Oct. 28, 2008

Box Score

BOSTON, MA -- The Emerson College volleyball team recorded a school single-season record 18th women's volleyball victory as the Lions rallied to down UMass Boston 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-8). The victory upped Emerson's record to 18-9 surpassing the 17 win total of 2007, while the Beacons' school-record 12-match win streak ends as they fall to 21-8.

UMass Boston freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) finished the night with 39 assists to give her 884 surpassing the previous single-season mark of 865 set by Melissa Hales (2000-02) during the 2001 campaign.

In a back and forth affair, the Lions took the first game 25-20. The Lions scored the first three points of the match and cruised to a 10-3 lead. The Beacons rallied to pull to within 15-13, but that is the closest the visitors would get. Emerson went on a three point run to end the set.

The second game saw Emerson rally with four consecutive points to tie the set at 7-7, but kills by junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA), who finished with 10 kills on the night, and junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA), and a ball handling error by the Lions gave UMass Boston a lead it would not relinquish. Emerson was never able to get closer than two points for the rest of the game and lost 20-25.

Game three saw the Beacons take a 2-1 edge in the match despite Emerson scoring the first four points. UMass Boston scored eight of the next 11 points for an 8-7 advantage. After the game was tied at nine, the Beacons scored the next four points and never looked back for a 25-22 win.

UMass Boston took a quick 4-1 lead in game four but Emerson rallied for a 9-5 lead. Five straight points gave the Beacons the lead and the teams traded points until the game was tied at 16. A kill by Lauren Zaniboni (San Diego, CA) started the Lions on a 9-2 run to end the game and send the match to a deciding fifth game.

The Lions took control early in game five scoring the first two points and getting to the crossover with an 8-4 lead. UMass Boston came as close as 9-6, but two kills from Zaniboni sparked a 7-2 Emerson run to end the match.

For the Beacons, McWhorter had a strong match with 21 kills and a career-high 22 digs to go with an ace and two block solos. Hanneman added six kills on an .857 hitting percentage to her night in addition to seven digs and a pair of assists blocks, while junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) scooped up 16 digs to put her over the 1,000 mark for her career to become the first player in school history to pass the milestone. She now has 1,009. Freshman middle hitter Brigid Wendle (Alton, IL) contributed with a personal-best eight kills and hit .400 for the match, while getting up for a block assist.

Emerson's Zaniboni had 18 kills, while Erin Connolly (North Quincy, MA) chipped in with 17, and Maddie Breeland (Fairfax, VA) added 10.

Emerson next travels to Western New England College on Thursday evening for a 7:00pm start. UMass Boston travels to Providence, RI for a Little East Conference tri-match, taking on Rhode Island College at 10:00 a.m. to begin the day.