Sept. 16, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) spiked for a match-high 11 kills and sophomore middle hitter Alexa Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) hit .333 with seven kills to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team over visiting Endicott College, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17, tonight at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston in Boston, MA. The Beacons, who received 23 votes in the most recent Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, improve to 9-1 on the season for their best start since an 11-1 stretch to begin the 1999 campaign, while the Gulls fall to 7-3.
UMass Boston dropped the first set, 25-20, but rallied to take set number two by the same score of 25-20, despite Endicott closing to within 22-19 during the frame. The Beacons cruised through the third set with a 25-16 showing and tallied the first four points of the fourth set to establish the tone. The Gulls came within 13-9 in the fourth set, but UMass Boston ran off four straight points on Thompson's serve to take a 17-9 margin, before pulling away for the victory.
Thompson added a pair of aces, 14 digs and a block assist to her night for the Beacons, while Sullivan got up for three assisted blocks to go with a dig. Freshman outside hitter Amber Clemons (Simi Falls, CA) contributed with six kills and four digs, while sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) led the defense with 15 digs in addition to an ace and a kill. Junior setter Cassie Hanneman (Denver, CO) racked up 17 assists and 12 digs to go with a pair of aces and sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) registered 15 assists, two digs and an ace.
Senior outside hitter Brittany Phillips (Sudbury, MA) led the Endicott offense with 11 kills and two aces in addition to 12 digs, while sophomore libero Ashley Norley (Sudbury, MA) anchored the defense with a match-high 22 digs to go with an ace. Junior right side hitter Elyse Barbour (Greenville, RI) chipped in with seven kills, four digs and four total blocks and junior setter Sarah Allshouse (Berthoud, CO) set for 17 assists and scooped up six digs in three sets.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, September 18 when it opens the Little East Conference slate at home vs. Eastern Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Gulls travel to Biddeford, ME for an 11:00 a.m. match at University of New England on September 18 to open the Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule.