Oct. 19, 2010
BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack that saw four players register seven or more kills to defeat Western Connecticut State University, 3-0, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons, who received 19 votes in the most recent Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, win their third straight match to improve to 21-2 overall and 5-0 in LEC play, for their best start in school history, while the Colonials fall 21-7 and 2-3.
The Beacons cruised in the first set, 25-10, behind the service of sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA). UMass Boston rolled off 10 consecutive points behind her serve, including four aces by Thompson. The Colonials made the second set interesting, hanging around and tying the score at 17-17 before the Beacons pushed ahead for a 25-20 win. Western Connecticut was unable to mount a come-back, falling 25-17 in the third set to give UMass Boston the 3-0 win and their 27th consecutive home victory.
Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) led the way with a double-double showing with a match0-high 11 kills to go along with 10 digs. Thompson finished the match with nine kills, 13 digs and the four aces all from the first set. Junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) contributed with seven kills at a .467 hitting percentage while freshman outside hitter Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, CA) had a solid night, slamming down seven kills at a .400 clip.
Sophomore middle hitter Paxton Thornton (Sharon, CT) paced the Colonials with seven kills and two solo blocks while senior outside hitter Natalie Crosby (East Haven, CT) chipped in with six kills and an ace. Junior libero Kelley Collins (Massapequa, NY) recorded a match-high 20 digs in the strong defensive effort for the visitors.
Running the UMass Boston offense, junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) dished out 18 assists to go along with seven digs and an ace. Colonials' senior setter Sammie Hathaway (Milford, CT) also registered 18 assists and seven digs in the match.
The Beacons will be in action again Thursday, October 21 when they travel to Bristol, RI to face non-conference foe Roger Williams University at 7:00 p.m. while Western Connecticut State will host day one of the Colonial Classic on Friday, October 22 and face Vassar College in a 5:00 p.m. tilt.