No. 18 Volleyball Earns Two Hard Fought Wins at Ducks Invitational
Sept. 30, 2011
HOBOKEN, New Jersey – The 18th ranked Beacons (11-2) had their hands full on the first day of the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks Invitational. In the opener, UMass Boston picked up a 3-0 win over Stockton College (13-5), but it was in the nightcap that UMass truly showed what it was made of as they rallied in the third set to earn their second 3-0 victory this time defeating the host Ducks (10-11) Friday evening at Canavan Arena.
After recording a 25-20 first set victory against Stockton, the Beacons had to go the distance in the second set before taking a 27-25 win over the Osprey’s. The final set of the match, proved to be one of the most dominant played by UMass this season, as they cruised to a 25-7 victory.
Their match against Stevens was just as competitive as they had to earn a hard fought 26-24 win in the first set. The second was not as close with the Beacons earning a 10-point decision (25-15). The finale of Friday’s contest was truly a back-and-forth battle from the opening serve. Stevens nearly forced a fourth set, but with a late push by the Beacons they managed to pull out a 25-23 come from behind victory.
Against Stockton, the Beacons combined for 43 kills on 99 attempts, while only being charged with 13 errors. Setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) was solid throughout totaling 33 kills in the win as well as two service aces and 10 digs. Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was the lone Beacon in double-figures in kills as she scored 11. She finished just on dig short of a double-double, as she came up with nine.
Junior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) finished second on the team in kills with nine, followed by Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, MA) who had eight, and Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) who had seven.
In the nightcap, it was Thompson that fueled UMass’s 38 kills, as she scored a combined 13 in the three set victory. Hanneman completed 26 assists on 76 attempts, and added one more ace and eight more digs to her evening.
Libero Kayla Wilson (San Jose, CA) had a very busy match as she totaled 27 receptions, while also coming up with 10 digs. Porter and Morrison each scored nine kills to help the Beacons to their 11th straight win.
Volleyball will close out the two-day tournament tomorrow afternoon. In their first match the Beacons will face the 19th ranked Red Dragons of SUNY Cortland at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. match with NYU-Polytechnic.