Nov. 15, 2010

BRISTOL, RI & LEXINGTON, KY - University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball player Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, CA) has been named the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Player of the Year as well as a member of the All-New England First Team while freshman Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, CA) was named to the NEWVA All-Rookie Team. For the second straight year, Thompson was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Associate (AVCA) All-Region team for New England while UMass Boston Head Coach, Terry Condon, was named the AVCA Coach of the Year in the New England Region for the second straight season, it was announced over the weekend by the NEWVA and AVCA.

Thompson is the first student-athlete in program history to earn the top NEWVA offensive award after garnering the rookie of the year accolade the previous year. The two-time All-England, honoree ranks among the national leaders in points per set (13th, 5.35) and kills per set (26th, 4.09). Thompson currently has 479 kills on the year, the most in the Little East Conference, and ranks third all-time for kills in a single season at UMass Boston. She's currently averaging 3.16 digs/g while record a hitting percentage of .291. An explosive offensive threat, Thompson reached double figures in kills in 29 of her 34 matches, including posting at least 20 winners four times. She recorded a season-high 27 kills in a five-set victory at Little East foe UMass Dartmouth and 25 kills in the New England championship match vs. Springfield College. Thompson displayed her versatility by posting a conference-high 18 double-doubles for kills and digs. She recorded a season-best 21 digs against Hardin Simmons in the season-opener on Sept. 3. Over the season, the middle hitter was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the week five out of nine times the honor was bestowed. Thompson was named the 2010 LEC Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Volleyball Championship in helping UMass Boston capture its second consecutive LEC title as well as the Most Outstanding Player at the New England Regional Championship to help the Beacons advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament for the first time in program history.

Thompson has already established herself as an outstanding player in UMB volleyball annals, being named a 2009 ACVA All-American Honorable Mention as well as a two-time All-Region selection from the AVCA and the New England Women's Volleyball Association last season. She currently ranks third in school history with 899 career kills, while placing second with a lifetime hitting mark of .313, second with 103 block assists, tied for fifth with 130 career aces and sixth with 75 solo blocks.

Under Condon's guidance, UMass-Boston dominated conference play to win the Little East Conference and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Beacons postseason run is still not over as Condon's squad captured its first ever New England Regional Championship, defeating Springfield College, 3-2, on Sunday, November 14 at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College to earn the program's first trip to a National Championship.

In six seasons as head coach, Terry Condon has the most wins of any coach in the program's history (125), while posting the highest win percentage of any coach with over 25 games of experience at the Harbor Campus (.694). Condon led her Beacons to their third consecutive 25-plus win season and tied the school record with seven conference wins and overall victories with 30. The Beacons held a No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Association poll earlier in the year and are currently ranked 24th in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll. This is Condon's second AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year Award after winning it for the first time a season ago.

After being named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, Porter becomes the second Beacon in as many seasons to be recognized on the NEWVA All-Rookie team (Thompson). The Huntington Beach, CA product is currently first on the team in service aces with 60, second on the team in kills (343) and third in digs (350). Her 350 digs are the ninth highest single-season total in Beacon history. A starter in all 34 matches, Porter reached double digits in kills 20 times, including a season-best 19 against UMass Dartmouth. A consistent attacker, Porter made three or fewer errors in 21 matches to hit at a .224 clip for the season. The 2010 All-Little East, first-team selection posted 15 double-doubles for kills and digs. She recorded a season-high 22 digs in a three-set sweep against Tufts University on Sept. 28. Porter continually filled up the box score on a weekly basis to earn the LEC Rookie of the Week award in five of the nine times the honor was bestowed. For her efforts over the weekend, she was named to the NCAA New England Regional Championship All-Tournament team after averaging 2.67 kills and 2.42 digs per set to help the Beacons capture the 2010 New England Championship.

UMass Boston is enjoying its best season ever, posting a 30-4 overall record, including 7-0 in Little East Conference play to capture the school's second consecutive LEC regular season and tournament crown. The Beacons earned their second-ever NCAA Tournament berth and after victories over Maine Maritime (3-0), Middlebury (3-1), and Springfield (3-2), captured the 2010 New England Championship to advance to the Elite-8 for the first time in program history. The NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball championship tournament will be hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, MO at the Washington University Field House. UMass Boston will play Calvin College at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19; it will be the two program's first meeting.