Sept. 8, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week for her play during the week of August 31 to September 6, it was announced today.

The freshman certainly made a good impression in her first weekend of collegiate volleyball for the Beacons, averaging 3.76 kills, 2.35 digs, 0.88 total blocks, 0.24 aces and 4.50 points per set to go with an efficient .338 hitting percentage in 17 sets over four matches of play. The middle hitter was also named to the Pacific Coast Classic All-Tournament team as one of the most consistent players in the tourney. Thompson spiked for at least 10 kills in all four matches, including 17 vs. Chapman University and 18 vs. Occidental College on September 5 and a season-high of 19 in her collegiate debut at Ponoma-Pitzer College on September 4. The 6'2" front court player excelled in all facets of her game, recording at least six digs in all four matches, including a season-high of 16 vs. Occidental and posted at least five total blocks in three of her four matches. The Moorpark High School graduate was formidable from the service line as well with at least one ace in three of four matches, including a pair of aces vs. Occidental. The freshman also held her own against the nation's third-ranked team with 10 kills, nine digs and an ace in three sets vs. University of La Verne on September 4.

In just four matches, Thompson has already established herself as one of UMass Boston's top players, leading the team in kills (3.76 per set) and points (4.50 per set), while ranking second with a .338 hitting mark and 0.88 total blocks per set. She also stands third with 2.35 digs per set and her 0.24 aces per set place her fourth on the squad.

The Beacons are currently 2-2 on the season and will be in action again on Wednesday, September 9 when they travel across town to take on Simmons College on the Fenway at 6:00 p.m.