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Four Retrievers Record Double-Digit Kills in 3-1 Win Over Providence
Junior Angela Anderson recorded a double-double in the 3-1 win over Providence on Friday.
HAMDEN, Conn.--The UMBC volleyball team dropped the first set and won the next three to down Providence, 3-1, in the first match of the Quinnipiac Bobcat Invitational on Friday at Burt Kahn Court.
The Retrievers (5-1) forced the first game past 30 points, but came out on the wrong side of a 34-32 decision, but then held the Friars (3-3) under 25 points for the next three sets, with 30-18, 30-22, and 30-24 outcomes.
Junior outside hitter Angela Anderson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery) and sophomore setter Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) each recorded a double-double in the contest, while sophomore Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) and freshmen Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) and Bianca Sande (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines) recorded double-digit kills, and sophomore Pam Jarrett (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Pius X) recorded double-digit digs.
Anderson totaled 11 kills and 12 digs, while Giles added an additional 12 digs and 53 assists in the four-set win.
Oscars tallied a season-high 17 kills, while Scheetz added 16, and Sande an additional 13 to account for 46 of the Retrievers 70 total kills. Jarrett contributed 10 digs in teh contest.
The Friars opened up Game 1 with a 4-0 advantage on the Retrievers, but the Retrievers steadily chipped away the lead until they knotted the score at 22 points apiece thanks to a Providence attack error. The game saw one more tie by the Retrievers before the Friars saw their first set point with a 29-25 lead. Oscars sparked a Retriever rally with a kill and sophomore Sarah Fillmore (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) served for four consecutive points to bring the Retrievers within one point of the Friars before Providence tied the score at 30 each.
The Retrievers took their first lead at 31-30 with a Scheetz kill, but couldn't hang on as they dropped the set, 34-32 to the Friars.
Games two and three were much different stories as the Retrievers gained a 2-0 lead in the second set and never relinquished that lead for a 30-18 victory and handily defeated the Friars 30-22 after opening the third set with a 1-0 deficit.
The fourth and final set saw the more of the back and forth that occurred in the first set, but this time it was Providence that didn't gain the lead until about halfway through the game, at 14-13. The Retrievers would tie the score four more times before taking back the lead at 20-19 off a Scheetz kill. The Friars battled back and the Retrievers knotted the score at 22 thanks to a Providence attack error before Scheetz went on a serving run to catapult the Retrievers to victory.
Scheetz served for five consecutive points to give UMBC a 27-22 lead and the eventual 30-24 set point for a 3-1 match victory.
The Retrievers continue competition at the Bobcat Inviational on Saturday when they take on Rider and host Quinnipiac, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. match against Quinnipiac.