CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth time this season and sixth time in her career, senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy) has been named the America East Setter of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
McIntyre handed out 76 assists over the weekend, for a 12.67 assists per set average, as UMBC locked up a spot in its six-straight America East Championships. The 2012 conference Co-Setter of the Year started her weekend by dishing out 38 assists and leading the Retrievers to a .360 hitting percentage in a three-set sweep of Providence. Then on Sunday, McIntyre sent out another 38 assists in the loss at Hartford.
For the season, McIntyre leads the America East with a 10.28 assists per set average with the Retrievers second in the league in hitting percentage (.203). The veteran has recorded nine double-doubles this season, second on the team behind classmate Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin).
With the win over Providence on Friday night, the UMBC volleyball team booked a trip to its sixth consecutive America East Championships, and the No. 2 seed, and will face No. 3 Albany in the tournament semifinals at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. For the first time in that six-year stretch, however, the Retrievers will not have to travel to the New York state capital, but rather to New Hampshire and Lundholm Gymnasium, home of the regular season champion Wildcats.
UMBC (18-11, 9-5 AE) swept the Friars to earn its ninth conference win of the season, the most for the Retrievers in their 11-year stay in the America East. The Retrievers take on the Great Danes (9-18, 9-5 AE) who had their five-year string of regular season championships snapped. Despite identical conference records, UMBC will serve as the home team and No. 2 seed in the tournament due to its sweep of Albany during the regular season.
League champion New Hampshire (18-12, 11-2 AE) will host the weekend festivities and face off against the No. 4 seed Stony Brook Seawolves (16-16, 9-5 AE) in the semifinal nightcap at 7:00 p.m.
The America East Championship match will pit the winners of the two semifinal matches against each other and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4:00 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.