LEXINGTON, Ky. – The postseason honors continue to roll in for UMass Boston sophomores Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) and Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) as the duo were both named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Wednesday’s announcement marks the first time since the 2011 season that the Beacons have had two players represented on the All-American list, with Glavan also representing the first-ever All-American libero. All-time the sophomore duo became the fourth and fifth All-Americans in the program’s history.
In just their second seasons with the Beacons, Glavan and Murphy led UMass to their sixth straight Little East Conference Regular Season championship.
Glavan appeared in all 116 sets for the Beacons and averaged 5.62 digs per set. In only her second season with UMass, the Minnesota native made history by surpassing the 1,000 digs mark. In every match but one she finished with 10 or more digs, and recorded a season-best 36 digs in the 3-2 win over Western Connecticut State University. The now two-time Little East Defensive Player of the Year and AVCA All-Region selection, Glavan totaled 30 or more digs an unprecedented eight times. She also ended the year with a combined 39 aces, which was third-most on the team.
Murphy posted an impressive .295 hitting percentage in her sophomore campaign. In all 116 sets played, the Canton native scored 297 kills, and finished double-figures in kills in 16 matches. Her best match of the year came in the 3-2 win over Tufts University when she scored 20 kills on 42 attempts for a .381 hitting percentage. At the net, Murphy finished second on the team in total blocks with 84, scoring a team-best 35 solo stops, and finishing second in block assists with 49. She would also finish the year with a team-leading 58 aces.