Sept. 18, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) put down a match-high 15 kills and added nine digs, while sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) closed out all three sets on her service to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team over visiting Eastern Connecticut State University, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13, this afternoon in the Little East Conference opener 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 10-1 overall and 1-0 in LEC play for their best start since an 11-1 stretch to begin the 1999 campaign, while the Warriors fall to 5-5 and 0-1 in league play.
The teams were knotted at 15-15, before UMass Boston reeled off 10 straight points behind the service of Burtness-Adams to take the first set, 25-15. The Beacons scored the first five points of the second set to make it 15 straight and took an 8-1 advantage, before Eastern Connecticut climbed to within 16-14 later in the set. With Burtness-Adams behind the service line, UMass Boston ripped off nine straight points to take set number two, 25-16. The Warriors owned a 7-4 lead early in the third set and were up 9-8, before the Beacons went on another run of nine straight points with junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) serving, to take a 17-9 margin. UMass Boston cruised to the third set win with a 25-13 showing.
Thompson hit .194 for the match for the Beacons and added three total blocks, while Burtness-Adams registered 18 assists, an ace and three digs. Freshman outside hitter Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, CA) contributed with seven kills and a robust .429 hitting mark to go with a pair of aces and four digs. Sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) anchored the defense with 12 digs, while Hanneman directed the offense with a match-best 20 assists in addition to 11 digs.
Sophomore right side hitter Jacqueline Brasa (East Hartford, CT) led Eastern Connecticut State with eight kills and added three digs, while junior middle hitter Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, CT) chipped in with six kills. Junior setter Britt Carrier (Southington, CT) set up the offense with 12 assists and got down for three digs, while junior libero Taylor Abelli (Cheshire, CT) scooped up a match-high 25 digs.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Thursday, September 23 when it travels to Providence, RI to take on Johnson & Wales University at 7:00 p.m., while the Warriors travel to Keene, NH on Saturday, September 25 for a league tilt with Keene State College at 12:00 p.m.