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UMBC Volleyball News and Notes
The Home Stretch: The UMBC Volleyball team will conclude the 2007 season as they host a pair of conference opponents beginning with
Date Opponent Time
Tues. Nov. 6 at Navy L, 2-3 (17-30, 24-30, 30-25, 32-30, 13-15)
Fri. Nov. 9
Sun. Nov. 11 STONY BROOK * 5:00 p.m.
Date Opponent Result
Sun. Nov. 4 at
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Retrievers vs. the Hawks: The Retrievers have lost to the Hawks only once since joining the America East in 2003, and currently hold a 10-1 all-time record. In the teams’ last meeting on Oct. 6, the Retriever handed Hartford a 3-0 loss as sophomore Tiffany Johnson tallied nine kills on 18 attacks, with just one error for a .444 hitting percentage. Freshman Sabrina Hoeks also tallied nine kills and added 10 digs and five service aces in the win.
Retrievers vs. the Seawolves: The Seawolves return to UMBC RAC Arena for the first time since falling to the Retrievers, 3-0, on Oct. 20, 2006. The Seawolves were in the same league-leading position then as they are currently, but fell as Ashley Oscars tallied a team-high 14 kills and registered a hitting percentage of .344. The Retrievers fell to the Seawolves, 3-0, earlier in the season on Nov. 5 and the all-time series is currently tied 5-5.
Retrievers in the Record Books
Freshman Bridget Scheetz continues to make history as she steadily increases the Retrievers’ single-season record for assisted blocks, which currently stands at 104 and is also making her way up the single season total blocks chart. She is currently ranked fourth with 110 total blocks and needs just two more to move into a tie for third.
Sophomore Tiffany Johnson is also moving up the assisted blocks chart and currently has 89, good for third on the list. Johnson is also ranked ninth on the total blocks chart with 94 and needs just three blocks to enter into a tie for eighth on the chart.
Senior Stacey Carroll currently ranks seventh in career assists (1,324), while sophomore Kira Giles ranks sixth with 1,793 assists.
Finally, senior Katrina Carrick needs just one more assisted blocks to break into the career assisted blocks chart in a tie for 10th on the list.
Retrievers Lose Six Straight
The Retrievers have lost their last six straight matches, five of which came against conference opponents, with their last win dating back to Oct. 12, when they handed
Retrievers in the National Rankings
One week after breaking into the top 25 of the nation for service aces, the UMBC volleyball team has placed an individual in the top 75 of the country. Freshman Sabrina Hoeks is tied for 73rd in the country for service aces per game as she is averaging 0.49 sapg. The Retrievers currently hold the top two spots in the conference for aces per game, with sophomore Pam Jarrett averaging 0.50 and Hoeks with 0.49.
For the second straight week, the Retrievers rank 22nd in the country in aces per game, as they are averaging 2.21 sapg as a team.
The Retrievers also rank 58th in digs per game (17.78) and are tied for 49th in winning percentage (.731).
Scheetz, Johnson Moving Up the Charts
Freshman Bridget Scheetz moved into third on the Retrievers’ all-time single-season assisted blocks chart and broke into the single-season chart for total blocks in a tie for ninth on the chart after posting eight assisted block in the matches against Binghamton last week. Scheetz now has 85 AB this season and 90 total blocks. She needs just three blocks to move into sole possession of second on the chart and just one more block to claim sole possession of the ninth spot in total blocks.
Sophomore Tiffany Johnson is also moving her way up the charts as she recorded two assisted blocks last week to bring her season total up to 69, good for a tie for eighth on the single-season assisted blocks chart.
UMBC Volleyball Plagued by Errors, Drops Two to
The UMBC volleyball team dropped two straight matches to
The Retrievers were plagued by errors last week, recording a total of 87 kills on 207 total attacks for the week, while committing 72 errors for a dismal hitting percentage of .049. The Bearcats recorded just 32 errors and .233 hitting percentage for the same time period.
UMBC Volleyball Sweeps Weekly Awards
The UMBC volleyball team picked up all three weekly conference awards for the week ending Oct. 14 as sophomore Ashley Oscars was named Player of the Week, sophomore Kira Giles earned Setter of the Week and freshman Sabrina Hoeks took Rookie of the Week.
The achievement marked the second time this season each of the athletes have earned their respective accolades.
Oscars led the Retrievers in their matches last week, averaging league-bests in kills (4.86 kpg) and points (5.50 ppg) and also recording 2.29 digs per game. The sophomore posted her third double-double of the season in the 3-2 win over
Giles played all nine games last week for the Retrievers, recording double-doubles in both matches. Giles averaged 12.56 assists per game over those two matches, as well as 3.78 kills per game and 0.67 blocks per game. In addition, the sophomore tallied a career-high 68 assists in the Retrievers’ win over
Hoeks recorded her third career double-double in the win over
The Retrievers have now claimed six weekly conference awards over the course of the 2007 season, as freshman Bridget Scheetz garnered the Rookie of the Week accolade in the first week of the season.
Retrievers Ranked In Top-25 in Nation
The UMBC volleyball team ranks 22nd in the country in service aces per game, as the Retrievers are averaging 2.24/game. Much of the Retrievers success is due to the performances of freshman Sabrina Hoeks, who tallied nine service aces in a four-game match against NJIT last week and currently tied for first place in the America East Conference with 0.47 aces per game. The Retrievers also rank 68th in the nation in blocks per game (2.62), digs per game (17.58), and 29th in winning percentage (.792).
The UMBC volleyball team defeated
Freshman Bridget Scheetz added two assisted blocks against
Giles Records Career-High Double-Double
Sophomore Kira Giles recorded her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season last week as she put up 32 assists and 11 digs against
Scheetz Claims Sixth Spot on Assisted Blocks Chart
Freshman Bridget Scheetz moved into sixth place on the all-time list for assisted blocks in a single season after she tallied three blocks against
Retrievers Suffer First Conference Loss, Fall to Stony Brook
The UMBC volleyball team fell to Stony Brook, 3-0, last Friday in their first conference loss and first conference match on the road, but avenged the loss by handing
Retrievers Earn Fourth Weekly Award; Hoeks Named Rookie of the Week
Freshman Sabrina Hoeks became the fourth Retriever to earn a weekly conference award, as she was named the America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 30, the conference announced Monday.
Hoeks recorded her first double-double of her collegiate career in the Retrievers’ 3-1 win over
Hoeks finished the week second in the conference in service aces with eight in 11 games. Over the weekend, she averaged 4.00 kills per game, 1.00 aces per game, 3.20 digs per game, and 5.50 points per game while hitting at .327 in both conference matches.
Freshman Bridget Scheetz Breaks Into Single-Season Assisted Blocks Chart
Freshman Bridget Scheetz broke into the UMBC all-time top ten for assisted blocks in a single-season as she added five assisted block against
Scheetz currently ranks ninth on the top ten list and needs just two assisted blocks to claim the eighth spot. She also has five solo blocks this season for a grand total of 72 blocks and needs 18 more total blocks to break into the single-season chart for total blocks.
Former Retriever Kara Welniak set the record for most assisted blocks in a single-season, when she tallied 93 during the 1999 season. Rehena Rentuma holds the total blocks record for a single-season with 135 in 1991.
The Retrievers opened America East Conference play last week after falling to
The Retrievers began conference play last weekend with a Friday night match against Maine, where the Retrievers gained a 3-1 victory over the Black Bears and a Sunday match against New Hampshire, where the Retrievers downed the Wildcats, 3-1. The Retrievers are in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with
Retrievers Win Three at Home, Grab Two Weekly Awards
The Retrievers earned three victories at the RAC Arena last week, handing
The Retrievers lost the second game of the
Sophomores Ashley Oscars and Kira Giles were named the America East Conference Player of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively after putting up season-high performances on the weekend.
Oscars’ 19 kills on 60 attacks, 20.5 points, and 11 digs against
Giles tallied a season-high 52 assists and added 15 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, while also recording a season-high three service aces against
Johnson Named to All-Tournament Team; Giles Claims Sixth on All-Time List
Sophomore Tiffany Johnson was named to the All-Tournament team at the Towson Tournament after averaging 1.30 blocks per game during tournament play and the Retrievers had their five-match winning streak snapped on Saturday as they fell to No. 21 Dayton, 3-0. Later in the day, the Retrievers also dropped a 3-1 decision to
Sophomore Kira Giles moved into sixth place on the all-time career assists chart after adding 124 assists during last week’s matches to bring her career total to 1,287 moving past Stacey Pirotte’s mark of 1,272 assists.
The Retrievers handed
Retrievers in the Rankings
Three Retrievers ranked in the top 75 of the country through games 09/09/07, the NCAA reported last week.
Freshman Bridget Scheetz achieved the highest ranking for the Retrievers as she averaged a .392 hitting percentage during the reporting period, which ranks 49th in the country.
Sophomore Pam Jarrett also cracked into the rankings, averaging 5.08 digs per game, which ties for 66th in the NCAA and sophomore Kira Giles averaged 11.76 assists per game, good for 74th in the rankings.
As a team, the Retrievers also came in on the top 75 list, ranking 53rd in service aces per game (2.12), 25th in win-loss percentage (.875), and 19th in digs per game (18.81).
Retrievers Earn First Home Victory of the Season over Howard
After falling, 3-1, to George Washington in their home-opener, the Retrievers blanked Howard, 3-0, on Tuesday to win their first home match of 2007 and their fourth straight. The Retrievers achieved a complete 180-degree turn from the loss to GW, as they steadily increased their hitting percentage during the match against Howard. In a match that saw only nine errors from the Retriever side of the court, UMBC posted a hitting percentages of .297, .429, and .435 with just one error in the third set, and recorded a .379 for the match. Freshman Sabrina Hoeks was the only player to see action in all three sets as she led the Retrievers with nine kills, nine digs, and a .348 hitting percentage.
UMBC Gets Back on Winning Track, Claims Bobcat Invitational Title
After a home-opening loss on Tuesday, the Retrievers bounced back during the weekend tournament to defeat
Sophomore Kira Giles tallied 158 assists during the tournament, to bring her career total up to 1,163 assists and claim the seventh spot on the Retrievers’ all-time list.
Retrievers Drop Home-Opener, 3-1, to George Washington
UMBC fell, 3-1, to George Washington in the first home match of the 2007 season and snapped a four-game winning streak to fall to 4-1. The Retrievers mistakes and ineffectiveness proved to be their bane in the match as each set saw their hitting percentage steadily decline. They started out hitting .257 as a team in Game 1, in which they defeated the Colonials 30-24, but fell to .182 in Game 2, .119 in Game 3, and .022 in Game 4, totaling 11 attack errors in Game 4 and 31 for the match.
Giles Becomes Ninth Retriever with 1,000 Assists
Sophomore Kira Giles become the ninth Retriever in school history to record over 1,000 assists in a career after UMBC’s opening weekend. Giles recorded a total of 136 assists in four matches at the La Salle Tournament to bring her career total up to 1,005 assists. The setter averaged 11.33 assists per game in the tournament, which ranked second in the America East Conference charts at the time. Giles, who is currently ninth on the Retrievers top 10 all-time career assists chart, needs just 37 assists to move into eighth all-time. Her teammate, senior Stacey Carroll is currently eighth all-time with 1,041 assists.
Bridget Scheetz Garners First Weekly Conference Award
Freshman Bridget Scheetz was named the America East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 3. After the first week of play Scheetz was the conference-leader with 1.67 blocks per game and also ranked in the top 10 for hitting percentage, kills, and points per game. The
UMBC Blanks Loyola, La Salle, St. Peter’s, Lafayette in Season-Opener
UMBC started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2001, as they downed Loyola, St. Peter’s, Lafayette, and host
RETRIEVER STAT PAK
Name Total 1 Total 2 Opponent
Kira Giles 34 assists 13 digs Loyola
Angela Anderson 11 kills 12 digs
Kira Giles 51 assists 12 digs
Kira Giles 35 assists 10 digs Rider
Kira Giles 49 assists 22 digs
Kira Giles 52 assists 15 digs
Ashley Oscars 19 kills 11 digs
Angela Anderson 12 kills 13 digs
Stacey Carroll 39 assists 10 digs St. Francis (
Kira Giles 46 assists 16 digs
Ashley Oscars 19 kills 17 digs
Kira Giles 49 assists 26 digs
Sabrina Hoeks 17 kills 19 digs
Kira Giles 32 assists 11 digs
Kira Giles 26 assists 10 digs
Kira Giles 45 assists 16 digs NJIT
Sabrina Hoeks 20 kills 16 digs NJIT
Kira Giles 68 assists 18 digs
Ashley Oscars 24 kills 11 digs
Sabrina Hoeks 14 kills 18 digs
Kira Giles 27 assists 12 digs
Ashley Oscars 15 kills 10 digs
Kira Giles 36 assists 13 digs
Sabrina Hoeks 10 kills 13 digs
Stacey Carroll 48 assists 17 digs
Sabrina Hoeks 12 kills 14 digs
Stacey Carroll 45 assists 20 digs
Ashley Oscars 18 kills 14 digs
Sabrina Hoeks 10 kills 21 digs
Hitting Percentage (Min. of .200/3.0 attacks per game)
T-6. Bridget Scheetz .292
8. Tiffany Johnson .269
Kills (per game)
4. Ashley Oscars 3.64 kpg
Assists (per game)
3. Kira Giles 11.00 apg
Service Aces (per game)
2. Sabrina Hoeks 0.47 sapg
5. Pam Jarrett 0.42 sapg
Blocks (per game)
3. Tiffany Johnson 1.23 bpg
4. Bridget Scheetz 1.08 bpg
Points (per game)
7. Ashley Oscars 4.18 ppg
Digs (per game)
2. Pam Jarrett 4.61 dpg
9. Kira Giles 3.32 dpg
10. Sabrina Hoeks 2.94 dpg
UMBC Career Assists
Name Assists Years
1. Lanae Baker 4,722 1995-98
2. Megan Gross 3,647 2002-05
3. Heather Hollidge 3,034 1999-00
4. Joy Figueredo 2,501 1990-91
5. Judy Jackson 2,481 1993-94
6. Kira Giles 1,793 2006-07
7. Stacey Carroll 1,324 2004-07
8. Stacey Pirotte 1,272 1992
9. Tracey Cullins 1,153 1988-91
10. Carla Miala 570 1997
UMBC Career Assisted Blocks
1. Kara Welniak 299 1997-00
2. Jessie Folk 245 2003-06
3. Jennifer Davis 227 1999-03
4. Dana Eberly 191 1993-96
5. Jocelyn Teoh 180 2001-04
6. Ashley Hargrove 157 2005-06
7. Rehena Rentuma 129 1986, 88-91
8. Anna Gibbs 124 1992-95
9. Lisa Cline 124 1995-98
10. Amanda Willey 114 2005-06
Katrina Carrick 113 2004-07
UMBC Single-Season Assisted Blocks
Name Year AB
1. Bridget Scheetz 2007 104
2. Kara Welniak 1999 93
3. Tiffany Johnson 2007 89
4. Kara Welniak 1998 87
5. Ashley Hargrove 2005 82
Dana Eberly 1995 82
7. Jessie Folk 2004 77
8. Jessie Folk 2003 75
Ashley Hargrove 2006 75
10. Dana Eberly 1994 69
UMBC Single-Season Total Blocks
Name Year TB
1. Rehena Rentuma 1991 135
2. Dana Eberly 1994 117
3. Dana Eberly 1995 112
4. Bridget Scheetz 2007 110
5. Kara Welniak 1999 106
6. Kara Welniak 1998 105
7. Rehena Rentuma 1990 98
8. Judy Jackson 1993 97
9. Tiffany Johnson 2007 94
10. Ashley Hargrove 2005 92