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UMBC Volleyball Wins Conference-Opener, Defeats Maine, 3-1
Sophomore Ashley Oscars tallied her second double-double of the season with 19 kills and 17 digs in the win over Maine.
The Retrievers (14-4) extend their home winning streak to six matches and have won their last two matches in a row, while the Black Bears (1-13) have lost their last six.
Two Retrievers recorded double-doubles in the match as sophomore Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) posted 46 assists and 16 digs as well as a solo block and three block assists, and sophomore Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) tied a season-high with 19 kills and also added 17 digs and two block assists. The double-double was Giles’ sixth and Oscars second of the season.
The Black Bears also had two players tally double-doubles as Jessica Wolfenden totaled 39 assists and 12 digs and Lindsay Allman put up 22 kills and 16 digs.
The Retrievers recorded only a .065 hitting percentage in the first set and tallied just 10 kills, while the Black Bears recorded 21 kills and a hitting percentage of .268 as they took the 30-26 game win. The Retrievers never led in the game, tying the Black Bears just twice.
The second game was much more of a back-and-forth affair, which saw eight ties including a Retriever tie at 28-28 that gave the serve to freshman Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy), who proceeded to serve out the final two points for the 30-28 win.
The Retriever offense came together in game three as they recorded a .452 hitting efficiency, committing just three errors, as compared to the Black Bears’ eight and .167 hitting percentage.
The Black Bears struck first but the Retrievers evened the score with a kill from sophomore Tiffany Johnson (Abingdon, Md./Kansas State/Arundel) and Giles served for four consecutive points to give the Retrievers a 5-1 lead. The Retrievers took the 30-22 win thanks to Black Bear service error.
The Retrievers faced a 3-0 deficit in the fourth set, but rallied behind freshman Bianca Sande’s (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines) to take a 4-3 lead, and would never trail for the rest of the game. Oscars served out the final point for the Retrievers, tallying a service ace for the 30-25 match point.
The Retrievers will play the third match of their four-match homestand on Sunday as they host