Sept. 13, 2008
PLYMOUTH, NH - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team won its first three matches of the Plymouth State Days Inn of Campton Tournament, before falling in the championship match to Emerson College in five sets, to finish as the tourney runner-up today in Plymouth, NH at Foley Gymnasium.
The Beacons defeated Emerson to begin the day's matches, 30-28, 25-18, 25-22, and downed Lasell College in the tournament semifinals, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23, before losing in the finals to the Lions, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11, 15-12. UMass Boston is now 6-4 on the season and has won five of its last seven matches.
Junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) led the Beacons in the first match vs. Emerson with a season-high 19 kills, while hitting .324 to go with two aces, five digs and three blocks. Junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) enjoyed an excellent all-around match with eight kills, a team-high 14 digs, an ace and a block, while freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) managed the offense with 29 assists in addition to eight digs, a service ace and a block.
White stood tall in UMass Boston's match vs. Lasell with 13 kills, while boasting a .385 hitting percentage, eight digs and an ace. McWhorter added to the offense with 12 kills and a career-best four aces in addition to three digs and a block. Hanneman set for 27 assists, added three aces, eight digs and a block and junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) anchored the defense with 13 digs.
Sophomore right side Nina Sullivan (Cheshire, CT) led the Beacons in the championship match vs. Emerson with a career-high 19 kills, while committing just one attack error for a torrid .545 hitting mark to go with a career-high matching five aces and added a dig. White finished with 12 kills, three digs and a block and Hanneman registered a personal-best 35 assists, four aces and 13 digs. MacAuley got down for a team-high 14 digs to lead the defensive effort.
McWhorter averaged 5.00 kills, 1.00 aces, 1.44 digs and 0.56 blocks per set and hit .262 for the tournament and Hanneman set for 8.64 assists, while serving up 0.57 aces and scooping 2.50 digs per set to go with three total blocks and five kills for the tourney as both players were named to the All-Tournament Team.