Sept. 7, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team received 29 votes in the Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll this week. The total is the highest number of votes that the program has ever received in a national poll.

The Beacons appearance in the "Others receiving votes" portion of the poll marks the first time UMass Boston volleyball has been recognized in the poll this season and the fifth time in the past two seasons.

The Beacons received votes last season on four occasions in the AVCA Poll with nine, seven, 10 and six votes, respectively from September 15 to October 6.

UMass Boston is off to the best start in school history with a 4-0 record following four straight wins in San Antonio, TX to capture the River City Classic Tournament championship. The Beacons battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Hardin-Simmons University, 3-2 (22-25, 29-27, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11), on September 3. UMass Boston took down Whitworth University in straight sets with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 victory later that evening. The Beacons biggest win to date was a stunning 3-0 victory over nationally-ranked number 12 Trinity University (TX) on September 4. UMass Boston won the first two sets, 25-16, 26-24, but trailed the third set 19-23, before reeling off six straight points to take the set, 25-23, and the match. The Beacons won the tournament title with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 win over McMurry University.

UMass Boston is led by sophomore middle hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA), who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as well as the Little East Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week. She currently leads the LEC with 4.57 kills per set, while ranking sixth with a .314 hitting mark. Thompson was named an All-American Honorable Mention by the AVCA last year as well as the New England Region Freshman of the Year. Sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) was also honored by the conference this week, earning LEC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ranks second in the league with 5.71 digs per set. Freshman outside hitter Corrine Porter (Ladera Ranch, CA) earned the LEC Rookie of the Week award and places second for the Beacons with 2.14 kills per set to go with a .208 hitting percentage and 2.36 digs per set. UMass Boston also boasts 2009 New England Women's Volleyball Association All-Region Honorable Mention setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO), who is averaging 5.64 assists per set to go with a team-high 10 aces to give her 0.71 per set to place fourth among LEC leaders. She is the school's career leader in assists with 2,288. Junior middle hitter Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) returns as well after landing a spot as a Little East Conference Second Team All-Star. She currently leads the team with a .327 hitting percentage, which is good for fifth among conference leaders. The Beacons are led by Head Coach Terry Condon, who was named the 2009 AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year. She currently owns a 291-168 (.634) career record and is UMass Boston's all-time victory leader with a 99-55 (.643) mark.

The Beacons will be in action again on Wednesday, September 8 when they host Emerson College at 6:00 p.m. in their home opener at the Clark Athletic Center.