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UMBC Volleyball Picked as Favorite in Preseason Poll
2006 Rookie of the Year Ashley Oscars and the Retrievers are the preseason favorite to win the 2007 America East Championship.
The Retrievers bumped
The top four teams in the league will advance to the America East Championship with the winner of the tournament receiving the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2006 championship saw a battle between the No. 3 seeded Retrievers and No. 1 Great Danes, with the Great Danes pulling out a nail-biting, 3-2, come from behind victory to take their third consecutive America East crown.
In his third year, head coach Ian Blanchard piloted the Retrievers to their first-ever tournament appearance since joining the America East Conference in 2003 and compiled a 16-15 overall record and 7-5 conference record.
The Retrievers will look for their first America East crown in 2007 as they return 2006 Rookie of the Year, All-Conference First-Team, and All-Rookie selection Ashley Oscars, All-Conference Second-Team and All-Rookie selection Kira Giles, 11 letterwinners, and five newcomers, including
The Retrievers will open the 2007 campaign on Aug. 31 when they face Loyola at 12 p.m. as part of the La Salle Tournament in