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2011-12 Volleyball News

June 12, 2012
Retriever Volleyball Announces 2012 Regular Season Schedule
BALTIMORE – After a year hiatus, the UMBC volleyball team will once again start the season against its Baltimore rivals, this time at the Battle of the Bay at Coppin State on Aug. 24, head coach Ian Blanchard announced on Tuesday.

April 18, 2012
Iman Kennedy Selected as National Finalist for Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award
FAIRFAX, Va.—UMBC volleyball standout Iman (pronounced I-min) Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) has been selected as one of ten female national finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

April 16, 2012
Volleyball Signs Second Recruit from Pennsylvania
BALTIMORE – UMBC head volleyball coach Ian Blanchard announced today that outside hitter Sherelle Walker has signed a National Letter of Intent to play her collegiate volleyball in Baltimore for the Retrievers in 2012.

March 21, 2012
UMBC Mourns the Passing of Greg Giovanazzi
The UMBC community mourns the passing of Greg Giovanazzi, who served as the Retrievers’ head volleyball coach from 2003-04.

February 16, 2012
Jenni Hirneisen Joins UMBC Volleyball Staff
BALTIMORE, MD. - UMBC volleyball coach Ian Blanchard announced that Jenni Hirneisen will join the Retriever staff as an assistant coach, effective immediately.

December 12, 2011
Volleyball Signs Setter from Pennsylvania
BALTIMORE – UMBC head volleyball coach Ian Blanchard announced today that setter Paige Miller has signed a National Letter of Intent to play her collegiate volleyball in Baltimore for the Retrievers in 2012.

December 9, 2011
Kennedy Earns Spot on America East All-Academic Squad
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. ­– UMBC volleyball senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) picked up one more honor in her career as she was named to the America East All-Academic team, the conference office announced on Friday.

November 28, 2011
Kennedy Named to COBRA Magazine All-East Region Team
BALTIMORE – UMBC volleyball senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) was named an Honorable Mention on COBRA Magazine’s All-East Region Team, the magazine announced on Saturday.

November 19, 2011
Tolliver Named to All-Championship Team
ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC volleyball freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) picked up one more award for the 2011 season, as she was named to the America East All-Championship Team, the conference announced Saturday evening.

November 18, 2011
Volleyball Falls in America East Semis to Albany, 3-0
ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC volleyball freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) had a team-high 13 kills and senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) recorded her 15th double-double of the year, but top-seeded Albany topped the Retrievers, 3-0 in the America East semifinals Friday night at University Gymnasium.

November 17, 2011
Tolliver Named America East Rookie of the Year; Schmidt Joins Her on All-Rookie Team
Cambridge, Mass. – Continuing a string of rookie honors at UMBC, freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) was named the America East Rookie of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday afternoon.

November 17, 2011
Volleyball Heads to Albany to Take on Top Seeded Great Danes in America East Semis
BALTIMORE – The UMBC volleyball team travels north to take on regular-season champion Albany on Friday evening at the University Gymnasium in the America East Semifinals.

November 14, 2011
Spaay Named Conference Setter of the Week for Second Consecutive Week
Cambridge, Mass. – Senior setter Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) was named the America East Setter of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference office announced on Monday.

November 14, 2011
Volleyball Set to Take on Top-Seed Albany on Friday in America East Semis
Cambridge, Mass. – The UMBC volleyball team earned the fourth seed and will take on top-seeded and tournament host Albany this Friday at 7 p.m. in the America East Championships Semifinal, the conference announced Monday.

November 13, 2011
Kennedy and Spaay Set Career Highs, Retrievers Survive Providence to Gain Playoff Berth
Providence, R.I. – Senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) had 21 kills and classmate Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) recorded 67 assists as each set career highs to help the UMBC volleyball team survive Providence in five sets Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall.

November 11, 2011
Volleyball Heads to Providence Looking to Book Spot in America East Championships
BALTIMORE - The UMBC volleyball team concludes the regular season this weekend in Rhode Island against Providence on Sunday at 1 p.m.

November 7, 2011
Tolliver and Spaay Sweep Weekly America East Volleyball Awards
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – UMBC volleyball freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame) has been named both the America East Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, while senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) has been named Setter of the Week for the week ending Nov. 6, the conference announced Monday afternoon.

November 6, 2011
Kennedy and Spaay Make Senior Day Memorable, Volleyball Beats Hartford 3-1
BALTIMORE – Playing in their final match at the RAC Arena, seniors Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) and Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) made the most of the day.

November 4, 2011
Volleyball Takes Down New Hampshire In Three Sets
BALTIMORE – Freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) notched a team-high 13 kills while junior Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Sinclair) and senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) both added eight more as the UMBC volleyball team defeated New Hampshire in three sets by the scores of 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 Friday night at the RAC Arena.

November 3, 2011
Volleyball Hosts New Hampshire and Hartford Over Weekend; Senior Day on Sunday
Volleyball Hosts New Hampshire, Hartford Over Weekend; Senior Day on Sunday

October 30, 2011
Volleyball Picks Up Key Road Win, Knocks Off Binghamton 3-1
VESTAL, N.Y. – Three Retrievers recorded double-digit kills, including 14 by sophomore Emily Vandegrift (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) and the UMBC volleyball team rebounded quickly from a Friday night defeat to knock off Binghamton 3-1 Sunday afternoon at West Gym.

October 29, 2011
Spaay Records 12th double-double, but UMBC Swept by Albany, 3-0
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) recorded her 12th double-double of the season registering 25 assists and picking up 12 digs, but it wasn’t enough as the UMBC volleyball team was swept on the road by Albany 3-0 at the University Gymnasium.

October 29, 2011
Spaay Records 12th double-double, but UMBC Swept by Albany, 3-0
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) recorded her 12th double-double of the season registering 25 assists and picking up 12 digs, but it wasn’t enough as the UMBC volleyball team was swept on the road by Albany 3-0 at the University Gymnasium.

October 27, 2011
UMBC Volleyball Visits America East rivals Albany and Binghamton This Weekend
The UMBC Volleyball team hits the road this weekend take on America East leader Albany on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and conference rival Binghamton Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

October 22, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Five Sets at Stony Brook, 3-2
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The UMBC volleyball team lost in five sets to America East rival Stony Brook, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.

October 14, 2011
Kennedy and Tolliver Power Retrievers Past Friars in Dig Pink Game, 3-0
BALTIMORE – Senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) notched 11 kills and freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) recorded double digit kills for the fifth straight contest, this time with 12, to lead the UMBC volleyball team past Providence 25-15, 25-15, 25-20 Friday night at the RAC Arena during the team’s Dig Pink match.

October 13, 2011
Volleyball Back at Home to Host Providence in America East Play
BALTIMORE – The UMBC volleyball team hosts Providence to conclude the first half of its America East Conference schedule Friday night at the RAC Arena beginning at 5:00 p.m.

October 11, 2011
Volleyball Standout Hallie Carter Voted UMBC Athlete of the Month for September
BALTIMORE—Sophomore outside hitter Hallie Carter of the volleyball team was named UMBC’s Athlete of the Month for September 2011 in a poll of fans conducted from Oct. 4-10.

October 9, 2011
Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision at New Hampshire
Durham, N.H.- New Hampshire’s Lauren Laquerre and Morgan Thatcher had 16 kills each as the host Wildcats (5-15, 4-0 America East) defeated UMBC (11-9, 1-4), 3-1, in an America East match at Lundholm Gymnasium.

October 7, 2011
Volleyball Falters in Five-Set Loss to Hartford
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The UMBC volleyball team (11-8, 1-3 AE) dropped its third five-set match in its last four outings, falling at America East rival Hartford (10-10, 1-2 AE), 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 8-15 Friday evening.

October 6, 2011
Volleyball Visits Conference Foes Hartford, New Hampshire This Weekend
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team (11-7, 1-2 AE) takes its first conference road trip of the season this weekend with visits to America East rivals Hartford on Friday at 6 p.m. and New Hampshire on Sunday at 1 p.m.

October 3, 2011
Dalton Tolliver Named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Wee
Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) was named America East Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week for matches ending Oct. 2, 2011.

October 2, 2011
Volleyball Drops Hearbreaker to Defending League Champion Albany, 3-2
BALTIMORE- The young UMBC volleyball squad built a 2-0 lead, but America East defending league champion Albany rallied for a 3-2 league victory at the RAC Arena.

September 30, 2011
Team Effort Leads Volleyball to 3-0 Decision Over Binghamton
Baltimore- UMBC freshman outside hitter Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich.) tied a season high with 16 kills as the Retrievers blanked Binghamton, 3-0, in an America East Conference volleyball match played at the RAC Arena.

September 29, 2011
Volleyball Prepares for Tough Conference Tests Against Binghamton, Albany This Weekend
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team (10-6, 0-1 AE) continues America East Conference play with a pair of home matches this weekend, as the Retrievers host Binghamton on Friday at 7 p.m. and Albany on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the RAC Arena.

September 23, 2011
Volleyball Drops 3-2 Heartbreaker to Stony Brook in America East Opener
BALTIMORE—In an up-and-down five-set match, the UMBC volleyball team fell to America East rival Stony Brook, 3-2 in the conference opener for both teams Friday evening at the RAC Arena.

September 22, 2011
Volleyball Hosts Stony Brook in America East Opener Friday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team opens America East Conference play against Stony on Friday at 6 p.m. in the RAC Arena.

September 17, 2011
Volleyball Falls to Penn, 3-1
PHILADELPHIA—The UMBC volleyball team (10-5) saw its three-match winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to host Penn Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West/Penn Invitational at the Palestra.

September 16, 2011
Defense Reigns as Volleyball Defeats Rhode Island, William and Mary Friday
PHILADELPHIA—The UMBC volleyball team swept a pair of matches on the opening day of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West / Penn Invitational, defeating Rhode Island, 3-1, and William and Mary, 3-0, Friday at The Palestra.

September 15, 2011
Volleyball Travels to Philadelphia This Weekend for Penn Invitational
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team travels to Philadelphia this weekend to face off against Rhode Island, William and Mary and host Pennsylvania in the Crown Plaza Philadelphia West / Penn Invitational. Live stats will be available to the game via the Quakers website, www.pennathletics.com.

September 10, 2011
Volleyball Defeats Norfolk State, Falls to Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament Saturday, defeating Norfolk State, 3-0, after falling to Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2, earlier in the day.

September 9, 2011
Volleyball Grinds Out Four-Set Win over Youngstown State in Day One of Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament
BALTIMORE—In a very tight four-set encounter, the UMBC volleyball team improved to 7-3 on the season with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17 win over Youngstown State Friday evening as part of the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament at the RAC.

September 9, 2011
Volleyball Hosts Third Annual Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament Friday and Saturday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team hosts the third annual Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament this weekend at the RAC Arena.

September 6, 2011
Volleyball Controls Navy, 3-0, Tuesday Evening
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team opened its 2011 home schedule in style, sweeping Navy, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16, in front of a raucous crowd at the RAC Tuesday evening.

September 6, 2011
Spaay, Schmidt Pick Up America East Volleyball Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) and freshman Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) have been named America East Setter and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Sept. 4, the conference announced Tuesday.

September 3, 2011
Volleyball Splits with Towson, Morgan State on Second Day of Battle of Baltimore
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team (5-3) saw its four-match win streak snapped with a 3-0 loss to Towson on Saturday, but rebounded with a 3-0 victory over host Morgan State on the second day of the Battle of Baltimore.

September 2, 2011
Volleyball Returns to UMBCRetrievers.TV for Fourth Season; Retrievers Compete in Battle of Baltimore This Weekend
BALTIMORE—UMBCRetrievers.tv is back for its fourth season of covering the UMBC volleyball team, starting with the Retrievers’ match with Navy on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., but before that the Retrievers face off against local rivals in the Battle of Baltimore this weekend on the campuses of Towson and Morgan State.

September 2, 2011
Volleyball Sweeps Coppin State, Loyola in First Day of Battle of Baltimore
TOWSON, Md.—The UMBC volleyball team won its first two matches of the Battle of Baltimore Friday, defeating both Coppin State and Loyola, 3-0, on the campus of Towson University.

August 29, 2011
Volleyball Rallies to Defeat UC Riverside, 3-1
RIVERSIDE, Calif.—The UMBC volleyball team came-from-behind Monday afternoon to defeat UC Riverside, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-17 in a back-and-forth match at the UCR Student Recreation Center. Junior Katie Kelly (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar) led the Retrievers (2-2) with a career-high nine blocks.

August 29, 2011
Schmidt Named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC volleyball freshman Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) has been named America East Rookie of the Week, for the week ending Aug. 28, the conference announced Monday.

August 27, 2011
Volleyball Defeats Prairie View A&M, Falls to No. 7 Washington in Final Day of Mizuno Invitational
LONG BEACH, Calif.---The UMBC volleyball team won its first match of the 2011 season Saturday, defeating Prairie View A&M, 25-8, 25-18, 25-18, in its final game of the Mizuno Invitational at Walter Pyramid.

August 26, 2011
Volleyball Falls to No. 22 Long Beach State, 3-0, in Season Opener
LONG BEACH, Calif.—The UMBC volleyball team opened its 2011 season Friday night, falling to No. 22 Long Beach State, 25-15, 25-12, 25-15 in the first day of the Mizuno Invitational at Walter Pyramid.

August 25, 2011
Volleyball Opens 2011 Campaign in California for Long Beach State Mizuno Classic, Battle at UC Riverside
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team opens the 2011 season out in Southern California this weekend, taking part in the Long Beach State Mizuno Classic Friday and Saturday, before travelling to UC Riverside on Monday afternoon.

August 18, 2011
Volleyball Picked to Finish Second in America East Preseason Coaches' Poll
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—A year after earning a trip to the America East Championship game, the UMBC volleyball team has been picked to return to the final in the 2011 America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference announced Thursday.

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