2014-15 Volleyball News
June 15, 2015
Liu Completes Summer with US Women’s National Team
UMBC volleyball assistant coach Jeffrey Liu recently completed his second summer tour with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in Anaheim, Calif. from May 19th - June 13th. I recently got to sit down with Jeff to discuss the trip and how much he valued the experience.
April 28, 2015
UMBC Volleyball Adds Carola De Jesus to 2015 Class
UMBC volleyball head coach Ian Blanchard announced the addition of Carola De Jesus (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina) to the incoming 2015 recruiting class.
April 8, 2015
Panzau Selected to Coach U.S. Collegiate National Team This Summer
UMBC volleyball assistant coach Katelyn Panzau was selected to be the assistant coach of the U.S. Collegiate National Team this summer in China.
February 13, 2015
The Travels of Jeffrey Liu: The Story on His Trip to the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Clinic
UMBC volleyball assistant coach Jeffrey Liu recently got the chance to go to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to attend the USA Volleyball Coaches High Performance Clinic. The clinic was held Feb. 5-8 at the training center in the Centennial State. I recently got to sit down with Jeff to discuss the trip and how much he valued the experience.
February 11, 2015
Coach Blanchard Announces Another Incoming Member for 2015
UMBC head volleyball coach Ian Blanchard announced that Sammie Coffler (Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) will join his 2015 recruiting class for the incoming fall season. Sammie has a long pedigree of success on and off the court, having played her club ball with Mizuno Northern Lights.
February 2, 2015
UMBC Volleyball Announces Summer Camps for 2015
The UMBC volleyball team announced a pair of summer camps for the summer of 2015, head coach Ian Blanchard announced on Monday.
January 23, 2015
The Travels of Ian Blanchard: The Story on His Trip to Morocco
Head volleyball coach Ian Blanchard just recently got back from the trip of a lifetime. He had the opportunity to go to Morocco, and run a class on the basics of coaching high level volleyball. I got the chance to sit down with Coach Blanchard as he described his week long journey.
November 25, 2014
Morgen, Schneider, and Negron Commit to the Retrievers for 2015
UMBC volleyball Head Coach Ian Blanchard announced the signing of three players for the incoming class of 2015. Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc.), Maddie Schneider (Olathe, Kan.), and Krytsia Negron (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) will join the Retrievers in the fall.
November 20, 2014
Trio of Retrievers Earn #AEVB All-Conference Honors
Three UMBC volleyball players earned America East All-Conference honors, as announce Thursday by the league office. Junior Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquhannock), and freshmen Paola Rojas (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) and Marissa Duncan (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) earned the honors.
November 16, 2014
Retrievers Fall on Senior Day, 3-0, to Albany
The UMBC women’s volleyball team fell, 3-0 at the hands of Albany on Sunday. Sophomore Zoya Trendafilova (Sofia, Bulgaria/Elisaveta Bagryana) led the way with ten kills. UMBC ends their season at 10-15, 4-8 AE.
November 14, 2014
Schmidt Lays Down 17 Kills, As Retrievers Lose, 3-1, to Binghamton on Friday
The UMBC women’s volleyball team fell, 3-1 on Friday at the RAC. Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) led all scorers with 17 kills. UMBC falls to 10-14, 4-7 AE on the year.
November 12, 2014
UMBC Closes Out #AEVB Regular Season Against Binghamton and Albany
Three seniors will be honored prior to the Albany on Sunday, as the Retrievers look to gain a spot in the America East Championships.
November 2, 2014
Retrievers Fall, 3-1, to Hartford in #AEVB Action on Sunday
UMBC fell, 3-1, to Hartford on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. The Retrievers were led by junior Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) with 13 kills. UMBC falls to 10-13, 4-6 AE after the loss.
October 31, 2014
Duncan Records Career High Five Kills; UMBC Falls to Stony Brook, 3-0
The UMBC volleyball team fell 3-0 to Stony Brook on Friday night. Freshman Marissa Duncan (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) had a career high five kills in the match. UMBC falls to 10-12, 4-5 AE with the loss.
October 30, 2014
UMBC Returns to the RAC for Weekend #AEVB Doubleheader
UMBC returns to the friendly confines of the RAC Arena for another weekend of America East volleyball. The Retrievers will host Stony Brook on Friday and Hartford on Sunday. UMBC sits at 10-11, 4-4 AE on the year, and looking to get into a playoff spot with just four matches remaining.
October 26, 2014
Coach Blanchard Picks Up Career Win 150; Retrievers Down UMass Lowell 3-0
The UMBC volleyball team took home a 3-0 victory on Sunday. Head coach Ian Blanchard picked up his 150th win of his career with the win on Sunday. UMBC moves to 10-11, 4-4 AE on the year.
October 24, 2014
Retrievers Fall to New Hampshire, 3-0, in #AEVB Action on Friday
The UMBC volleyball team fell 3-0 at New Hampshire on Friday. The Retrievers were led by junior Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech), who had 11 kills in the match. The loss drops the Retrievers to 9-11, 3-4 AE on the year.
October 23, 2014
Volleyball Travels to New Hampshire and UMass Lowell This Weekend in #AEVB Action
The Retrievers will head on their final road trip of the regular season, when they head to New Hampshire and UMass Lowell this weekend. UMBC sits at 9-10, 3-3 AE and are looking to make a push for one of the four spots in the America East Championships this weekend.
October 19, 2014
Schmidt Records Career Kill Number 1,000; UMBC Falls to Binghamton, 3-0
The UMBC volleyball team fell, 3-0, against Binghamton on Sunday. In the match, senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) recorded her 1,000th kill of her career. She is the eight player in program history to achieve the feat. UMBC falls to 9-10, 3-3 AE on the year.
October 17, 2014
Mlemchukwu, Miller and Griffith Have Career Day in 3-2 Win at Albany
Junior Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) laid down a career high 31 kills in a 3-2 win against Albany on Friday night. The Retrievers (9-9, 3-2 AE) fought back from down 2-1 to win the match in the final two sets.
October 16, 2014
UMBC Hits the Empire State for a Pair of #AEVB Road Matches
UMBC volleyball heads north this weekend to New York for a pair of matches against Albany and Binghamton. The Retrievers will face off with the Great Danes (6-11, 4-1 AE) on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and the Bearcats (5-15, 3-2 AE) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
October 12, 2014
Schmidt Moves Into 8th in Career Kills; UMBC Falls to New Hampshire, 3-0
The UMBC volleyball team fell, 3-0, to New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon at the RAC. Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) moved into eight place all-time in career kills (988) after her eight kill performance. UMBC falls to 8-9, 2-2 AE on the year.
October 10, 2014
Retrievers Down River Hawks, 3-1, on Friday
The UMBC volleyball squad defeated UMass Lowell, 3-1, on Friday at the RAC. Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) led the charge with 12 kills for the Retrievers (8-8, 2-1 AE).
October 8, 2014
Volleyball Returns Home for Weekend #AEVB Double Header
The UMBC women’s volleyball squad (7-8, 1-1 AE) returns to the RAC this weekend for a pair of America East contests. The Retrievers will play host to UMass Lowell (2-18, 0-3 AE) on Friday, before hosting New Hampshire (9-11, 2-1 AE) on Sunday.
October 6, 2014
Rojas Earns Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Paola Rojas (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) earned Rookie of the Week honors from the America East on Monday. Rojas has a breakout weekend, leading the team in kills against Stony Brook for the Retrievers (7-8, 1-1 AE).
October 5, 2014
Retrievers Clip the Hawks, 3-2, in America East Action
The UMBC volleyball team picked up their first America East victory with a thrilling 3-2 win at Hartford on Sunday. The Retrievers got a huge game from Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales), who has 19 kills in the contest, moving her into ninth place in career kills (968). UMBC moves to 7-8, 1-1 AE on the year.
October 3, 2014
Rojas Has Career Day as UMBC Falls, 3-1, in America East Opener at Stony Brook
The UMBC volleyball squad dropped their conference opener to the Seawolves, 3-1, on Friday night. Freshman Paola Rojas (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) led the team with a career high 13 kills. The Retrievers fall to 6-8, 0-1 AE on the year.
October 2, 2014
UMBC Opens Conference Play at Stony Brook and Hartford This Weekend
The UMBC women’s volleyball team heads north to open America East play at Stony Brook and Hartford. The Retrievers are coming off of a big 3-1 win at Howard last Friday, improving their record to 6-7.
September 26, 2014
Retrievers Take Down Howard, 3-1, on Friday
The UMBC volleyball team picked up a huge 3-1 win over Howard on Friday. The Retrievers end their non-conference portion of the schedule at 6-7.
September 25, 2014
Schmidt and the Retrievers Travel to Our Nation’s Capital to Take on Howard on Friday
The UMBC volleyball team will head down to Washington, D.C. to take on the Bison on Friday night. The Retrievers are coming off a 1-2 weekend in the desert at the Wildcat Classic. UMBC is 5-7 on the season, coming into the final non-conference game of the year.
September 20, 2014
UMBC Falls, 3-0, Against #20 Arizona on Final Day of Wildcat Classic
The Retriever volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback against #20 Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats got out of the gates early, taking the first two sets by a score of 25-11. UMBC finishes the Wildcat Classic 1-2, and drop to 5-7 on the year.
September 19, 2014
UMBC Downs Tulane, Falls to Coppin State on Opening Day of Wildcat Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.—The UMBC volleyball team kicked off their road swing with a win against Tulane (3-2), and a loss against Coppin State (2-3). UMBC moves to 5-6 on the year.
September 17, 2014
Volleyball Heads to Arizona for the Wildcat Classic This Weekend
The UMBC volleyball team will head to Tucson to take part in the Wildcat Classic, hosted by the University of Arizona. The Retrievers will take on Tulane and Coppin State on Friday, September 19, before facing #20 Arizona on Saturday. All games will be live streamed online.
September 13, 2014
Schmidt’s Ten Kills Paces UMBC in 3-0 Loss Against Coppin State
The UMBC volleyball team (4-5) dropped their fifth match in a row, losing 3-0 to Coppin State on the final day of the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament. Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) paced the Retrievers with ten kills.
September 12, 2014
UMBC Volleyball Falls, 3-0, to Eastern Michigan on Day One of Maddie Bingaman Tournament
The UMBC volleyball team fell, 3-0 (16-25, 22-25, 16-25), on Friday at the RAC. Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) led the Retrievers with nine kills, adding three total blocks. UMBC returns to action tomorrow, September 13 against Coppin State.
September 11, 2014
UMBC Volleyball Hosts Sixth Annual Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament This Weekend
The UMBC volleyball team will welcome Eastern Michigan University and Coppin State University to the RAC for the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament. The sixth edition of the annual event will pit the Retrievers against EMU on Friday, and Coppin State on Saturday with EMU and Coppin State facing off Saturday.
September 6, 2014
UMBC Closes Out BYU Invitational on Saturday with Losses to #10 BYU and #5 Washington
The UMBC volleyball team fell in both of their matches on Saturday. The Retrievers lost to #10 BYU in the morning 3-0, before faltering to #5 Washington in the nightcap by the same result. UMBC falls to 4-3 on the year after the losses.
September 5, 2014
Retrievers Fall, 3-0, to Utah Valley University on Day One of BYU Invitational
The UMBC volleyball team dropped their first match of the season, 3-0, at the hands of Utah Valley University on Friday night. Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) paced the Retrievers with seven kills. UMBC falls to 4-1 on the year.
September 3, 2014
Volleyball Travels to Utah to Take Part in the BYU Invitational This Weekend
UMBC volleyball will face Utah Valley, #5 Washington, and #10 BYU in the two day event. The Retrievers look to continue their fast start, following their win at the UMES Hawks Hullabaloo Tournament last weekend. The 4-0 start is the first for UMBC since 2007.
September 2, 2014
Volleyball Grabs Two of Three Weekly Awards From the Conference
UMBC volleyball wrapped up its impressive opening weekend by receiving two conference accolades.
August 30, 2014
Volleyball Sweeps Saturday to Win Hawks Hullabaloo Holiday Tournament
The UMBC volleyball team swept two matches for the second straight day and won the Hawks Hullabaloo Holiday Tournament on Saturday at UMES. In addition, the two wins moved the Retrievers to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2007.
August 29, 2014
Volleyball Opens 2014 With Two Straight-Set Victories
UMBC started its 2014 season with a pair of victories on Friday, beating South Dakota State and Fairleigh Dickinson in the Hawks Hullabaloo Holiday Tournament at UMES.
August 28, 2014
Volleyball Opens 2014 Slate at the Hawks Holiday Hullabaloo Tournament
The UMBC volleyball team jumpstarts its 2014 season on Friday, Aug. 29 when it travels to UMES for the first day of the Hawks Holiday Hullabaloo Tournament.
August 22, 2014
Blanchard Names Schmidt and Miller 2014 Volleyball Captains
UMBC Volleyball Head Coach Ian Blanchard has named senior outside hitter Hannah Schmidt and junior setter Paige Miller team captains for the 2014 season.
August 20, 2014
Volleyball Tagged as America East Preseason Favorite
For the first time since 2007, the UMBC volleyball team has been picked as the America East preseason favorite in the league’s annual preseason poll, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Voting was conducted by the league’s seven coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.
August 18, 2014
Blanchard Adds Liu to UMBC Volleyball Coaching Staff
Jeffrey Liu has been added to the UMBC volleyball coaching staff, coming on as an assistant coach, as announced by head coach Ian Blanchard on Monday.
July 24, 2014
UMBC Volleyball Reveals Ambitious 2014 Schedule
BALTIMORE – After reaching the championship match of the America East tournament last season, the UMBC volleyball team will make two trips west this season, and face three NCAA Tournament participants from 2013, in addition to the always rigorous conference slate, as a apart of an ambitious 2014 regular season schedule, Retriever head coach Ian Blanchard announced on Thursday afternoon.
July 7, 2014
UMBC Volleyball Adds Paola Rojas for 2014 Season
BALTIMORE – Versatile middle hitter Paola Rojas has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and has committed to play at UMBC for the 2014 season, head coach Ian Blanchard announced on Monday afternoon.