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UMBC Volleyball Picked Third in Preseason Poll
The Retrievers amassed 29 points and one first-place vote to finish behind coaches’ favorite and defending America East champion Albany (33 pts., 4 first-place votes) and New Hampshire (31 pts., 2 votes).
The top four teams in the league will advance to the America East Championship with the winner of the tournament receiving the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After falling in five sets to
Even with a team crippled by injuries, head coach Ian Blanchard propelled UMBC to a 20-12 overall record and 5-7 league record in his third year with the team, marking the first time the Retrievers reached the 20-win plateau since the 1998 season.
The Retrievers open the 2008 campaign Aug. 29-30 at the William and Mary Invitational in