Oct. 11, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – It was a record night for the volleyball team as they not only recorded a program best 18th straight victory, but they also saw junior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) become the all-time career kills leader as the Beacons (18-2, 4-0 LEC) cruised to a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over UMass Dartmouth (11-10, 1-3 LEC) Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.
With her 20 kills, Thompson moved past former program leader Kate White ’09, who ended her career with 1,191 kills. Thompson, a two-time All-American, now sits with 1,197 career kills. On the night she dominated the offense hitting an impressive .655 after going 20-for-29 with only one attack error.
As a team, the Beacons were sensation with their .516 attack percentage. Combined they were 52-for-93 with only four attack errors. They also managed a total of ten aces and 11 combined blocks. Their now 18-game win streak surpasses the previous record of 17 set last season from October 8 – November 12, when they were eliminated from the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
Already a program record holder senior setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) posted a combined 42 assists on 82 attempts (.512). Sophomore Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was also solid from start to finish as she totaled nine kills, and also led the defense with 13 digs. Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) also had a strong night scoring nine kills of her own, as well as total four blocks.
For the Corsairs, Allie Mastrocola totaled eight kills on 27 attempts. Jessica Goncalves connected on 13 assist, and also had one of UMass Dartmouth’s two aces. Shannon Brodie paced the defense with 12 digs.
Volleyball returns to action on Friday when they take on Western New England College at 7:30 p.m. as part of the MIT Invitational.