WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Dani Milner (Plano, Texas/The Greenhill School) celebrated Senior Day with 16 kills and freshman Ingrid Murphy (Cotuit/Barnstable HS) added 13 as Bentley University wrapped up its first outright Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship since 2005 with a three-set sweep of Pace University Friday night at the Dana Center. Scores were 25-22, 25-15 and 25-19.
Bentley, which had a share of the title in 2014, closed out the regular season at 23-5 overall and 12-1 NE10. It's the Falcons' most wins since the 2007 squad was 24-10. Pace, with one match left, dropped to 3-23 overall and 2-10 conference.
Milner and Murphy both had very good hitting nights, as did sophomore Shannon Ngo (San Rafael, Calif./Terra Linda HS). All three finished over .400 with Milner hitting .483, Ngo .467 with seven kills in 15 swings and Murphy .414.
The opening set was even at 20 before the Falcons finished strong and the second was also relatively close throughout most of it. The Falcons pulled away late with a 11-3 burst to close.
In the third, Bentley was looking at a 14-7 deficit. Murphy put down three straight kills during an 8-0 burst that grew into a match-ending 18-5 spurt.
Also in double figures in kills for Bentley was senior co-captain Mariana Boyer (Arvada, Colo./ Broomfield HS), with 11.
Senior setter Xio Lopp (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) finished with 37 assists and 13 digs.
As a team, Bentley hit .312 and limited the Setters to .182.
Bentley will host a Northeast-10 quarterfinal match Tuesday and will have the homecourt advantage throughout the championships.