Volleyball Completes Non-Conference Slate by Traveling to American on Wednesday Evening
Freshman Casey Griffith
BALTIMORE – The UMBC volleyball team wraps up its non-conference slate by traveling down to Washington, D.C. to take on American on Wednesday evening. The match between the Retrievers and the Eagles is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start at Bender Arena.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (9-5) won its first two matches last weekend at the Gold and Blue Players Challenge to push its winning streak to eight, the longest under head coach Ian Blanchard, before falling to host West Virginia on Sunday. Senior Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) collected a double-double in each of the three contests and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Freshman Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion), meanwhile, scooped up a team-best 53 digs on the weekend, including a career-high 26 versus Georgetown, and was named the America East Rookie of the Week.
The Retrievers currently lead the America East in both hitting percentage (.209) and opponent hitting percentage (.137), as well as assists (11.54 per set), kills (12.29 per set) and blocks (2.12 per set).
Senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary’s Academy) has kept the Retriever attack balanced this year and leads the league with a 9.83 assists per set average. The reigning conference Co-Setter of the Year is also sixth in the league in service aces, averaging 0.33 per set.
On the attack, McIntyre has found many reliable options as four Retrievers have recorded 100 or more kills this season. Goc paces the squad with 150 winners, but is followed closely by sophomore Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) who has recorded 123 kills. Junior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) and sophomore Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) have each sent down 119 put-aways.
Griffith has stepped up on the back row all year for UMBC and sits fourth in the conference with the 4.06 digs per set average. Her 211 digs lead the Retriever squad as Goc and Schmidt have also proved capable on defense, scooping up 166 digs and 134 digs, respectively.
Scouting the Eagles
After dropping its first contest of the year, a four-set loss to host UC Irvine to start the weekend, American won five-set thrillers against Fresno State, Xavier, and Cal State Fullerton to improve to 13-1 on the year. Julie Crum led the Eagles on the weekend with 3.11 kills per set, 3.53 digs per set and a .260 hitting efficiency to earn Patriot League Player of the Week honors.
For the season, American paces the Patriot League with a .276 team hitting percentage while holding opponents to a league-best .135 efficiency. The Eagles also lead the conference in kills (13.88) with Kristyna Lindovska averaging a league-high 3.51 put-aways per set.
American leads the all-time series with UMBC, 24-11, and has won eight straight meetings, though the two teams have only met once since 2006, with AU sweeping a 2010 matchup, 3-0. Sabrina Hoeks led the UMBC with ten kills and Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) picked up nine digs but it was not enough as American’s Angelina Waterman hit .543 with 20 kills and just one attack error.
Retriever Stat Pack
at Loyola (Md.)
at West Virginia
Ali Goc (2)
Ali Goc (3)
Ali Goc (4)
Mallory McIntyre (2)
Ali Goc (5)
Ali Goc (6)
at West Virginia