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UMBC Volleyball Defeats Appalachian State, Eastern Michigan in Final Day of Tribe Invitational
Sophomore Kira Giles led the Retrievers to two victories Saturday and was named to the All-Tournament team.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—The UMBC women’s volleyball team bounced back from a tough loss on Friday to William and Mary, to defeat Appalachian State, 3-0 and Eastern Michigan, 3-2, in the final day of the Tribe Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman Alyssa Lang (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) led UMBC (2-1) with 30 kills between the two matches and added four service aces. Lang and sophomore Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Canada/Glenlawn) were named to the All-Tournament team. Giles averaged 9.4 assists/set for the weekend.
The Retrievers overpowered Appalachian State (0-2), 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 in the first game of the day, hitting 42 kills compared to the Mountaineers’ 29.
Lang recorded her first double-double of her collegiate career with 13 kills and 10 digs. Junior Sarah Ball (Winnipeg, Canada/Sisler) and Giles each added 10 digs as well.
In their second match of the day, the Retrievers came back after dropping the first set, 25-23, to win the second and third sets, 25-18, and 25-19 to take the lead before the Eagles took the fourth set, 25-22, to tie the match.
UMBC jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the fifth and final game behind Lang’s serve, but the Eagles fought back and tied the set at 13. After an Eagle service error, sophomore Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Washington/AG West Black Hills) finished off the match with her game-high 18th kill to seal the victory for UMBC.
Lang recorded her second double-double of the day with 17 kills and 19 digs, while sophomore Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) added 14 kills.
The Retrievers return to action Tuesday when they travel to Nation’s Capital to face Howard at 7 p.m.