Nov. 10, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was honored as the LEC Rookie of the Year, it was announced Tuesday, November 9 by the conference. Both were named to the LEC All-Star First Team as were junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) and junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA). On top of the player honors, UMass Boston Head Coach Terry Condon was recognized as the 2010 Little East Conference Coach of the Year.

Thompson is the first student-athlete in conference history to earn the top offensive award after garnering the rookie of the year accolade the previous year. The sophomore middle hitter from Moorpark, CA. is the third consecutive player from UMass Boston to receive this distinguished award. The two-time All-Little East, first-team honoree ranks among the national leaders in points per set (13th, 5.03) and kills per set (26th, 4.0). Thompson is second in the conference in kills (421), while ranking sixth in digs (3.09/g) and hitting percentage (.288). Her 421 kills rank fourth on the Beacons' single-season list, surpassing her mark of 420 as a rookie. An explosive offensive threat, Thompson reached double figures in kills in 26 of her 31 matches, including posting at least 20 winners three times. She recorded a season-high 27 kills in a five-set victory at Little East foe UMass Dartmouth. Thompson displayed her versatility by posting a conference-high 15 double-doubles for kills and digs. She recorded a season-best 21 digs against Hardin Simmons in the season-opener on Sept. 3. Over the season, the middle hitter was named the LEC Offensive Player of the week five out of nine times the honor was bestowed. Thompson was named the 2010 Little East Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Volleyball Championship in helping UMass Boston capture its second consecutive LEC title.

Thompson has already established herself as an outstanding player in UMB volleyball annals, being named an ACVA All-American Honorable Mention as well as an All-Region selection from the AVCA and the New England Women's Volleyball Association last season. She currently ranks fourth in school history with 841 career kills, while placing second with a lifetime hitting mark of .312, second with 93 block assists, fifth with 70 solo blocks and sixth with 128 career aces.

Porter is the third straight UMass Boston student-athlete to earn the coveted top rookie award and fifth in program history, following Hanneman (2008) and Thompson (2009). The Huntington Beach, CA product is currently seventh in the conference in kills (311), while ranking eight in service aces (48) and ninth in digs (321). Her 321 digs are the eighth highest single-season total in Beacon history. A starter in all 31 matches, Porter reached double digits in kills 18 times, including a season-best 19 against UMass Dartmouth. A consistent attacker, Porter made three or fewer errors in 19 matches to hit at a .226 clip for the season. The 2010 All-Little East, first-team selection posted 14 double-doubles for kills and digs. She recorded a season-high 22 digs in a three-set sweep against Tufts University on Sept. 28. Porter continually filled up the box score on a weekly basis to earn the LEC Rookie of the Week award in five of the nine times the honor was bestowed.

After two seasons on the LEC Second Team, Hanneman earns First Team honors for the first time in her career after putting together another outstanding season, while ranking sixth in the LEC with 6.03 assists per set, despite sharing setting duties in a 6-2 offensive set. The setter has seen action in 109 sets and played in all 31 matches, while owning a .220 hitting percentage with 13 kills. The 5'8" junior has showcased a solid all-around game with 0.49 aces per set to rank first on the squad, seventh in the LEC and averaged 1.94 digs to rank fourth on the team. Hanneman has registered 20 or more assists in 16 matches, including four matches of 30-plus. The Arapahoe High School product dished out a career-best 33 assists in the Beacons' 3-2 road victory over UMass Dartmouth on October 13 and fired off a season-high five aces vs. McMurry on September 4 in the River City Classic in San Antonio, TX where she was named to the All-Tournament team. Hanneman has served up at least one ace in 23 matches for a season total of 53. The third-year player consistently contributed on the defensive side of the net with five or more digs on 23 occasions, including a season-high of 12 in a 3-1 win over Keene State College on November 6 in the Little East Conference Championship match.

Hanneman has played in 348 sets over 100 career matches to rank fourth on the Beacons' career list and owns the school's career record for assists with 2,866. She is currently third on the UMass Boston career list with 158 aces and has compiled 620 digs to rank seventh all-time to go along with 126 kills on a .225 hitting mark.

Rattigan has put together an outstanding campaign to earn a spot on the First Team as a middle hitter, following up her Second Team recognition in 2009. The junior has excelled as the Beacons' most effective hitters with a .330 hitting percentage to lead the team and the Little East Conference. Her hitting consistency has been exceptional, producing 28 outings with a positive hitting clip, including 12 efforts that saw her register a .400 mark or better. Rattigan has averaged 1.82 kills per set, but has been an intimidating force on the defensive side of the net as well with a team-high 0.74 blocks per game with 81 total blocks, including 34 solos in 109 sets over 31 matches. Rattigan managed to record at least one block in all but two matches, including a season-high of six in a 3-1 victory over Keene State College on Novemeber 6 in the LEC Championship. The graduate of Fontbonne Academy has gotten up for two or more blocks on 21 occasions. One of her finest performances of the year came on October 8 vs. Kean when she spiked for 12 kills on 13 attempts for a .923 hitting clip in addition to four blocks.

The six-foot Rattigan has seen action in 340 sets over 99 matches to rank fifth on the Beacons' career list, while compiling 478 kills on a .308 hitting percentage to rank third in all-time at UMass Boston. She owns the school standard for career block assists with 163 to go with 92 block solos, which is the third-most in school annals. She has 32 career aces and has registered 109 digs for her career.

Condon was voted the top boss in the conference for the second time in her career in 2010. She led UMass Boston to the 17th highest winning percentage in Division III with an overall record of 27-4. Condon and her charges only dropped two sets the entire Little East season to lead the Beacons to their second-straight undefeated regular-season with a 7-0 mark. UMass Boston continued its dominance in the Little East Championship with a straight-set victory over fourth-seeded Western Connecticut before dispatching Keene State in four sets to raise the program's second consecutive conference championship trophy. Condon guided the Beacons to a pair of 3-0 wins over nationally-ranked opponents in Trinity (TX) and Tufts University. UMass Boston used the momentum of the two signature victories to earn the No. 25 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll, marking just the second time a Little East institution has been nationally-ranked. Condon also earned her 100th victory as a Beacon on September 8 with a four-set win over Emerson College as well as her 300th career win vs. Tufts September 28.

UMass Boston is enjoying one of its best season ever, posting a 27-4 overall record, including 7-0 in Little East Conference play to capture the school's second consecutive LEC regular season and tournament crown. The Beacons earned their second-ever NCAA Tournament berth and will take on Maine Maritime Academy on Friday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College in Springfield, MA. UMass Boston is currently ranked second in the latest NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball poll and at times stood as the number one squad in the NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Association poll during the season. The team has also received votes regularly in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Weekly Polls, cracking the top 25 during the week of October 3-9.