Sept. 10, 2011
BEVERLY, Mass. – Looking to build off of yesterday’s momentum, the 22nd ranked Beacons (4-2) swept their final two opponents to close out the Endicott College Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record. On Saturday, the Beacons defeated Salve Regina College by the score of 3-1 and Middlebury College by the final of 3-0 at the Post Center.
Against Salve, the Beacons came out firing winning the first two sets by the scores of 25-13 and 25-10. However, midway through the third set, the Beacons hit a wall which allowed Salve to take over the scoreboard. Down but not out the UMass clawed their way back to make it 23-24. Unfortunately, Salve would hold off the late rally to pullout the 23-25 win.
That loss, would be the only one of the remainder of the afternoon as the Beacons ripped through Salve Regina in the fourth set to take a 25-16 victory.
Match two featured a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Division III New England Regional tournament between the Beacons and Middlebury, and just like last year the Beacons had the Panthers number, this time winning the match in three straight sets.
The closest Middlebury ever came to beating out the Beacons was in the first set. UMass Boston still managed to earn a five point (25-20) victory to take the early 1-0 lead. The last two sets were decided by much larger margins as the Beacons walked away with a 25-11 win in the second set and a 25-10 win in the third set.
Fueling the Beacons first win of the day was junior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) who finished the four set match with a .512 attack percentage and match-high 27 kills. Match two belonged to Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA), who was just dominant from every part of the court. The sophomore drove home a total of 15 kills on 27 attempts and did not have a single error marked against her. She also led the Beacons defense with a combined 16 digs.
Senior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) was solid all afternoon as she totaled 84 assists respectively. In the opener, Hanneman just five assists short of tying her single match record of 55 that she at MIT in 2009.
Volleyball will open up Little East Conference play next Saturday at Eastern Connecticut State University. The Beacons will being their pursuit for a third straight conference title in Willimantic. Start time for that match is scheduled for 1 p.m.