VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE AND WESTERN CONNECTICUT IN LITTLE EAST TRI-MATCH

PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) tallied 30 kills and freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) handed out 62 assists on the day as the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team won both matches in a Little East Conference tri-match, defeating host Rhode Island College, 25-17, 25-19, 25-7 and Western Connecticut State University, 25-22, 25-13, 25-21 today in Providence, RI on the campus of Rhode Island College.

The Beacons have won 16 of their last 18 matches and improve to 23-8 on the season to establish a new school-record for wins, while improving their LEC mark to 5-1 to secure the second seed in the LEC tournament. Rhode Island College fell to 8-21 and 0-5, while Western Connecticut dropped to 17-8 and 2-3.

UMB eclipsed the single-season mark of the 1999 team, which finished 22-5, and will host Rhode Island College on Tuesday, November 4 in the LEC quarterfinals at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center. Western Connecticut will be the fourth seed in the tournament and host Plymouth State University on November 4.

McWhorter smashed 15 kills and hit .375 to go with three aces, 11 digs and two total blocks vs. RIC, while Hanneman set for 30 assists, fired a pair of aces and got down for four digs. Freshman middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) spiked for six kills and owned a .455 hitting percentage in addition to serving up an ace, scooping up five digs and getting up for a solo block, while junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) came up with 16 digs to lead the defense.

McWhorter matched her kill total from the morning match with 15 vs. Western Connecticut and owned a tidy .464 hitting mark, while registering an ace, eight digs and two total blocks and Hanneman dished out 32 assists, scooped up 11 digs, got up for a career-high four assisted blocks and served up and ace. Junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) contributed with eight kills and three digs, while MacAuley posted 20 digs and two aces.