November 24, 2012

Thompson Named NEWVA Player of the Year

BOSTON, Mass. – The honor continue to roll in for senior hitter Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.).  After leading the Beacons to their fourth-straight LEC title and second NCAA Regional crown in the last three seasons, Thompson was named the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Player of the Year and First Team All-Region.

Along with her All-Region honors, Thompson was also selected the NEWVA Senior Classic and was named an All-New England Honorable Mention selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

The most decorated player to ever compete at UMass Boston, Thompson became the first player in school history to be named a four-time Little East Conference First Team selection.  She also made history by becoming the first player to be named LEC Rookie of the Year before being named a three-time LEC Offensive Player of the Year.

The program's first and only three-time AVCA All-American, Thompson ended her career with the Beacons as its all-time leader in kills (1,803), attack attempts (3,954), digs (1,202), block solos (120), total blocks (373), and total points (2,241.5).

Named AVCA National Player of the Week last season and a two-time NCAA Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Thompson led UMass Boston to a combined record of 108-27 (.800) during her four seasons in Boston. 

In 2012, Thompson posted a .273 hitting percentage scoring a team best 3.79 kills per game.  She also finished fifth on the team in aces with 24 and combined for 259 digs (2.25 dig/g).  At the net she led UMB in solo blocks with 19, block assists with 76, and total blocks with 95.