Sept. 4, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Trailing 19-23 in the third set, sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) helped the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team rally for six consecutive points which included three aces, the final coming on the match point to lead the Beacons to a convincing 3-0 victory over No. 12 ranked Trinity University this afternoon at the Trinity University River City Classic in San Antonio, TX. The Beacons start the season off 3-0 for the first time in school history while Trinity drops to 3-1 on the year.
UMass Boston came out strong taking the first set convincingly, 25-16. The Tigers took control early in the second set before the Beacons battled back to tie the set at 22-22. Behind a strong defensive effort led by sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll's (Colorado Spring, CO) 23 digs, the Beacons took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 26-24 thriller in the second set. Thompson's heroics in the third set were enough to lift the Beacons to their second consecutive 3-0 victory and best start in program history.
Thompson finished the match with 11 kills, 10 digs, four aces and three solo blocks for a solid all-around performance. Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Landera Ranch, CA) chipped in with nine kills, five digs and an ace.
Running the offensive charge, sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) picked up 18 assists and five digs in the win while junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) added 14 assists and four digs.
The win over the No. 12 ranked Tigers is the programs' first victory of the season over a nationally ranked opponent and the highest victory over a ranked team ever. Last season the Beacons picked up victories over nationally ranked programs in Tufts and Williams but the win over Trinity marks UMass Boston's first win over a nationally ranked opponent ranked better than No. 19 in the country, according to the AVCA D-III polls.
UMass Boston will look for its fourth consecutive victory later this afternoon when it faces McMurry University at 4:30 PM EST.