Sept. 3, 2011
HILO, Hawaii - The 19th ranked University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team closed out their season opening trip with another hard fought match with the University of Hawaii Hilo. Despite their best efforts, the Beacons were unable to topple one of the top Division II programs in the country as the host Vulcans (4-0) defeated UMass Boston (0-2) by the final score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon at UHH Gymnasium.
After suffering a 3-0 setback to the Vulcans yesterday, the Beacons returned to the hardwood looking for some payback. In the first set, the Beacons showed that they were going to give the Vulcans a fight, as they pulled out a 28-26 victory to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the Vulcans managed to sneak by with a 25-22 decision to tie the game at 1-1. In the third set, Hawaii Hilo pulled out a 25-19 win, to make it a 2-1 on the scoreboard. The Vulcans secured the win in the fourth set with a 25-21 victory.
Pacing the Beacons in their final match of the weekend was Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA/Pacifica/Tesoro) with a team-high 14 kills. Proving to be the deciding factor for the Vulcans was Hillary Hurly, who scored a match-high 23 kills on 65 attempts.
Combined the Beacons were 52-of-157, while the Vulcans were 56-of-164. Both teams had three players finish in double-figures in kills. After Porter it was sophomore Brooke Nemethy (Oviedo, FL/Lake Howell), who scored 13 kills and junior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark) who managed 10 kills in the match.
Setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO/Arapahoe) tallied a match-high 43 assists. On the defensive of the net, Porter came-up with 16 digs, followed by Hanneman who had 15. Nemethy finished the match with 14 digs, while Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, AK/Austin E. Lathrop) recorded 10 digs.
Volleyball returns to action on Friday when they take on Bowdoin College at 5 p.m. and Schreiner University at 7 p.m. as part of the Endicott College Invitational.