her best match of the year came in the 3-2 win over Tufts University when she scored 20 kills on 42 attempts for a .381 hitting percentage. She also posted 19 kills in the 3-1 win over UMass Dartmouth. During the Beacons 11-match win-streak, Murphy recorded five straight matches with 11 or more kills, including 17 in the 3-2 victory over Williams College.