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UMBC Volleyball Pulls Out Nail-Biter, 3-2, Over Defending America East Champion Albany
Sophomore Ashley Oscars tallied a season-high 24 kills and added 11 digs in the five-set win over Albany.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team won their tenth straight home match as they defeated defending America East Conference champion Albany, 3-2 (24-30, 32-30, 21-30, 30-27, 15-11), in a nail-biting five-set match on Friday at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers (19-5, 4-1 America East) have won their last three matches, while the Great Danes (13-7, 3-2 America East) have not been able to record back-to-back wins since
Three Retrievers tallied double-doubles in the match, including sophomore Ashley Oscars (
Sophomore Kira Giles (
Freshman Sabrina Hoeks (
Amanda Cowdrey led the Great Danes with 18 kills and 18 assists, while also recording two service aces and one block assist.
The Retrievers took an early, 3-2, lead over the Great Danes in game one, but saw themselves down 8-4 after a 6-1 run by
Game two saw the Great Danes with an early 9-5 lead, but after a six-point serving run behind junior Angela Anderson (
The Retrievers wouldn’t relinquish that lead for the rest of the game, though
The Great Danes never led in game three as they committed just three errors for a .250 hitting percentage, as compared to the Retrievers’ eight errors and .116 hitting percentage, on the way to a 30-21 decision and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Retrievers finally took a 6-3 lead to start game four and didn’t see themselves at a deficit until a Retriever error followed by Great Dane kill put Albany at a 26-25 advantage.
The teams traded points until a kill by Hoeks tied the score at 27 points each and Oscars proceeded to serve out the remaining three points for the 30-27 win and match equalizer.
The Retrievers then saw their first match of the season forced to five games and struggled at first against the Great Danes.
The Retrievers then proceeded to take control of the game on yet another
The teams then traded points until the Great Danes committed an attack error after an Oscars kill to give the Retrievers the 13-9, four-point lead, which was followed by one point each for the Retrievers and Great Danes to put the Retrievers up 14-10.
A kill by Albany made the score 14-11, but after Brooke Stanley’s ball handling error, the Retrievers emerged victorious, 15-11 for the set and match point win.
The Great Danes began the match with an impressive 75% sideout efficiency in game one, but the Retrievers countered as they recorded an astonishing 83% efficiency in the fifth set.
The Retrievers travel to take on