Goc Selected as America East Player of the Week; Volleyball Starts Four-Match Homestand Tuesday Against Towson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior hitter Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) has been named the America East Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon. 

This marks the second straight week that the Retrievers have earned a conference honor after senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy) was selected as the Setter of the Week last Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Goc's honor, her first weekly award since earning Rookie of the Week accolades twice in 2010, comes after recording three double-doubles last week as UMBC went 2-2, earning wins against Loyola (Md.) and LaSalle at the Radisson Cross Keys Greyhound Challenge. 

For the week, the senior hitter notched a team-high 49 kills, including a career-best 18 during the Retrievers' five-set victory over the Greyhounds.  In the final contest of the weekend, Goc registered 12 kills on .579 hitting as the Retrievers finished off the Explorers in three sets.  The senior hitter was rewarded with a spot on the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the matches.

Transitioning back to a hitting position after two seasons as UMBC's libero, Goc has notched a team-best 75 kills this season and ranks third in the America East with a 2.78 kills per set average.  On defense, she has scooped up 83 digs, trailing only libero Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion), and has moved into ninth all-time in UMBC history with 1,111 career digs.

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On the heels of back-to-back wins at the Radisson Cross Keys Greyhound Challenge at Loyola, the UMBC volleyball team returns campus to host a season-high four straight home contests, starting with a local rivalry game versus Towson on Tuesday evening.  The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena.

Scouting the Retrievers                                                                                                                                                               

Following a tough home-opening four-set loss to George Mason last Wednesday, UMBC (3-4) dropped its weekend opener, but then earned two victories at the cross-town tournament, defeating host Loyola (Md.) in five sets and then sweeping LaSalle. 

Senior Ali Goc paced the Retrievers with a career-high 18 kills against the Greyhounds and then added 12 more on .579 hitting during the sweep of the Explorers.  Over the weekend, she scooped up 44 digs and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Freshman libero Casey Griffith joined Goc on the All-Tournament squad after recording a career-high 25 digs against both Delaware and Loyola (Md.), and finishing the weekend with 15 versus LaSalle.

For the season, Goc leads the Retriever offense with 75 kills and ranks third in the America East with a 2.78 kills per set average.  She has continued to play great defense as well, recording double-doubles in each of the three weekend matches.

Reigning league Co-Setter of the Year Mallory McIntyre continues to guide the offense and is averaging 9.11 assists per set, good for third in the conference.  McIntyre has helped keep UMBC balanced on the attack as five different Retrievers have registered 25+ kills, led by Goc with 75 and sophomore Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) with 71. 

Scouting the Tigers

After surviving a five-set match with Binghamton to start the weekend, Towson (3-5) lost its next two matches to Appalachian State and N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C.  Victoria Williams and Saitaua Iosia each tallied 15 winners in the victory over the Bearcats with Iosia picking up a double-double with 12 digs.  Paige Sekerak led the Tiger backline with 17 digs. 

Iosia has recorded a team-best 85 kills this season with Williams just behind with 71 put-aways.  Sophomore setter Kelsey Polak has handed out 208 assists this season and six different Tigers have put down at least 25 kills.

Inside the Series

Towson swept UMBC in the 2012 season-opener at the Battle at the Bay Tournament to take a 38-32-1 advantage in the series.  The win was the Tigers' fourth straight in the series after UMBC won three consecutive contests from 2007-2009.  The beltway rivals first met in 1973 with Towson sweeping the two-set match, and have met every year since, except for 2004.

Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) led the way for both the Retriever attack and defense in the contest last season, recording ten kills and 11 digs, but Towson outlasted UMBC in the first set, 27-25, and then took the next two for the sweep.  Dayane Van Ass sent down 14 kills and Katy Buck added 11 for the Tigers.

Retriever Stat Pack

Season Highs:

Stat

Player

No.

Opponent

Kills

Ali Goc

18

at Loyola (Md.)

Assists

Mallory McIntyre

43

at Loyola (Md.)

Digs

Casey Griffith

25

25

vs. Delaware

at Loyola (Md.)

Blocks

Kristin Cooper

8 (0-8)

vs. Delaware

Aces

5 Players Tied

2

Multiple

 

Double-Doubles:

Player

Opponent

Stat 1

Stat 2

Mallory McIntyre

George Mason

38 assists

11 digs

Hannah Schmidt

George Mason

17 kills

14 digs

Ali Goc

Delaware

13 kills

18 digs

Ali Goc (2)

Loyola (Md.)

18 kills

13 digs

Ali Goc (3)

LaSalle

12 kills

13 digs