Freeman Earns Third Consecutive America East Rookie of the Week Award; Negron and Watson Also Honored

Freeman Earns Third Consecutive America East Rookie of the Week Award; Negron and Watson Also Honored

Boston, Mass.-- For the third consescutive week, freshman outside hitter Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn./St.Mary's) was named America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday morning. Juniors Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) and Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) also earned Setter and Defensive Specialist of the Week, respectively. It was the second such honor of the season for both Negron and Watson.

Freeman extended her streak of matches with double-digit kills to six, and now has a double-double in four of her last five matches. She led team in kills against Howard (10) and had 12 kills and 11 digs in a sweep at Hartford on Friday. For the week, Freeman ranked third among league leaders with 3.7 kills per set in the 2-0 week for the Retrievers.

Negron averaged a conference-best 12.8 assists per set, and paced UMBC to a league-best .284 hitting percentage on the week. She had 41 assists in just three sets in the sweep at Hartford. This is Negron's second career weekly honor.

Watson contributed a league-best 6.7 digs per set and helped the Retrievers hold foes to a league-best .121 hitting percentage. This is the reigning #AEVB Defensive Specialist of the Year's seventh weekly honor of her career (all in the last two seasons).

The Retrievers are in the midst of a nine-day break, they return to action on Sunday at America East rival Stony Brook. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. and fans can watch the live stream for free at AmericaEast.TV. Fans can also follow the game via live stats or by following @UMBCVolleyball on Twitter.