Sept. 29, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Cassy Hanneman (DENVER, CO) has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week for her play during the week of September 22-28, it was announced today.

The freshman continued her outstanding play with another excellent week, averaging 8.70 assists, 0.70 service aces, 3.60 digs, 0.30 blocks and 0.90 kills per set in 10 sets over three matches. The setter also owned a .222 hitting percentage and dished out at least 26 assists in all three matches. The 5'9" Hanneman enjoyed, perhaps, her best all-around match with 34 assists, a career-high 25 digs, three kills and a personal-best matching four aces vs. Keene State College on September 27. She was very strong at the net, earlier on the same day, in the Beacons' 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 first-ever victory vs. Eastern Connecticut State College with a career-high three blocks to go with 27 assists, seven digs and three kills. A product of Arapahoe High School, she owned a .571 hitting mark in a 25-11, 25-12, 25-8 win at Worcester State College on September 25 with four kills in seven attempts, while registering 26 assists, three aces and four digs.

Hanneman has shined directing the UMass Boston offense all season, averaging 8.36 assists per set to place fourth among conference leaders for a total of 468, which ranks as the sixth-most in a season at UMB. The rookie also ranks fourth in the LEC and leads the Beacons with 0.50 aces per set, while owning a .169 hitting percentage. Hanneman is one of just three players on the squad to have played and started every set this season and has been one of the team's top defensive players as well with 2.25 digs per set to go with 16 total blocks. She has posted 20 or more assists in all but one match, including a season-high of 43 vs. Smith College on September 20. Hanneman has dished out 30 or more assists on seven occasions, including a three-match stretch from September 13-18. The first-year standout has been one of UMass Boston's most potent servers with at least one ace in 12 of 16 matches and has fired multiple aces in eight contests. She has also scooped up 10 or more digs three times and recorded at least one block in 11 matches.

The Beacons are currently 9-7 on the season, including 1-1 in Little East Conference play, and will be in action again on Friday, September 3 when they host Regis College at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.