November 1, 2008




Anchorwomen Ready for UMass Boston in LEC Tournament Action


Providence, RI— The UMass Boston women’s volleyball team established a new program record for wins, raising their record to 23-8, in back-to-back, 3-0, victories over Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center. The Beacons secure second place in the Little East Conference with a 5-1 record and will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.




Western Connecticut (18-8, 3-3) went 1-1 on the day. The Anchorwomen (8-22, 0-6), who went 0-2, will be the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Women’s Volleyball Tournament and will play at second-seeded UMass Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 4.




The Beacons took the day’s opening match, sweeping the Anchorwomen, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-7). UMass Boston junior outside hitter Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) led all players with 13 kills, to go along with two blocks. Freshmen middle hitters Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, RI) and Brigid Wendle (Alton, IL) pitched in with six kills apiece. Junior libero Megan McAuley (Upland, CA) recorded 16 digs, while freshman setter Cassy Hanneman (Denver, CO) was the offensive catalyst with 30 assists.




RIC sophomore middle blocker Erin St. Jacques (Warwick, RI) led the hosts with six kills, while freshman setter Tiana Pittman (Warwick, RI) posted team-highs of 18 assists and 10 digs.




UMass Boston took the middle match, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-21), over the Colonials. McWhorter once again paced the attack with a 15-kill effort. McAuley logged 20 digs, Hanneman set up 32 winners and Rattigan registered five blocks.




WestConn was led by the duo of junior middle hitter Rebecca Stein (Kingston, NY) and sophomore outside hitter Natalie Crosby (East Haven, CT) with 10 kills apiece. Sophomore setter Samantha Hathaway (Milford, CT) handed out 14 assists, while freshman libero Kelley Collins (Massapequa, NY) registered eight digs.




The Colonials salvaged a split, downing the hosts, 3-1 (15-25, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27) in the afternoon’s final match. Crosby and Stein once again led the way with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Stein added six blocks, while Hathaway handed out 30 assists.




St. Jacques, sophomore outside hitter Tess Heidel (Warwick, RI) and junior middle blocker Kristen Johnson (East Providence, RI) led RIC with 10 kills apiece.




Prior to the start of the match, Rhode Island College senior libero Jackie Gervais (Woonsocket, RI) and classmate right side hitter Tina Hilton (Woonsocket, RI) were honored, along with their families, as part of Senior Day 2008.






 Jackie Gervais and her family prior to the match.






 Tina Hilton and her parents prior to the match.