8 - Shannon Thompson
Shannon Thompson
Birth Date: 01/23/1991
Height: 6-2
Year: Junior
Hometown: Moorpark, California
High School: Moorpark
Position: MH

2010 Became the first student-athlete in program history to earn First Team All-American honors after being named an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2009 ... Named the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Player of the Year as well as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-New England First Team selection ... Selected as the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year while also being named to the LEC First Team ... Honored as the 2010 LEC Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Volleyball Championship in helping UMass Boston capture its second consecutive LEC title as well as the Most Outstanding Player at the New England Regional Championship to help the Beacons advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament for the first time in program history ... Named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the week five out of nine times the honor was bestowed ... Ranked among the national leaders in points per set (14th, 5.08) and kills per set (22nd, 4.08) ... Finished the season with 494 kills to set the new UMass Boston single season kills record while also ranking first in total kills in the Little East Conference ... Averaged 3.11 digs per set while recording a hitting percentage of .285 ... Reached double figures in kills in 30 of her 35 matches, including posting at least 20 winners four times ... Recorded a season-high of 27 kills in a five-set victory at Little East foe UMass Dartmouth on October 13 and 25 kills in the New England championship match vs. Springfield College on November 14 ... Displayed her versatility by posting a conference-high 18 double-doubles for kills and digs ... Notched a season-best 21 digs against Hardin Simmons in the season-opener on Sept. 3 in the Trinity River City Classic in which she was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player ... Her 376 digs on the year rank seventh all-time in single-season totals ... Set the single-season program record for total blocks, combining for 105 stops at the net on 56 block assists and 49 solo blocks ... Fired home 44 aces on the season including a season-high of four on three separate occasions, notching at least one ace in 28 contests ... Dished out 34 assists including two or more in six matches ... Finished the year scoring 615 total points to set a new UMass Boston single-season record.

2009 Enjoyed the greatest rookie season of any volleyball player in school history ... Selected to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention team ... Selected for a pair of All-Region teams to become the first freshman in school and LEC history to be named to the AVCA All-Region squad and was one of just 10 freshmen in the nation to earn the distinction ... Selected to the NEWVA All-New England Honorable Mention Team ... Recognized as the top rookie in New England, earning NEWVA Rookie of the Year honors, AVCA New England Region Freshman of the Year accolades in addition to becoming the fourth player in school history to be selected the LEC Rookie of the Year ... Proved to be one of the best in the league week in and week out with a conference-high seven Rookie of the Week awards in nine weeks ... Became just the second freshman in school annals to earn a spot on the LEC First Team ... Led the LEC with 0.71 aces per set, while ranking third with 4.57 points, fourth with 3.44 kills per set and fifth with a .338 hitting percentage ...Was the only player for UMass Boston to play in all 122 sets over 35 matches to break the school record for sets played and tie the school standard for matches played ... Ranked third for UMass Boston with 0.61 total blocks and 2.54 digs per set ... Had 420 kills to rank fourth all-time for kills in a single-season and the most ever by a freshman, while her hitting mark was the third-most efficient in school annals ... Her total of 48 block assists and 87 aces also put her fifth on the all-time Beacons' single-season list ... Very consistent server, recording at least one ace in 32 of 35 matches, including a streak of 15 straight from September 4-29 and a string of 16 consecutive matches from October 8 to November 7 that saw her average a commanding 1.00 aces per set with 53 over 53 frames ... Fired no less than three aces in nine of her last 15 outings and also racked up 10 or more kills in 25 of 35 matches for the season, including a season-high of 24 in the Little East Conference title match vs. Plymouth State on November 7 ... Began collegiate career by averaging 16 kills in each of her first four matches to earn a spot on the Pacific Coast Classic All-Tournament Team ... Extremely efficient hitter recording a positive hitting percentage in every outing ... Showcased defensive prowess with at least one block in all but eight matches and scooped up at least five digs on 29 occasions, including a career-high of 21 vs. Westfield State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 12.

Personal/High School Three-year letterwinner for Moorpark High School ... Named the Musketeers' Most Valuable Player as a junior and their Best Offensive Player following her senior campaign ... Tabbed the MHS Junior Varsity MVP as a sophomore and was named to the All-Tournament Team during her freshman season ... Born January 23, 1991 ... Daughter of Dan and Carol Thompson ... Undecided on major, but would like to pursue a career in nursing.