Oct. 19, 2011
WELLESLEY, Mass. – It has been well over a month since the 17th ranked Beacons (22-3) felt the sting of a loss, but on Wednesday night regionally ranked Wellesley College (18-6) ended volleyball’s 22 match win-streak with a 3-0 (23-25, 22-25, 19-25) decision at Keohane Sports Center.
From start to finish Wednesday’s match was a battle between two of the top teams in not only in Massachusetts, but in the entire New England Region. Wellesley entered the match ranked eighth in the region on the most recent New England Women’s Volleyball Association coaches’ poll, which was released earlier today. UMass has held the number one spot at the poll since the start of the 2011 season.
The match also marked the second for the Beacons in less than 24 hours as they defeated Western Connecticut State University late last night. For the Blue, Wednesday’s win marked the second over a nationally-ranked opponent in less than a week (3-1 over \#18 Springfield).
For UMass, senior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) led the team with nine kills on 11 attempts (.818). Sophomore Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) finished second on the team with eight kills.
Setter Cassy Hanneman finished the match with 24 assists on 84 attempts (.289). Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) recorded the Beacons only two aces. Kayla Wilson (San Jose, Calif.) led the defense with 10 digs, while Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) notched one solo block and four block assists.
The opening set was a see-saw affair, as both squads battled for control throughout the game. After Wellesley inched out to a 22-19 lead, the Beacons scored four straight for a one-point advantage. But the Blue answered with three consecutive points to grab a 25-23 win.
Wellesley carried the momentum into the second stanza and built a commanding 18-10 advantage. The Beacons charged back with a seven-point run from the service line, trimming the lead to 23-22, but the Blue again closed out the set with two straight for the 25-22 win.
The Blue built an early lead in set three as well, but UMass Boston clawed back for a 13-12 lead. After exchanging sideouts through the middle rallies, Wellesley used an 8-3 run to close out the game, 25-19, and seal the sweep.
Volleyball will return to action on Tuesday when they host Plymouth State University at 6 p.m. in a Little East Conference match in the Clark Athletic Center.
Information for this article provided by Wellesley College Sports Information Department