Oct. 25, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team won both matches in a Little East Conference tri-match, defeating host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 12-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-10 and Plymouth State University, 25-14, 25-23, 25-21 today in North Dartmouth, MA on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. The Beacons have won a school-record 12 straight matches and 14 of their last 15 to improve to 21-7 overall and 3-1 in LEC play, while UMass Dartmouth fell to 12-10 and 1-3 and Plymouth State stands at 15-11 and 1-4.
UMass Boston dropped its first set of the day to UMD, before reeling off six straight set wins on the day.
Junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) led the Beacons vs. UMass Dartmouth with a team-high 17 kills to go with a .400 hitting percentage, a career-high five aces, eight digs and two total blocks, while classmate Kate White (Plymouth, MA) put down 15 kills on an efficient .433 hitting mark. Freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) set up the two Kates with 41 assists for the match and added three kills, three digs and a block. Junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) got down for 25 digs to lead the defense, while freshman middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) got up for four total blocks in addition to six kills, three digs and a service ace.
McWhorter led the UMass Boston hitting attack in its match with Plymouth State as well, spiking for a team-high 13 kills and a .281 hitting percentage, while scooping up five digs. White smashed eight kills and added two digs, while Hanneman set for 31 assists and fired a career-high matching four aces to go with three digs and a kill. Freshman middle hitter Brigid Wendle (Alton, IL) swung for a career-best seven kills and hit .333 for the match, while MacAuley registered a team-high 19 digs to go with three aces.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, October 28 when they travel to nearby Emerson College for a 7:00 p.m. match. UMass Dartmouth will play again on October 30 when it goes to Nashua, NH to take on Rivier College at 7:00 p.m., while Plymouth State hosts Salem State College on October 28 at 6:00 p.m.