Volleyball Rallies to Defeat Providence in Four Sets Behind Walker’s 17 Kills
Sherelle Walker had 17 kills for UMBC
BALTIMORE – UMBC freshman Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) led a trio of Retrievers in double figures with a match-high 17 kills as the UMBC volleyball team rallied from down a set to defeat Providence, 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-13, 25-10), Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
For Walker it was her second consecutive contest in double figures as she recorded 22 winners in Friday’s five-set loss to New Hampshire. Sophomore Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) and redshirt freshman Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) also registered double-digit kills, each finishing with 11 put-aways.
Setter Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary’s Academy) notched her second straight and third overall double-double of the season as the junior dished out 45 assists and scooped a season-high 15 digs. She was one of four Retrievers with double digit kills as senior Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair) posted a match-high 18.
Despite the final numbers, it was Providence (1-19, 0-3 AE) who took the initiative in the opening set, jumping out to a 12-7 lead. UMBC (8-12, 1-2 AE) then put a rally together and climbed back to within one on multiple occasions, and finally tied the set at 24-24 on a service ace by senior Katie Kelly (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar). After taking a timeout, the visitors regrouped and won the next two points to win the first set 26-24.
The second set was a much more of a back-and forth affair as the two squads traded the lead six times and were tied on 12 occasions. Neither team could pull away and Providence was only able to take a three-point lead, 21-18, but UMBC fought back right away and won the final four points to level the match at one set apiece with a 25-23 set win.
The Retrievers used the momentum early on in the third as the hosts claimed a 6-2 lead on a kill by Schmidt. Providence made a game of it, however, trimming the lead to just one, 6-5, but could not get any closer in the set. UMBC used streaks of six straight and nine straight points to see out the frame and claimed the match advantage by winning the set 25-13.
The fourth set was a similar story as UMBC jumped out early, but this time Providence could not come back. Walker recorded seven of her kills in the final set as the Retrievers pulled away, winning the last seven points to win the clincher 25-10.
UMBC has the mid-week off from competition before hitting the road next weekend. The Retrievers take on Hartford on Friday, Oct. 5 before facing off against Albany on Sunday at 2 p.m.
- UMBC now leads the all-time series with Providence 8-2 and has not lost to the Friars in America East play.
- Providence’s only two wins in the series came back in 1989 on back-to-back days at the Delaware Tournament.