Sept. 9, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) finished with 11 kills, including the 1,000th of her career to help the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team defeat host Simmons College, 25-20, 25-13, 25-23, tonight at the Holmes Sports Center Gym in Boston, MA. The Beacons win their third straight match to improve to 3-2, while the Sharks fall to 1-4 on the season.
White spiked for her third kill to give UMass Boston a 19-16 lead in the first set to become the first player in school history to reach the 1,000 mark and now has 1,008 for her career. The Beacons also scored four straight points during White's serve to erase a 19-16 third set deficit and take a 20-19 lead before winning the decisive set. The senior finished the night with a .421 hitting mark.
Simmons College built a 13-8 lead in the first set, before UMass Boston reeled off five straight points during senior outside hitter Kate McWhorter's (Bakersfield, CA) serve to knot the set at 13-13. The Sharks scored the next point to take its last lead of the set at 14-13 and later tied the set at 16-16, before the Beacons ran off four straight points during freshman middle hitter Shannon Thompson's (Moorpark, CA) serve to take a 20-16 advantage.
UMass Boston dominated the second set, scoring 13 of the first 15 points to take a 13-2 advantage, but edged Simmons by just 12-11 the rest of the set. The Beacons rallied from a 17-10 margin in the final set before coming back for the victory.
McWhorter finished the night with 13 kills to lead the Beacons to go with a robust .478 hitting mark, nine digs, an ace and a block assist, while freshman middle hitter Alexa Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) spiked for six kills on a .333 hitting percentage and added two block assists. Thompson also put down six kills, fired three aces, got down for six digs and came up with three total blocks. Freshman libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) was a rock on the defensive side of the net with 17 digs, while sophomore setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) posted 22 assists, a kill in her only attempt and four digs in just two sets of action. Freshman setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) stepped up in the third set in her first match as the primary setter with nine assists, four digs and a kill.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, September 11 when it travels to Waltham, MA to take on Tufts University at 4:00 p.m. at the Brandeis Invitational on the campus of Brandeis College.