Oct. 8, 2009
GORHAM, ME - Freshman middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) smashed a match-high 14 kills on 17 swings for a blistering .824 hitting percentage and freshman middle hitter Alexa Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) got up for a career-high six block solos to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team to a 25-10, 25-7, 25-9 Little East Conference win over host University of Southern Maine tonight at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The Beacons, who are ranked second in the latest NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Association Poll, have won 14 of their last 16 matches and improve to 14-4 overall, including a perfect 3-0 in LEC play, while the Huskies fall to 1-11 and 0-3.
Thompson added an ace and four digs to her night for UMass Boston, while Sullivan spiked for five kills on a .714 hitting mark and fired a service ace. Sophomore middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) contributed with five kills on an efficient .833 hitting mark and senior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) put down five kills to go with 10 digs and a career-high six aces. McWhorter's serve proved to be extremely effective for the Beacons, particularly in the second game. With the game tied at 4-4, McWhorter helped UMass Boston run off 10 straight points to help her team to a 25-7 win in the second game. The Beacons strung together 12 straight points during her serve in the third set as well, turning an 11-8 margin into a 23-8 lead.
Sophomore setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) and freshman setter Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK) combined for 35 assists for UMass Boston. Hanneman had 16 assists and six service aces and Burtness-Adams had a career-best 17 assists as the Beacons owned torrid .633 hitting percentage for the match.
Southern Maine senior Cassi Sticht (Meredith, NH) had three kills and five digs to pace the Huskies. Sophomore setter Laurie Boulay (Biddeford, ME) had seven assists.
Southern Maine hosts University of Maine Fort Kent on Friday at 6:00 p.m., while the Beacons host Wheaton College (12:00 p.m.), Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2:00 p.m.) and Babson College (4:00 p.m.) at the Clark Athletic Center for the Beacon Invitational on Saturday, October 10.