Oct. 27, 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 the second straight week and for a league-high fourth time this season. She earns the award for the week of October 20-26 after being selected for the weeks of September 22-28, September 29 to October 5 and October 13-19, it was announced today by the conference.

Hanneman's comfort zone with the college game seems to grow more each week. The freshman set for 100 assists in 10 sets over three matches for 10.0 per set and fired four aces to go with nine digs for 0.40 aces and 0.90 digs per set, while getting up for a block solo. The setter also put down eight kills and maintained a .182 hitting percentage. She set for at least 28 assists in each match and registered 41 assists in the Beacons' four-set victory at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on October 25 and 31 helpers vs. Plymouth State University in the same day as part of an LEC tri-match. The first-year player also set for 28 assists to go with four kills and three digs vs. Pine Manor College on October 21. Hanneman matched her career-high with four aces vs. PSU and added three digs and a kill, while registering three kills, three digs and a block vs. UMass Dartmouth.

The 5'9" setter has quickly established herself as one of the best setters in the Little East Conference, averaging 8.99 assists per set for the season to rank third among league leaders, while leading the league with 0.56 aces per set as one of the team's most reliable servers. Her assist total of 845 is already the second-highest mark in a season at UMass Boston and just 21 short of breaking the all-time mark, while serving up at least one ace in 22 of 27 matches and multiple aces in 15 contests. A graduate of Arapahoe High School, she fired at least one ace in 10 straight matches from September 27 to October 21. 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 1.88 digs and 0.22 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 94 sets on the campaign and has set for at least 20 assists in all but one match, including 14 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 21-7 on the season and have won a school-record 12 straight matches and 14 of 15. UMass Boston is also 3-1 in Little East Conference play to place second in the standings and will be in action on Tuesday, October 28 when it travels to inner city rival Emerson College at 7:00 p.m.