Oct. 21, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week for a league-high third time this season. She earns the award for the week of October 13-19 after being selected for the weeks of September 22-28 and September 29 to October 5, it was announced today by the conference.

Hanneman continues to get better every week for the Beacons, averaging 10.60 assists per set in 10 sets over three matches. The setter also fired 0.70 aces per set to go with 2.30 digs and added a total of seven kills, while owning a .294 hitting percentage. She set for at least 29 assists in all three matches, including 41 in a four-set victory at Framingham State College on October 14, while matching her career-high with four aces and four kills to go with seven digs. The freshman established a personal-best for a three-set match with 36 assists in a 3-0 win at Roger Williams University on October 16 and served up an ace in addition to scooping up 11 digs. Hanneman capped the week with 29 assists in a 3-0 triumph at Eastern Nazarene College on October 18 and added a pair of aces and five digs.

The 5'9" Beacon has quickly established herself as one of the best setters in the Little East Conference, averaging 8.87 assists per set for the season to rank third among league leaders, while leading the league with 0.58 aces per set as one of the team's most reliable servers. Her assist total of 745 is already the fourth-highest mark in a season in UMass Boston history, while serving up at least one ace in 21 of 25 matches and multiple aces in 14 contests. A graduate of Arapahoe High School, she has fired at least one ace in 10 straight matches. She has not only directed the team's offense, but has also proven to be one of the team's best all-around players, averaging 2.00 digs and 0.24 total blocks per set to rank third and fourth on the team, respectively. Hanneman is the only player on the squad to play in all 84 sets on the campaign and has set for at least 20 assists in all but one match, including 12 occasions with 30 or more. She was also named the Most Valuable Player for the Salem State College Invitational on October 4 and was selected to the Virginia Wesleyan Wingate Innvitational and the Plymouth State Days Inn of Campton All-Tournament teams earlier in the season.

The Beacons are currently 18-7 on the season, including 1-1 in Little East Conference play and have won nine straight matches and 11 of their last 12. They will be in action again on Tuesday, October 21 when they host Pine Manor College in their final regular-season home match of the season at 6:00 p.m.