Oct. 12, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUT, MA - Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) registered 27 kills and 19 digs while freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) recorded 19 kills and 18 digs to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-2, tonight on the UMass Dartmouth campus. With the win, the Beacons who are ranked No. 25 in the latest AVCA Division III national poll have now won 11 consecutive matches and improve to 18-1 on the year, 4-0 in the Little East Conference while extending the best start in school history. The loss drops the Corsairs to 17-5 and 2-2 in the LEC.
The victory did not come easy for UMass Boston as the Beacons dropped the first set 23-25 before tying the match with a 25-22 second set victory, evening the match at 1-1. The Corsairs answered, taking the third set 20-25 before UMass Boston responded with an inspiring 25-17 fourth set win to once again even the match at 2-2 and force the decisive fifth set. The Beacons trailed 10-5 in the fifth set before calling a timeout to stop the Corsair route. Following the timeout, UMass Boston rattled off six consecutive points on the service of sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) to take an 11-10 lead. The two squads traded points until the Beacons were able to pull out the win following a Thompson kill and a Corsair hitting error to end the match.
Running the offense, junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) dished out 33 assists to go along with seven digs and three aces while Rossoll played well defensively with 33 digs to go with five aces and an assist. Sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) chipped in with 27 assists four digs and two aces.
Sophomore middle hitter Aleva Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) helped open up the middle with nine kills while junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) chipped in with six kills. Junior outside hitter Ariel Aizenstadt (Mission Viejo, CA) also contributed a season-high six kills in the win.
The Beacons are idle until Friday, October 15, 2010 when they head to Cambridge, MA and the MIT campus to face Lebanon Valley (PA) in the opening match of the 2010 MIT Invitational.