BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team opened up its 2010 America East season with a 3-0 loss to Albany Friday night at the RAC. The Great Danes (10-5, 1-0 America East) led throughout the match, defeating the Retrievers (4-11, 0-1), 25-19, 25-18 and 25-18.
Senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper), who had not played since the Towson match on Sept. 4, led the Retrievers with a double-double, recording 23 assists and 10 digs.
Sophomore Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Sinclair) paced the Retrievers with six kills. Freshman Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) led the team with 11 digs, while fellow freshman Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) had four blocks.
Albany outhit UMBC, .262 to .087 and had 55 digs to the Retrievers 47. The Great Danes were led by Casey Wright, who hit .389 with nine kills.
The Retrievers return to action Sunday when they play host to America East rival Binghamton 2 p.m. at the RAC.