For the third year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball team received championship rings Monday. After defeating Plymouth State University for their third consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship, the nineteenth-ranked Beacons made it to the championship round of the 2011 NCAA Division III East Regional tournament for the second straight year.
Head Coach Terry Condon, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus, and Chancellor J. Keith Motley presented the team members, including Rookie of the Year Kirsten Morrison, a middle hitter from North Reading, Massachusetts, with their rings.
“It’s an awesome feeling and we’re expected to keep doing it and hopefully go further. I’m looking forward to my next three years,” Morrison said.
UMass Boston closed out 2011 with a final record of 28-5, 6-1 in the Little East Conference, a record Condon says she wants to improve upon next year.
“We didn’t go quite as far as we wanted to, but we had a very good year,” Condon said. “Our goal is next year to win it all. We’ve been close. Now it’s time.”
Chancellor Motley also addressed the team, saying, “You give this university so much to brag about, and we are so grateful to you for that. You can look back at your college and your university experience and say, ‘I was there to make this happen.’”
In addition to the championship win, several team members received individual honors. Junior middle blocker Shannon Thompson of Moorpark, California, was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament team, an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American (Third Team selection), an All-New England Region selection, the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Conference Tournament MVP, and AVCA Division III National Player of the Week.
Senior setter Cassy Hanneman of Denver, Colorado, received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American (Honorable Mention) honors, an All-New England Region selection, and First-Team All-Conference and All-Region honors.
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