Oct. 5, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) was perfect on the night with nine kills in nine attack attempts to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team over visiting University of Southern Maine, 25-9, 25-10, 25-6, this evening in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons, who received 32 votes in the most recent Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, win their seventh straight match to improve to 14-1 overall and 3-0 in LEC play, for their best start in school history, while the Huskies fall to 3-14 and 0-3.
UMass Boston, which owned a scorching .508 hitting percentage for the match, raced out to a 15-2 advantage in the first set, including 10 straight points on the service of sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK). The Beacons increased their lead to 19-3, before coming away with a 25-9 opening set win. UMass Boston owned an early 5-1 lead in the middle frame, but Southern Maine reeled off five straight points during senior outside hitter Shannon Shuttle's (New Ipswich, NH) service to give the visitors a 6-5 lead. It would be the Huskies' only lead of the night as the Beacons scored the next three points and later owned a 15-10 margin, before running off 10 unanswered points on the service of junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) to take the set, 25-10. UMass Boston took a commanding 12-3 lead in the final set, including seven straight points during Burtness-Adams' serve and closed out the match on a 6-0 run on the service of senior libero Michelle Cawley (Canton, MA) to win the set, 25-6, and the match.
Rattigan hit 1.000 for the match and added two total blocks for the Beacons, while sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) hit a torrid .769 for the match with 11 kills and just one error in 13 attempts to go with two block solos and a dig. Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) put down nine kills in 13 attempts and committed just one error for a .615 hitting mark in just two sets, while adding a dig. Hanneman and Burtness-Adams combined for eight aces with four apiece and 29 assists, including 16 from Hanneman. Freshman libero Christine DuPuis (Minden, NV) led the defense with a career-high nine digs and Cawley chipped in with six digs and three aces.
A trio of Southern Maine players finished with a pair of kills with Shuttle adding four digs and senior right side hitter Danielle Netland (Cumberland, ME) contributing with a team-high five and a block assist. Freshman middle hitter Meghan Rumore (Manchester, NH) had two kills as well in addition to a pair of digs. Junior Hallie Noah (Anchorage, AK) directed the offense with nine assists and added a dig and a block assist.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, October 8 when it hosts Kean University at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Huskies travel to Wenham, MA to take on Gordon College at 4:00 p.m. on October 9.