Nov. 4, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) smashed a game-high 21 kills and hit .366 for the match, while freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) matched her career-high with 43 assists to lead the number two seeded University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team over visiting seventh-seeded Rhode Island College, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-14, tonight in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference championship tournament. The Beacons have won 17 of their last 19 matches to improve to 24-8 on the season, while the Anchorwomen finish their season at 8-23.
UMass Boston will play the winner of the Keene State College-Eastern Connecticut State University match on Friday, November 7 in Keene, NH at 6:00 p.m. The win was the first playoff victory for UMB since a 3-2 triumph over UMass Dartmouth on November 5, 1999.
McWhorter closed out the match for the Beacons with nine kills in the final set and added eight digs, four block assists and an ace for the match. Hanneman spiked for three kills and a .500 hitting mark to go with 11 digs and a block solo. Junior outside hitter Kate White (Plymouth, MA) was outstanding on the night with 15 kills on a .303 hitting percentage and added five digs and a block assist, while junior libero Megan MacAuley (Upland, CA) anchored the defense with 17 digs, an ace and a kill on her only attack attempt. Senior Alessandra Adamo (Glastonbury, CT) also contributed with 10 digs and an ace.
Junior outside hitter Sharon Corriveau (Coventry, RI) led Rhode Island College with 13 kills and a .448 hitting percentage, while scooping 11 digs, serving up an ace and getting up for two total blocks, while freshman setter Tiana Pittman (Warwick, RI) registered 29 assists in addition to seven digs and a pair of blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Erin St. Jacques (Warwick, RI) put down seven kills, got down for four digs and up for five total blocks and senior right side hitter Tina Hilton (Woonsocket, RI) hit .375 with five kills in addition to 10 digs and an assisted block.