Oct. 15, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team was upset by Lebanon Valley College, 3-1, this evening in opening round action of the MIT Invitational at the Rockwell Cage in Cambridge, MA. The Beacons, who are ranked No. 25 in the latest AVCA Division III national poll, drop their first decision in 11 contests to fall to 18-2 overall on the campaign. The win propels the Dutchmen to 17-7 on the year.
UMass Boston was in control early in the match as sophomore middle hitter Alex Sullivan (South Dennis, MA) collected five kills on six attempts in the first set to lead the Beacons to a 25-23 win.
The Dutchmen stormed back to notch a 26-24 second set victory, evening the match at 1-1 despite the Beacons hitting .289 in the set, their highest percentage in a set on the night.
Lebanon stayed in command in the third set which saw the Beacons without All-American sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) or starting sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO). The Dutchmen registered a 25-22 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
UMass Boston appeared to be back on track in the fourth set, jumping out to a 10-5 lead with the serve before Lebanon Valley called a timeout to stop the bleeding. The Dutchmen responded, rattling off eight consecutive points after the stoppage and never looked back, taking the fourth set by a score of 25-21 and the match, 3-1.
Frehsman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) continued her solid play, collecting a team-high 17 kills and 15 digs. Thompson finished with 14 kills and 15 digs while Sullivan and junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) each contributed with nine kills a piece.
Junior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) dished out a 30 assists to go along with six digs and four aces while sophomore setter Frana Burtness-Adams registered 17 assists and a career-high nine digs on the night.
Both teams are back in action tomorrow, in day two of the MIT Invitational. The Beacons face MIT at 11:00 a.m. and Bates at 2:00 p.m. while Lebanon Valley will face Bates at 11:00 a.m. and MIT at 2:00 p.m.