SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – This Sunday, senior volleyball members Cassy Hanneman (Denver, Colo.) and Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) will represent UMass Boston as part of the 2011 New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Senior Classic, which will be held at UMass Boston. The two seniors will join 31 other players from New England, and will compete in various competitions beginning at 10 a.m., which will lead up to the All-Star match at 11:30 a.m.
Along with their selections to the all-star showcase, both Hanneman and Rattigan earned NEWVA All-Region honors, along with junior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.). Hanneman and Thompson were named first-team all-region selections, while Rattigan was named a second team all-region honoree.
Hanneman and Rattigan had a sensational 2011 for UMass Boston. The duo led the Beacons to their third-straight Little East Conference title and NCAA Division East Region tournament. Hanneman closed out her college career as the greatest setter in the history of UMass Boston volleyball with a combined 4,152 career assists. Rattigan ended her career with the Beacons as the program's single season and all-time career leader in block assists. Her .419 hitting percentage this season, ranked her in the top-5 in Division III, and set a new single-season record at UMass.
Thompson closed out her junior season with the Beacons with a team-best 426 kills (4.24 k/s) in 109 sets played. An NCAA East Region All-Tournament team selection, Thompson ranked amongst the top-hitters in both kills per set and points per set (5.17). The 2011 Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and three-time AVCA All-American, Thompson recorded a team-leading 102 total blocks this season, and became the first player in program history to be named AVCA Division III National Player of the Week.
UMass Boston closed out 2011 with a final record of 28-5, 6-1 in the Little East Conference. For the second straight year they advanced to the championship match of the regional tournament, after defeating Plymouth State University for third conference title.