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UMBC VOLLEYBALL OPENS PLAY IN AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE WITH FIVE-SET WIN OVER BINGHAMTON
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers (12-7, 1-0) came from a set down to steal the final two sets and beat Binghamton (9-7, 0-1), 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 28-30, 32-30, 15-13), in America East volleyball action Tuesday night at UMBC RAC Arena. With the win, the Retrievers capture their first victory in the America East Conference as they extend their win streak to four-straight matches and eight out of their last 10 matches. UMBC also improves to 4-1 on the season in five-set matches.
The Retrievers opened the match strong hitting .298 in the first set as a team, but then dropped below the .200 mark in the next two games as the Bearcats clawed their way on top, 2-1, after a grueling third set. The Retrievers took the lead 26-24 in the third set before service aces by Michele Heck pulled Binghamton back on top as they took the game 30-28.
The Bearcats looked like they were about to finish off the Retrievers in the fourth set, holding a 26-21 advantage when Jocelyn Teoh (Puchong, Malaysia/Bujit Jalil Sports Academy), who tallied a match-high 28 kills, took over serving for UMBC. Teoh held the serve as the Retrievers strung together five-straight points to tie the game at 26-26. Behind the solid hitting of graduate student Jennifer Davis (Ontario Canada, Sir Allen Macnab), who hit .409 with 21 kills, the Retrievers pulled out the win to send the match to a decisive game five.
In game five the Retrievers got a head early but could not initially put Binghamton away as the game was tied at 13-13. Davis taking the serve put the pressure on the Bearcats as back-to-back attack errors by Binghamton, including a solo block by freshman Retriever Jessie Folk (S. Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) sealed the five-set win for the Retrievers with a 15-13 game five victory.
Sophomore setter Megan Gross (Mont Clair, Va./Forest Park) continued to run the Retriever offense very effectively, recording 59 assists in the match. The Bearcats were led by Heck with 24 kills, Megan Hoag with a .333 hitting percentage and 13 kills and Ashley Meffert who handed out 55 assists for Binghamton.
The Retrievers continue their three-game home stand when they host America East foe Hartford on Friday Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at RAC Arena.
UMBC def. Binghamton, 3-2
30-26, 28-30, 28-30, 32-30, 15-13