Sept. 21, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week for her play during the week of September 14-20, it was announced today. The honor marks the second time in three weeks that she has received the award. She was also named the league's top rookie of the week of August 31 to September 6.

In two matches last week Thompson was extremely efficient on the offensive side of the net, spiking for 20 kills in 29 attempts, while committing just two attack errors for a torrid .621 hitting percentage in six sets of action. The freshman averaged 4.25 points and 3.33 kills, while serving up three aces for 0.50 aces per set. Thompson wasn't too shabby on the defensive side either, getting up for three total blocks, including two solos for 0.50 blocks per set and added four total digs. She spiked for 10 kills in just 13 attempts for a blistering .769 hitting mark, while adding an ace and a block solo in the Beacons' 25-14, 25-5, 25-8 victory at Suffolk University on September 15. The 6'2" hitter continued her stellar play with 10 more kills just two days later at Wentworth Institute of Technology on a .500 hitting percentage. She also fired a pair of aces, scooped up four digs and got up for two blocks in UMass Boston's 25-14, 25-9, 25-9 win.

For the season, the middle hitter ranks as one of the Little East Conference's best hitters, ranking fifth with 3.44 kills per set and fourth with a .356 hitting percentage in 41 sets over 11 matches. The Moorpark High School product has been a threat from behind the baseline as well with 20 aces for an average of 0.49 per set to stand eighth among LEC leaders. Thompson has been incredibly consistent with 10 or more kills in all but one match, including her last six outings, and has registered three double-doubles of kills and digs in a match. Her service game has been exceptional as well with at least one ace in every match, except for her season debut, for a streak of 10 straight matches.

The Beacons have won nine straight matches and are currently 9-2 on the season. The squad received nine votes in last week's American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Poll for UMass Boston's first-ever appearance in the survey. The Beacons will be in action again when they host their first match of the season vs. Worcester State College on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.