Sept. 27, 2011
MEDFORD, Mass. – In perhaps one of the toughest matches they have had to play since facing Hawaii-Hilo, the University of Massachusetts volleyball team pulled out a five-set (16-25, 25-15, 20-15, 25-14, 15-12) come from behind win over Tufts University (9-2) Tuesday evening in Cousens Gym.
Tuesday’s match marked the first-time this season that the 18th ranked Beacons (9-2) had to go the distance to earn a win. The last time, UMass went to five-sets and won was in the 2010 NCAA Division III New England Championship match against Springfield College.
Proving to be the deciding factor for the Beacons was their ability to score key points, when the opportunity presented itself. On the night, UMass threw down 56 kills, while overcoming 23 errors on 139 attempts (.237 attack percentage). For Tufts they were held to 41 kills on 154 attempts. However it was their season high 27 errors that proved to the biggest factor in Tuesday’s match.
Individually, Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) scored a match-high 18 kills, while also coming up with 16 digs. She also posted two block solos and five block-assists. Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) and Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) also added to the Beacons cause by scoring a combined 25 kills.
Defensively the Beacons had a strong evening recording three solo blocks, and a season-high 16 block-assists. Junior Kayla Wilson (San Jose, CA) also had an impressive performance, as she came-up with a career-high 21 digs.
Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) tallied 50 set assists, five short of her career-high mark, and was also responsible for one ace and 12 digs. Porter led the match with three of the Beacons eight aces.
Tufts saw Hayley Hooper record 13 kills to lead the Jumbos. Kendall Lord had 32 assists, and Audrey Kuan and Cara Spieler combined for 27 digs.
Volleyball returns to action on Friday when they face Stevens Institute of Technology (8 p.m.) and Richard Stockton College (6 p.m.) on day one of the Duck Invitational, hosted Stevens Tech.