Sept. 15, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) broke the school record for assists, while helping the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team over host Suffolk University, 25-14, 25-5, 25-8, tonight at Regan Gymnasium on the campus of Suffolk University in Boston, MA. The Beacons win their eighth straight match to improve to 8-2 on the same day they received nine votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll. The Rams fall to 1-2 on the season.
Hanneman picked up her 15th assist of the night to give UMass Boston a 3-1 lead in the second set and pass Trisha Alloway (1998-2000) for the top spot on the Beacons' career assist list. Hanneman finished the night with 24 assists to give her 1,437 for her career. She also added a pair of aces and a dig to her evening.
Senior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) led UMass Boston with 14 kills on a torrid .650 hitting mark, while scooping up five digs, getting up for a block solo and serving up an ace. Freshman middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) was equally effective with a blistering .769 hitting percentage to fuel a 10-kill performance in just 13 attack attempts and no errors. She also fired an ace and registered a block solo. Sophomore middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) chipped in with five kills on a .500 hitting mark, a pair of block solos and a dig, while freshman outside hitter Melissa Brown (Gardnerville, NV/Silver Lake Reg. HS (MA) made the most of her attempts with a season-high four kills in five tries for an .800 hitting mark in addition to a pair of aces and a dig. Freshman setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) got the nod as the setter for the third set and responded with 11 assists and three aces, while classmate Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) notched a team-high six digs to go with a season-best four aces and a kill in her only attempt.
The Beacons will be in action again on Thursday, September 17 when they travel to nearby Wentworth Institute of Technology for a 7:00 p.m. match, while Suffolk heads to Nashua, NH on September 17 to take on Daniel Webster College at 7:00 p.m.