Panthers complete season with 20-11 record
BOSTON – Eileen Shi and Colleen Koen combined for 25 kills Saturday afternoon as top-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston defeated second-seeded Plymouth State University, 3-0, in the championship match of the Little East Conference women's volleyball tournament.
The Beacons, 28-4, capture their second straight LEC championship and seventh in the last eight years. UMB earns the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which begins next week. PSU, which was making its first championship match appearance since 2011, completes the season with a 20-11 record.
Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Championship
at Clark Center Gymnasium, Boston, Mass. – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
#1 UMass Boston 3, #2 Plymouth State 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21)
UMB 28-4, PSU 20-11
* Senior Dani Tabor (Seattle, Wash.) led the Panther offense with seven kills and a .222 attack percentage. Junior Claire Sporer (Medford, Ore.) added six winners and senior Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) chipped in with five.
* Sporer, PSU's top hitter in Thursday's semifinal victory over Western Connecticut, struggled through her lowest attack percentage of the season.
* Junior setter Megan Bailey (Canterbury, N.H.) finished with 21 assists.
* PSU hit just .104 as a team (25-15-96).
* Murphy posted a .550 attack percentage (12-1-20), combined with a team-leading four blocks, while Shi hit at a .194 clip (13-7-31) along with nine digs and a match-high four service aces. Colleen Koen also chipped in with eight kills.
* Setters Christina Elliott and Pepper Baker combined for 34 assists.
* Elizabeth Glavan made a team-high 13 digs.