Sept. 17, 2011
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The hunt for the 2011 Little East Conference volleyball title officially got underway on Saturday, as the \#19 University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball team took their first step towards their third straight title with a 3-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State University (7-4, 0-1 LEC) in Geissler Gymnasium.
The Beacons entered Saturday’s match ranked first in New England on the most recent New England Women’s Volleyball Association poll, which was released on Wednesday. The host Warriors were ranked 15th on that poll after starting the year with a 7-2 record.
In two of the three sets, the Beacons completely dominated the Warriors defeating them by the score of 25-10 in the first set and 25-14 in the third set. It was in the second set however, that Eastern Connecticut made things interesting. Leading by only one (21-20) Beacons head coach Terry Condon called a timeout.
After the break, the Beacons went to score the final four points to earn the 25-20 decision. In that late flurry were two kills from UMass, a block and a service error by the Warriors.
On the day, UMass combined for 45 kills on 92 attempts for a .337 attack percentage. Eastern Connecticut closed out the match 17 kills on 86 attempts, but had 22 errors to finish the match with a -.058 attack percentage.
Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) led the Beacons with a combined 16 kills on 22 attempts. Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) recorded the matches only double-double, as she drove down 13 kills while also tallying 10 digs.
Setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) was solid in all three sets totaling 35 assists, while also helping out on the defense with nine digs. At the backline, Christine DuPuis (Minden, NV) had a strong showing scoring four aces.
Eastern Connecticut’s Samantha Slonksi finished the match with six kills and eight assists. Taylor Abelli earned 10 digs in the match and had two aces.
Volleyball will make their 2011 home debut on Tuesday when they take on Trinity College (CT) at 6 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.