Sept. 9, 2011
BEVERLY, Mass. – The 22nd ranked University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team ended their two-game skid, by picking up a pair of wins on the first day of the Endicott College Invitational. The Beacons defeated Bowdoin College (ME) by the final score of 3-1 and Schreiner University (TX) by the final score of 3-0 Friday evening at Post Center.
With their wins, the Beacons improve their record to 2-2 on the year, while Bowdoin fell to 1-1 and Schreiner 1-6. Both matches were extremely close and well played by all three squads. In the opener, the Beacons came out firing edging the Polar Bears 25-23 in the first set. They then cruised to a 25-18 win in the second set.
Bowdoin managed to bounce back in the third set with a 25-22 decision, but the Beacons quickly put a stop to that momentum by taking the fourth set with a 25-23 win. The nightcap favored UMass Boston more than the opener. In the first set, UMass earned a 25-16 win, while in the second set the Beacons had to mount a late comeback to seize a 25-23 win. The third and final set saw the Beacons hold off a late rally by Schreiner to take the 25-20 win.
Against Bowdoin, Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) led all players with 19 kills on 39 attempts to finish the match with a .308 attack percentage. Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was second on the team scoring 11 kills on 28 attempts. Setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) tallied 43 assists, while also scoring four aces. Defensively Porter led the Beacons with 16 digs, followed by Kayla Wilson (San Jose, CA) who had 14 on the night.
The second match also had Thompson leading the Beacons offense, this time with 16 kills on 30 attempts for a .467 attack percentage. Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, MA) combined for 10 kills on 20 attempts (.400 attack percentage). Hanneman and Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) combined for 35 assists respectively. Porter and Wilson each finished with 10 digs to lead the Beacons defensive effort.
Volleyball will close out the Endicott Invitational tomorrow when they face Salve Regina at 11 a.m. and Middlebury College at 1 p.m.