Oct. 5, 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 September 28 to October 4, it was announced today. The honor marks the fourth time in five weeks that she has received the award. She was also named the league's top rookie for the weeks of August 31 to September 6, September 14-20 and September 21-27.

In the only match the Beacons played last week, Thompson was outstanding on both sides of the net, spiking for 15 kills, firing three aces, scooping up a career-high 18 digs and getting up for a personal-best seven total blocks, while maintaining a .306 hitting percentage in five sets at number two regionally-ranked Tufts University on September 29.

For the season, the Moorpark High School graduate has been one of the LEC's top players, ranking third among league leaders in hitting percentage with a .379 mark, second with 4.62 points, fourth with 3.66 kills and fifth with 0.55 aces per set. The 6'2" hitter has played in all 58 sets over 16 matches for UMass Boston and also stands second for the Beacons with 0.66 total blocks and third with 2.41 digs per set. Consistency has been a hallmark of her game in her first year of collegiate volleyball with a current streak of 15 matches with at least one ace and 10 or more kills in all but one match for the season, including a season-high of 19 at Pomona-Pitzer College to open the season on September 4 at the Pacific Coast Classic, where she was named to the All-Tournament Team. She's also been an extremely efficient hitter, match in and match out, with a hitting percentage of at least .222 in every match thus far, including a blistering .769 with 10 kills in 13 attempts at Suffolk University on September 15. Thompson has shown off her defensive prowess as well with at least one block in all but three matches and has scooped up at least five digs on 12 occasions.

UMass Boston's school-record streak of 13 straight wins was snapped last week with a 3-2 loss at Tufts, which was ranked number two in the NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Association Poll. The Beacons, who have been ranked number one in the same poll in the first three weeks of the season, are now 13-3 on the season, including a perfect 2-0 in Little East Conference play. The squad has received votes in the past three American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Weekly Polls with nine, seven and 10 votes, respectively. UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, October 6 when it travels to Beverly, MA to take on Endicott College at 6:00 p.m.