Sept. 3, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) smashed down 22 kills to go along with 21 digs to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Hardin-Simmons University and followed the performance up with a 17 kill, 11 dig effort in UMass Boston's 3-0 win over Whitworth University today at the Trinity University River City Classic in San Antonio, TX. The Beacons start the season off 2-0 for the first time since 1999 while Hardin-Simmons falls to 0-1 and Whitworth drops to 1-1 on the year.
Against Hardin-Simmons, UMass Boston dropped the first set, 22-25 but was able to recover with a gutsy 29-27 win in the second set to even the match at 1-1. The Beacons fell behind again after a 19-25 third set pummeling by the Cowgirls before rebounding to win the fourth set, 25-20 to even the match at 2-2 before cruising in the fifth set, 15-11 for the 3-2 victory in their opening match of the 2010 campaign.
In the second match of the day, the Beacons cruised to the 3-0 victory by taking the first set 25-21, the second set 25-18, and the third set 25-22 while hitting .319 during the match.
Thompson's 22 kills in the first match were just two shy of her career-high while her 21 digs matched her best collegiate performance which came last year in the NCAA tournament vs. Williams College in the round of 32 on November 13, 2009. The sophomore also registered a career-high four solo blocks to go along with three block assists, two assists and an ace in the win. Against Whitworth, the middle hitter hit a gaudy .625 from the floor, connecting on 17 of 24 swings with only two errors. In the third set, Thompson nailed nine kills on 12 swings to lead the Beacons to their second win of the day.
Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Landera Ranch, CA) had an impressive collegiate debut swinging for 13 kills while collecting 15 digs, three assists, two solo blocks and two block assists. Junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) chipped in with seven kills.
Both junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) and sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) were able to effectively run the Beacons' offense in both matches, dishing out a combined 44 and 32 assists in the win. Hanneman was also perfect from the floor, collecting three kills on her only three swings for a 1.000 hitting percentage while the 21 assists for Burtness-Adams vs. Hardin-Simmons was a new career-high.
Sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) paced the UMass Boston defensive effort collecting a team-high 40 digs on the day.
UMass Boston will be back in action tomorrow when it faces the tournament host, Trinity University at 12:00 PM EST as well as McMurry University at 4:30 PM EST.