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UMass Boston too strong for PSU Women’s Volleyball

Panthers fall to top team in New England

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) and freshman Corinne Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) combined for 24 kills Tuesday evening as the University of Massachusetts Boston defeated Plymouth State University in straight sets in a Little East Conference women’s volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.

            The Panthers kept the match close but could not take a set from the Beacons, the defending conference champions who are ranked No. 1 in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association’s weekly poll. UMB won by set scores of 28-26, 25-20 and 25-23, posting its fifth straight win and improving to 23-2 overall and 6-0 in LEC matches.  PSU, which lost to UMB in last season’s LEC championship match, dropped to 16-12 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

            Thompson recorded 13 kills for the Beacons while Porter added 10 and junior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) chipped in with nine. Thompson also contributed a team-high 12 digs, while sophomore libero Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished with 10 digs.  Junior Casey Hanneman (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Frana Burtness-Adams (Fairbanks, Alaska) shared setting duties, finishing with 19 and 12 assists, respectively.

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