Oct. 8, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) was nearly flawless in the match with 12 kills in 13 attack attempts to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team past Kean University, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons, who received 32 votes in the most recent Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, won their eighth straight match to improve to 15-1 overall, for their best start in school history, while the Cougars fall to 11-12.
UMass Boston was extremely efficient throughout the contest as it tallied a .493 hitting percentage led by Rattigan, sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) and freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA). Thompson posted a .500 hitting mark with 12 kills and just one error on 22 attempts, while Porter hit .412 with eight kills and an error on 17 attempts. Freshman outside hitter Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, CA) added three aces along with six digs, and sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) did a lot of the dirty work in collecting nine digs for the Beacons.
The Kean attack was led by sophomore middle hitter Katie Schuh (Mount Holly, NJ), who posted .429 hitting with six kills and no errors on 14 attempts. The Cougars offense ran through senior setter Colleen Masterson (Rahway, NJ) and her 21 assists.
UMass Boston never trailed in the contest and only fell into a tie once at 8-8 in the second game. After taking a comfortable lead in the first game, the Beacons pulled away on junior setter Cassy Hanneman's (Denver, CO) service with six consecutive points. Hanneman finished the match with 20 assists and two aces. The Cougars kept it close early in the second match but UMass Boston slowly distanced itself with Hanneman serving once again as she finished with the final six points of the game. Clemons played the role of closer in the final game, leading the Beacons to the victory with the final six points while serving. UMass Boston has now won 18 consecutive sets at home.
The Beacons will be in action again Saturday, October 9 when they host Wheaton College at noon and then Babson College at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Cougars will take on Babson at noon and Wheaton at 3:00 p.m. on the same day at UMass Boston as part of the Beacon Invitational.