Sept. 25, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) spiked for a match-high 11 kills and tied a career-high with five aces to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team over visiting Rhode Island College, 25-9, 25-21, 25-11, this afternoon in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston in Boston, MA. The Beacons, who received 28 votes in the most recent Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, improve to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in LEC play for their best start in school history, while the Anchorwomen fall to 6-10 and 0-2.
UMass Boston owned leads of 5-1, 10-2 and 18-6, before putting away the first set to take a 1-0 match lead. Rhode Island College overcame a 5-1 deficit in the second set and put together an 8-3 run to take its first lead of the day at 9-8 and later owned a 17-15 margin, before the Beacons reeled off five straight points on sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson's (Moorpark, CA) serve to take a 20-17 lead. The Anchorwomen would pull to within 22-21, but that would be as close as they would get before the home team pulled away for the last three points and the second set win. UMass Boston held a slim 9-8 edge in the third set, but scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a commanding 20-10 lead in the final set, before taking the match with a 25-11 score.
Porter hit .333 for the match and added seven digs and a pair of block assists for the Beacons, while Thompson owned a .450 hitting mark on 11 kills in addition to a match-high 12 digs, while adding two aces. Junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) was fluid all afternoon with 24 assists to direct the offense, while scooping up three digs and serving up an ace. Sophomore middle hitter Alexa Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) was extremely efficient with a torrid .636 hitting percentage on seven kills in just 11 attempts and also got up for two block assists to go with a dig.
Sophomore outside hitter Breanna Boyer (West Greenwich, CT) led the Rhode Island College offense with 10 kills on a .222 hitting percentage and got down for six digs, while freshman outside hitter Amanda Cabral (Riverside, RI) chipped in with six kills, five digs and a block assist. Sophomore setter Jessica Ho (Providence, RI) racked up 17 assists and a pair of digs, while recording a block assist.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, September 28 when it hosts Tufts University at 6:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Anchorwomen host Emmanuel College on the same night at 7:00 p.m.