Women’s Volleyball Team Wins NCAA Regional; Advances to Elite Eight

November 13, 2012

Colleen Locke

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The University of Massachusetts Boston women’s volleyball team had just won their NCAA regional championship game on Sunday, and senior Kayla Wilson was at a loss for words.

“I don’t think I could even describe the feeling that I’m feeling right now. We’ve been aiming for this all year. As a senior, I [have] wanted this my whole life,” Wilson said. “Our goal was to make it to the Elite Eight and we accomplished that. Our next goal is to become national champions.”

UMass Boston defeated Bowdoin College 3-2 at Connecticut College in New London on Sunday, earning a spot in the quarterfinals of the Division III national tournament in Holland, Mich.

The Beacons opened the NCAA regionals on Friday with a 3-1 victory over MIT on Friday, followed by a 3-2 win against Connecticut College on Saturday.

Wilson earned a place on the All-Tournament Team and senior Shannon Thompson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

“We’ve got to just keep working hard. [Take] one game at a time,” Thompson said.

The Beacons will face Christopher Newport University on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. >> Watch the game live.


Women’s Soccer Team Falls in Opening Round Matchup

Last week, the Beacons had two teams in NCAA tournaments simultaneously for the first time. On Saturday, the No. 25 Beacons women’s soccer team (18-3) lost 5-1 to No. 6 Ithaca College (18-1-2) in the first round of the tournament.

The Beacons had their best season in program history, setting school records for wins (18), conference wins (6), and goals scored (70). The Beacons also earned their first Little East Conference regular season title, first LEC Championship title, and first trip to the NCAA tournament.