Sept. 20, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – Fans that attended the home opener of the 18th ranked University of Massachusetts volleyball team got their money’s worth as the Beacons faced-off against the Bantams of Trinity College (CT). UMass managed to pull-out a hard fought 3-1 win to improve their win-streak to six Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
Going into Tuesday’s match the Beacons (6-2) had climbed one spot in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll, while Trinity was entering the match with a program best 6-0 record.
The two teams exchanged points and put everything on the court for a loud and energetic crowd. Set one would favor the host Beacons as they earned a 25-20 win. The second set was much closer, as the Beacons fought their way to a 26-24 decision. Trinity would earn the win in the third set (25-20), but in the fourth set, the Beacons would hold off a late Bantam run to take the 25-22 victory.
On the night, Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) finished with a team-high 18 kills, while Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) finished second overall with 14. The Beacons as a whole finished the night with a .312 attack percentage and 60 kills.
Setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) tallied a season-high 49 assists. Thompson and Porter were also the team’s top defensive players, with Thompson earning 15 digs and Porter 14. Kayla Wilson (San Jose, CA) tallied 12 digs of her own to help out the Beacons.
For Trinity Danielle Isaman led the match with 19 kills. Alexandra Pell added 16 kills of her own.
Volleyball returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Thursday when they host Johnson and Wales University at 6 p.m.