August 30, 2008
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team won its first match of the season with a 25-11, 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 effort over Johnson & Wales University on the second day of the Virginia Wesleyan Wingate Innvitational in Virginia Beach, VA, before falling to Gettysburg College, 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17. The Beacons are now 1-3 on the season and will be in action again when they host Suffolk University in their home opener on Thursday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m.
UMass Boston set the tone vs. Johnson & Wales with a 25-11 win in the first set, before succumbing to a 25-20 defeat in the second set. The Beacons rebounded to win the final two sets of the match for the victory, led by junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA), who smashed a season-high 15 kills to go with 15 digs and a block, while freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) set for a season-best 34 assists and added 10 digs, a pair of kills, two aces and a block. Sophomore outside hitter Nina Sullivan (Cheshire, CT) put down a career-high 11 kills, while owning a .391 hitting percentage and junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) spiked for 11 kills in addition to firing three aces and scooping up seven digs. Junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) was big on the defensive end with 15 digs.
UMass Boston took the opening set vs. Gettysburg 25-20, and after dropping the second set, looked primed to take a 2-1 lead in the match when it stormed back from a 22-18 deficit with six straight points to take a 24-22 lead, fueled by three of White's personal-best five aces for the match. The Bullets regrouped, however, and won the next four points to take the third set and a 2-1 lead, before winning the match in four sets. White added 13 kills and five digs to her ace total, while McWhorter hit .289 for the match with 15 kills to go with an ace two blocks and a team-high 13 digs. Hanneman directed the offense with 27 assists in addition to nine digs, two blocks and a pair of aces. MacAuley finished the match with 11 digs and an ace.