Oct. 1, 2011
HOBOKEN, New Jersey – Led by all-tournament honoree Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) and tournament MVP Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA), the 18th ranked Beacons (13-2) closed out the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record, as they defeated 19th ranked SUNY Cortland (20-1) 3-1, and New York University Polytechnic (13-10) 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Canavan Arena.
The win over the Red Dragons of SUNY Cortland ended the teams 20 match undefeated streak, while increasing the Beacons streak to 13 consecutive matches. UMass came out firing in the first set as they defeated Cortland 25-10. The Red Dragons bounced back in the second with a 25-20 decision to even the match at 1-1. UMass once again earned a decisive win in the third set with a 25-13 victory. The final set was much closer as the Beacons edged Cortland 26-24.
Match two was a quick three-and-out for UMass as they swept their New York opponent 25-12, 25-14, and 25-22.
After two strong performances in day one, Thompson capped off the four-match tournament with an additional 25 kills. Against NYIT, she led the match with .428 attack percentage after scoring 12 kills on 28 attempts without giving up a single attack error. Rattigan was just as strong in her two matches recording 16 kills respectively.
Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) posted 10 kills in the Beacons huge win over Cortland, and tallied six more against NYIT. Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) recorded 38 assists in the opener, and 30 in the final match of the tournament.
As a team, UMass recorded 13 aces, five solo blocks, and 14 block-assists. Defensively they allowed just six receiving errors, and five blocking errors.
Volleyball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Southern Maine for a 7 p.m. Little East Conference match.
2011 Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks Invitational
MVP: Shannon Thompson – Umass-Boston
Ashley Coyle – Cortland
Molly Rattigan – Umass-Boston
Stephanie Warner – Stockton
Nicole Serekian – Stockton
Jessica Wu – Baruch
Chrissy Dickinson – Stevens
Sheena Asibey - Cortland