Volleyball Suffers First Setback of Season in 3-1 Loss at UMass-Boston

Angela Yu split the setting duties, finishing with 17 assists Tuesday

MEDFORD – Traveling to local rival UMass-Boston, the Tufts volleyball team suffered their first setback of the season on Tuesday night, falling to the Beacons, 3-1, at Clark Gymnasium.

With the loss the Jumbos are now 8-1 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC play this season.  The Beacons improve to 9-1 overall with a 1-0 mark in conference play.

The first set was incredibly close as the two teams traded the lead with neither team leading by more than two points until the Jumbos were able to manage a 20-17 advantage thanks to a Beacon error.  But, Colleen Koen turned in one of her match-high 16 kills and then Julia Murphy added a kill of her own.  Koen then added two more to give the Beacons the 21-20 advantage.  The set was tied at 23, 24, 25 and 26 when a Beacon kill from Melanie Fyda and an error by Katie Kim gave the Beacons the edge in set one, 28-26.

Set two went to the Jumbos, as they took an early lead and held onto that lead for the duration of the second set to even the match at one.

But, the Beacons responded in the third set, taking an early five point lead.  But, the Jumbos responded scoring five in a row of their own and the set was tied at seven.  From here the Becaons would take a lead they would not surrender.  The Jumbos did stay in it, but the home team took set three, 25-20.  The fourth set was similar, as the Beacons took an early lead and were able to hold on to it, earning the set win, 25-13, to take the match, 3-1.

Koen finished with 16 kills for the hosts, while Julia Murphy added 11 kills and six blocks.  She had three solo blocks on the evening, and became the program's leader with 121.  Eileen Shi also added 11 kills for the Beacons.  Defensively, Elizabeth Glavan turned in 13 kills.  The offense was run by Pepper Baker and Christina Elliot as Baker finished with 19 assists and Elliott added 21.

For the Jumbos senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens led the offense with 11 kills as Kim finished with ten.  Senior McKenzie Humann and freshman Brigid Bell both added six kills and Humann led the Jumbos efforts at the net with four blocks.  Defensively Bell turned in eight digs while junior co-captain Alexandra Garrett and sophomore Angela Yu each added seven.  Yu and freshman Rachel Furash took care of the setting as Yu tallied 17 assists and Furash finished with 21.

The Beacons play again when they travel to MIT for a 6 pm start on Thursday evening.  The Jumbos return to action when they host Bowdoin for a NESCAC showdown on Saturday at 2 pm.