The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team has successfully defended their NCAA regional title. UMass Boston earned their third NCAA regional championship in four years with a 3-1 win over Williams College on Sunday. The Beacons (24-15) will now travel to Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where they will face Calvin College on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA national tournament.
The Williams College Ephs took the first game, 25-19, but the Beacons won the second game 25-16, and never looked back. In the third game, which UMass Boston won 25-20, the Beacons had a match-high .378 hitting percentage. And although Williams College made a late push in the fourth game, the Beacons took that one too, 25-16.
Elizabeth Glavan, a freshman from Edina, Minnesota, had 27 of UMass Boston’s 80 digs in the championship match. She was named the regional NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Kirsten Morrison, a junior from North Reading who was named to the all-tournament team, was dominant throughout Sunday's championship with 10 kills and a .318 hitting percentage.
"I think we do focus a lot on defense as a team and we focus on never giving up. We're all willing to go to the floor and dive and dive in order to get the ball up and work for each other. If one person gets it up, we're going to make an effort to get it over, so I think it's a big team effort that we're all working collectively because we have the same goal to get the ball up and over," Glavan said.
Head Coach Terry Condon said the Beacons' recent success in the regional tourney helped them pull out a tough match on Sunday.
"You'll notice the last two games I played my four seniors most of the time because they'd been there and I think they calmed us down, and that's really important, to have that under your belt," Condon said.
For additional information about the Division III volleyball championship, visit: http://athletics.hope.edu/information/NCAAVB13/VBMain13.
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