Oct. 4, 2008
SALEM, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team won all three matches it played to win the Salem State College Invitational at Twohig Gymnasium today in Salem, MA.
The Beacons began the day with a 25-8, 25-3, 25-8 victory over University of Maine-Machias and followed that with a 25-10, 25-5, 25-14 win over host Salem State College. UMass Boston claimed the tournament crown with a 25-6, 25-11, 25-13 triumph over Pine Manor College. UMB has won six of its last seven matches and is now 13-7 on the season.
Freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) averaged nearly 10 assists per set with 89 in nine sets for the Beacons, while firing 10 aces for 1.11 per set, en-route to being named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. She began the tournament with 31 assists vs. UMaine-Machias and added four aces, a dig and a kill. Junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 3.75 kills, 0.50 aces and 1.38 digs per set to go with a scorching .490 hitting percentage for the tournament. She spiked for seven kills on a .545 hitting mark and added two digs, while junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) smashed a team-high nine kills and hit .571 for the match to go with a block vs. UMaine-Machias. Freshman Courtney Durocher (Taunton, MA) led the defense with five digs.
McWhorter led UMass Boston past Salem State with a team-high 12 kills on a .474 hitting mark, while firing a pair of aces and getting down for five digs. White smashed 11 kills and hit .471 for the match in addition to serving up two aces and coming up with a dig. Hanneman posted 28 assists, served up three aces and scooped up three digs and junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) led the team with seven digs and added two aces.
McWhorter swung for 11 kills and hit .474 vs. Pine Manor College, while adding two aces and four digs. White put down 10 kills and registered a dig. Hanneman directed the offense with 30 assists, in addition to three kills, three aces and four digs and MacAuley scooped up eight digs and matched her career-high with five aces.