BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team split its opening two games of the 2010 season as the Retrievers competed in Day One of the Battle of Baltimore Friday at the RAC Arena. UMBC (1-1) defeated Coppin State (0-6), 3-0, before falling to Loyola (3-2), 3-0 in the night cap.
In the first match of the season, the Retrievers outhit the Eagles, .238 to -0.103 on their way to a 3-0 sweep, 25-16, 25-9 and 25-11. Freshman Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) made an immediate impact in her debut, earning 12 kills against one error, while junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) hit .429 with eight kills and five assisted blocks.
Junior setter Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wisc./Kenosha Tremper) earned her 700th career assist and recorded a game-high 24 assists. Freshman Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) finished with a game-high 14 digs.
"It was a good first match for us," head coach Ian Blanchard said. "Coppin's an athletic team but we played to a higher level. We passed well, distributed the ball well and pressured them with our serve."
UMBC recorded 15 aces to just one Eagle ace. Freshman Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/St. Mary's Academy) led with five, while senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Washington/AG West Black Hills) and Goc each had four.
In the second match, the Retrievers pressured the Greyhounds in every set, but fell 25-20, 27-25 and 25-23. Loyola outkilled UMBC, 41-34 and outhit the Retrievers .202 to .139.
Kennedy had nine kills, while freshman Emily Vandegrift (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) hit .385 with six kills with just one error. Carter had a game-high 16 digs, while Spaay added 29 assists.
"We had our chances, especially in the second and third sets, but made some crucial mistakes," Blanchard said. "We need to play with more composure and not miss serves and attacks after (the game gets to) 22 points."
The Retrievers conclude the Battle of Baltimore Saturday at Morgan State, when they play Towson at 11 a.m. and the host Bears at 7 p.m.