Sept. 5, 2009
CLAREMONT, CA - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team came back to defeat Chapman University after dropping the first two sets, 25-20 and 26-24, but rebounded to win the final three sets, 25-20, 25-15, 16-14. The Beacons also downed Occidental College, 25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 25-14 to even their record at 2-2 at the Pacific Coast Classic on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Chapman fell to 1-2, while Occidental slipped to 1-3 on the year.
Sophomore setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) directed a balanced offensive attack for UMass Boston vs. Chapman, handing out a career-high 50 assists, while putting down four kills, scooping up nine digs, getting up for four total blocks, including three assists and firing an ace. Freshman middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) spiked for a team-high 17 kills and owned a .300 hitting mark in addition to nine digs, five total blocks and an ace. Senior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) finished with 15 kills, including five in the fifth and deciding set, and added three aces, 10 digs and a pair of total blocks. Classmate Kate White (Plymouth, MA) swung for 14 kills, picked up five digs and got up for four total blocks. Freshman libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) enjoyed the best match of her young career with a season-high 25 digs and added a pair of aces. Junior defensive specialist Michelle Cawley (Canton, MA) was also steady on the defensive side of the net with 15 digs.
Hanneman racked up 47 more assists vs. Occidental and stood tall at the net with three more block assists to go with seven digs and an ace for the Beacons. Thompson smashed a team-high 18 kills with a robust .394 hitting mark, scored with a pair of aces and added 16 digs and five total blocks. McWhorter's all-around game was on display vs. Occidental with 16 kills, while committing just two attack errors for a .368 hitting percentage. She fired four aces and got down for 20 digs as well and controlled the tempo as UMB reeled off eight straight points in the deciding set to increase the Beacons' lead from 16-13 to 24-13. White chipped in with 11 kills and collected three digs. Rossoll got down for a team-high 23 digs and added an ace, while freshman middle hitter Alexa Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) registered five total blocks to give her 10 on the day and spiked for three of her seven kills on the afternoon. Sophomore middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) was also a force at the net with two block assists as part of nine total blocks on the day. She also added seven kills in the two matches.
UMass Boston will be in action again when it travels across town to take on Simmons College on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m.