UMass Boston Has Won More Tournament Titles Than Any Other Volleyball Team in Little East Conference History
UMass Boston secured its eighth Little East Conference Tournament title on Saturday and earned a spot in the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament New England Regional.
The No. 6 seed UMass Boston Beacons (15-15) will face the No. 3 Tufts University Jumbos (22-6) at Johnson & Wales University on Friday at 12:30 p.m.
UMass Boston punched their ticket with a 3-0 win over Keene State College in the LEC Tournament final. The Beacons have now won eight tournament titles in nine years, more than any other volleyball team in conference history. The victory also means Head Coach Michael Houlihan now has 100 wins under his belt.
“Winning the LEC this year was something we set out to do last December. We always knew it would require a daily commitment to working hard and getting better. The team did that. They earned these wins by working hard and sticking to the process day in and day out,” Houlihan said.
Houlihan says facing Tufts in the first round – a team UMass Boston lost to 3-1 in the semifinals last year – means his team will need to step up and make plays, just as they did this past weekend.
“Tufts is a terrific team with a terrific coaching staff, but we will be ready for them. We have been working hard in practice, making the tweaks and adjustments we need to get ready for this match,” Houlihan said. “We have a great group of players that adjust well and do not shy away from these type of big moments. This match will be a battle from start to finish and we are ready to battle.”
Macayla Chianco, a senior nursing major from Clearwater, Florida, was named the tournament’s MVP, with 50 digs during the tournament – 20 in the title match.
"Being named MVP was definitely a highlight of my season. Our LEC championship game was pretty competitive, and our team has so much talent so it was honor to be named the MVP. It was a moment I’ll never forget," Chianco said.
The Beacons were also the regular season LEC champs this year, with a 6-1 conference record. The Beacons have won nine consecutive regular season titles.
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