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UMBC Volleyball Falls To Conference-Foe New Hampshire, 3-2
Senior Stacey Carroll tallied her second double-double of the season on Friday night against New Hampshire.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC women's volleyball team dropped their third straight as they fell to New Hampshire, 3-2 (30-24, 30-32, 30-28, 23-30, 6-15) in a hard-fought five-set match on Friday night in Durham, N.H.
The Retrievers fall to 19-8 and 4-4 in the America East Conference on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 16-7 and 5-3 in the conference. The two teams split the season series with the Retrievers recording a 3-1 victory in September.
Freshman Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) recorded a double-double for the Retrievers, tallying 12 kills and 14 digs, while also adding two aces and five assisted blocks. Senior Stacey Carroll (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) also recorded a double-double in the match, her second of the season, as she posted 48 assists and 17 digs, while also adding two service aces as well as three assisted blocks.
Sophomore Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) tallied a team-high 19 kills in the match and was just one dig shy of a double-double, while sophomore Tiffany Johnson (Abingdon, Md./Arundel/Kansas State) assisted on a team-high seven blocks to bring her season total up to 76, good for seventh on the Retrievers' single-season assisted blocks chart. Freshman Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) also moved up in the rankings after adding six assisted blocks and one solo block in the match. Scheetz now has 91 assisted blocks on the season, and needs just three more to become the Retrievers' all-time leader for assisted blocks in a single season. Scheetz also moved into a tie for seventh on the single-season total blocks chart as she now totals 97 blocks on the season.
Two Wildcats also recorded double-doubles, with Kate Uitti totaling 65 assists and 16 digs, while Kirsten Bates tallied 19 kills and 10 digs.
The Retrievers and Wildcats battled back and forth for most of the first game, until the Retrievers gained a 20-18 advantage thanks to a Scheetz kill to bring senior Britney Hodson (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) to the serving line. Hodson proceeded to serve for five consecutive points to give the Retrievers a seven-point, 25-18 lead en route to the 30-24 set victory.
The Retrievers saw two more outstanding serving runs in game two, this time four points behind Carroll's serve to knot the score at 21 and then another four points behind sophomore Pam Jarrett's (Lincoln, Neb,/Lincoln Pius X) serve to take a 28-25 lead. A Hodson kill put the Retrievers at set point, but the Wildcats countered with a 4-0 run to take a 30-29 lead.
A kill by Oscars followed to tie the score, but after a Wildcat kill put New Hampshire at set point, a Retriever error gave the Wildcats the 32-30 win.
Game three played out much the same way, but with the Retrievers coming out on top in the end. After tying the score at 28 points apiece, an Oscars kill put the Retrievers at set point and a New Hampshire error gave the Retrievers the 30-28 win.
The Wildcats dominated game four, however, never relinquishing the early lead they gained over the Retrievers as they earned the 30-23 victory to send the match to a fifth ti-breaking set.
An 8-0 run behind Uitti's serve cemented the match for the Wildcats as they downed the Retrievers, 15-6, in the final game.
The Retrievers continue their roadstand as they face Maine at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Orono, Maine.