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VOLLEYBALL NEWS AND NOTES: Season Wrap
Freshman Sarah Ball was a seven-time Rookie of the Week award winner in 2005.
UMBC Finishes At 11-18, 4-8 in the America East, In Blanchardís First Season
Head Coach Ian Blanchardís first season came with a number of ups and downs, culminating in an 11-18 record while finishing 4-8 in league play and just missing the conference tournament for a third straight season. For starters, Blanchardís squad lost its top returning hitter in Emily Berman for the season after having shoulder surgery. The loss of Berman opened the door, however, for freshman Sarah Ball to emerge as the outside hitter. Ball won seven rookie of the week awards and finished in the top-three in kills per game and points per game in the conference standings. Along with Ball, Blanchard saw the development of fellow freshman Ashley Hargrove, who ranked among the league leaders in hitting percentage, blocks and aces on the season.
As a team, the Retrievers looked poised for their first conference berth after starting 3-3 in league play and hosting two schools in the second half that they had beat on the road in the first half of conference play. UMBC, however, went on a six match slide, including losses to Stony Brook and
Christine Skala Exits With All-Time Digs Mark
UMBC senior Christine Skala went into the final match of the season needing 12 digs to tie and 13 digs to break the Retrieversí all-time digs mark of 1,475 set by Tracey Cullins, who played her final year in 1991. With 19 digs against
Megan Gross Adds To Career Assists, Joins 1,000 Digs Club in Final Season
Senior Megan Gross added to her career assists total, as the No.2 ranked Retriever in the all-time assists chart finished her career in the black and gold with 3,647 career assists. Earlier in the season, Gross tallied 21 digs at New Hampshire for her fourth double-double in a row and recorded eight digs against Albany as the Retriever setter surpassed 1,000 career digs, becoming the eighth Retriever all-time to accomplish that mark and the second in two years, joining current teammate and fellow senior Christine Skala. Gross joins former Retriever Lanae Baker as the only two with at least 3,000 assists and 1,000 career digs in Retriever history. Gross finished with a final digs total of 1,073.
Sarah Ball Earns
UMBC freshman Sarah Ball earned seven America East Conference Rookie of the Week awards this past season, the most by a volleyball rookie in conference history. Ball started the season with back-to-back rookie of the week awards before missing a week where she didnít play do to illness. Ball the following week earned co-rookie of the week awards that started a span of five consecutive weeks with the weekly honor.
Aug. 29-Sep. 5 Sarah Ball
Sep. 6-11 Sarah Ball
Sep. 12-18 Lindsay Allman (
Sep. 19-25 Sarah Ball/Brianna Strong (
Sept. 26-Oct. 2 Sarah Ball
Oct. 3-9 Sarah Ball
Oct. 10-16 Sarah Ball
Oct. 17-23 Sarah Ball
Oct. 24-30 Brianna Strong (
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Amy Lawson (
Nov. 7-Nov. 13 Brianna Strong (
Freshmen Ball and Hargrove Among Team Leaders
UMBC freshmen Sarah Ball and Ashley Hargrove led UMBC in four of the seven major categories on the season. Ball led UMBC with a 3.81 kills per game average and a 4.45 points per game average, both which ranked third in the America East Conference charts. Hargrove led UMBC in hitting percentage at .275 (min. of 200 attacks) and service aces, averaging 0.44 per game. Hargrove also ranked second in blocks at 0.90, just behind Amanda Willey, who averaged 1.00 bpg. Christine Skala led the Retrievers in digs at 4.05 and Stacey Carroll in assists at 9.40 per game.
Jennifer Wylie Primed For Future At Libero
UMBC junior Jennifer Wylie had a solid season as a defensive specialist and with some of the best ball control on the team, looks primed to fill the void of libero left by graduating senior Christine Skala. With UMBC looking for an offensive bunch in the latter stages of the season, the Retrievers moved Skala to an outside hitter for three matches while Wylie took over at libero. In those three matches, Wylie tallied UMBCís best single-match for digs with 27 against Maine while notching 25 against Stony Brook and nine at home against Albany. Wylie averaged 5.45 dpg over that three-match span.
Jessie Folk Emerges In Retriever Line-Up
Junior Jessie Folk emerged in the Retriever line-up, excelling over the final four matches of the season averaging 2.47 kpg and a .245 hitting percentage. Folk hit double-digits in three of the four matches, including 11 kills and a .417 hitting percentage against
Sarah Ball tallied her team-high 12th double-double on the year in the final week while Jessie Folk notched her second of the year. The following is a list of UMBCís double-doubles this year.
Name Total 1 Total 2 Opponent
Sarah Ball 12 Kills 16 Digs vs.
Jessie Folk 13 Kills 12 Digs vs.
Megan Gross 42 Assists 10 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 12 Kills 17 Digs vs. Stony Brook (11-6-05)
Megan Gross 47 Assists 10 Digs vs. Stony Brook (11-6-05)
Megan Gross 22 Assists 14 Digs vs.
Megan Gross 33 Assists 12 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 11 Kills 15 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 17 Kills 14 Digs vs.
Megan Gross 45 Assists 21 Digs vs.
Megan Gross 30 Assists 10 Digs vs. Loyola (
Megan Gross 42 Assists 10 Digs vs. Stony Brook (10-9-05)
Megan Gross 47 Assists 14 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 17 Kills 14 Digs vs.
Megan Gross 23 Assists 16 Digs vs. Coppin State (9-20-05)
Stacey Carroll 55 Assists 12 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 23 Kills 10 Digs vs.
Stacey Carroll 39 Assists 18 Digs vs.
Sarah Ball 21 Kills 14 Digs vs.
Stacey Carroll 50 Assists 12 Digs vs.
Stacey Carroll 35 Assists 10 Digs vs. TCU (9-3-05)
Sarah Ball 17 Kills 11 Digs vs. TCU (9-3-05)
Stacey Carroll 59 Assists 11 Digs vs. Cal Poly (9-2-05)
Sarah Ball 24 Kills 14 Digs vs. Cal Polyl (9-2-05)
Stacey Carroll 55 Assists 10 Digs vs. Loyola (
Sarah Ball 19 Kills 17 Digs vs. Loyola (
Sarah Ball 14 Kills 11 Digs vs. Villanova (8-27-05)
Megan Gross 44 Assists 15 Digs vs. Northeastern (8-27-05)
Jessie Folk 15 Kills 13 Digs vs. Northeastern (8-27-05)
Sarah Ball 11 Kills 16 Digs vs. Northeastern (8-27-05)
A number of Retrievers rank among the America East Conference chart leaders. The following is how the Retrievers fair heading into the upcoming week.
8. Ashley Hargrove .275
Kills (per game)
3. Sarah Ball 3.81
Assists (per game)
6. Stacey Carroll 9.40
7. Megan Gross 8.13
Service Aces (per game)
5. Ashley Hargrove 0.44
8. Stacey Carroll 0.41
Blocks (per game)
2. Amanda Willey 1.00
5. Ashley Hargrove 0.90
7. Katrina Carrick 0.88
Digs (per game)
4. Christine Skala 4.05
Points (per game)
3. Sarah Ball 4.45
Angela Anderson Named To Embassy Suites All-Tournament Team
Redshirt freshman Angela Anderson was named to the
Ball Named to George Mason All-Tournament Team (9-4-05)
UMBC freshman Sarah Ball earned America East Rookie of the Week honors and was named to the George Mason Invitational All-Tournament team on Sept. 3. Ball recorded 4.62 kpg and 3.23 digs per game (dpg) in the three matches at the invitational. Ball recorded three double-doubles in the tournament to increase her streak to five matches with a double-double.
Carroll Emerges With Big Weekend At George Mason Invitational
Retriever sophomore Stacey Carroll has recorded a stellar weekend at the George Mason Invitational, recording 11.46 assists per game and 149 total assists in three matches. Carroll recorded 59 assists Cal Poly to set the tournament mark for most assists in a single match. Carroll also tied the mark for most service aces with five against Loyola (
RETRIEVER RECORD BOOK
Click on the following link to see how the Retrievers from the 2005 season stack up against UMBCís all-time best. UMBC Volleyball All-Time Records