Oct. 6, 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. She earns the award for the week of September 29 to October 5 after being selected for the week of September 22-28, it was announced today by the conference.

Hanneman put together an outstanding offensive effort from the setter position for the Beacons, averaging 9.58 assists per set in 12 sets over four matches for the week. The freshman also fired 11 aces for a rate of 0.92 per set to go with 0.58 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. She chipped in on the defensive side of the net as well with 1.00 digs per set and also got up for three block assists. Hanneman registered at least 26 assists in all four matches and served up three or more assists in three matches, including a career-best matching four on October 4 vs. University of Maine-Machias. A graduate of Arapahoe High School, Hanneman also added 31 assists vs. Maine-Machias in addition to 30 more vs. Pine Manor College to help her earn Most Valuable Player honors for the Salem State College Invitational on October 4.

The 5'9" Beacon has quickly established herself as one of the best setters in the Little East Conference, averaging 8.57 assists per set for the season to rank third among league leaders, while standing second with 0.57 aces per set as one of the team's most reliable servers. Her assist total of 583 is already the fifth-highest mark in a season in UMass Boston history, while serving up at least one ace in 16 of 20 matches and multiple aces in 11 contests. 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 2.03 digs and 0.28 total blocks per set to rank third on the team in both categories. Hanneman is the only player on the squad to play in all 68 sets on the campaign and has set for at least 20 assists in all but one match, including nine occasions with 30 or more. She was also named to the Virginia Wesleyan Wingate Innvitational and the Plymouth State Days Inn of Campton All-Tournament teams.

The Beacons are currently 13-7 on the season, including 1-1 in Little East Conference play and have won six of their last seven matches and all of their last four. They will be in action again on Tuesday, October 7 when they travel to Cambridge, MA to play Lesley University at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School at 7:30 p.m.