Senior Trio Named Captains to Lead 2013 Retriever Volleyball Squad

BALTIMORE – UMBC volleyball seniors Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison), Robbin Lee (Olney, Md./Sherwood), andMallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/St. Mary's Academy) have been selected as the team's captain for the 2013 season, head coach Ian Blanchard announced on Wednesday afternoon.

During their first three years in Baltimore, Carter, Lee, and McIntyre have helped the Retrievers earn a 21-15 record (.583) in America East play while earning a trip to the conference championships each season.

"Each one of these athletes brings a set of unique strengths and characteristics to the leadership role," said head coach Ian Blanchard.  "The main role of the captain is to provide the coaches honest and open feedback regarding the pulse of the team and its chemistry, and I don't know if I could find three more capable people."

"Hallie, Robbin, and Mal are a special trio who helped build tremendous team chemistry during the spring and I think they'll fill the leadership void very well."

Carter, a versatile all-court player from Southern California, will lead the Retrievers as a captain for the second straight season. Last year, alongside two seniors, Carter helped UMBC achieve its best record in conference play (8-4) since joining the America East in 2003.  Despite a decrease in offensive swings, Carter was a steadying influence for the Black and Gold, playing in all 115 sets and topping the 250-dig mark for the third consecutive season. This year she will look to become just the 11th Retriever in program history to top the 1,000 career dig mark, needing just 62 to do so.

"Hallie is an extremely thorough thinker who takes time with her responses," Blanchard said.  "She is considerate and will become a great coach one day."

After a breakout season in 2012 as the Retrievers' top setter, McIntyre will be called upon as a captain as a senior.  Despite missing time during non-conference play, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native finished the season with 724 assists and led the league with a 9.78 assists per set average.  For her performance she was named the America East Co-Setter of the Year while also garnering a spot on the All-Conference First Team.  

"Mal and I have shared some intense conversations in the past few years and she has always confronted the issues head on and never backed down," Blanchard said of his setter.  "There is no one for whom I have more respect and admiration than Mallory and her work ethic."

A three-year letter-winner for the Retrievers, Lee assumes a leadership role entering her senior season after a career-breaking junior campaign.  The defensive specialist from Olney, Md. played in 18 of UMBC's 30 contests in 2012, leading the squad with a 0.25 service acres per set average and setting career highs in service aces and digs.

"Robbin has the ability to connect with both the coaches and all of her teammates, but is willing to forsake friendship in the light of leadership and do what is beneficial for the team," Blanchard stated.

UMBC opens its 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30 at the GW/Nike Invitational against SEC foe Ole Miss.  The Retrievers then play tournament host George Washington on Saturday morning and finish the weekend against in-state rival Maryland.  UMBC's home opening tilt at the RAC Arena is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4 versus George Mason.