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UMBC Volleyball Travels to WVU Volleyball Classic Friday
Freshman Sarah Hill currently ranks 9th in the America East in blocks.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC volleyball team travels to
The Week Ahead:
Date Opponent Time:
9/19 vs. George Washington 5 p.m.
9/20 vs. UNC-Greensboro 5:30 p.m.
The Past Week:
Date Opponent Result:
9/12 at NJIT W, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-19)
9/13 vs. Loyola W, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21)
9/13 vs. Sacred Heart W, 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22)
On the Colonials: George Washington (5-2) comes into the tournament having just last weekend sealed a title win as host of the GW Invitational. Alyssa Valentine was named MVP of the tournament, as well as Co-Rookie of the Week in the Atlantic 10 Conference for the week ending Sept. 14. She averaged 9.17 assists per set in the Colonials’ two tournament matches against
UMBC vs. GW All-Time: The Retrievers are 0-17 all-time against the Colonials. On Sept. 4 of last year, UMBC fell to GW, 1-3 (24-30, 30-28, 17-30, 27-30). Freshman Bridget Scheetz (
On the Mountaineers: Last weekend,
UMBC vs. WVU All-Time: The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with 6-1. The last meeting was in 2004 at the Nittany Lion Tournament, where WVU won the decision in three sets.
On the Spartans: In UNCG’s last match on Tuesday, the Spartans (6-4) were swept by
UMBC vs. UNCG All-Time: The Retrievers control the series against the Spartans, 6-1 dating back to when both schools were part of the Big South Conference. The teams’ most recent match took place in November of 1996 and ended in UMBC’s favor in straight sets.
Lang Grabs Third Straight
Freshman Alyssa Lang has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the third consecutive week, the conference announced on Sept. 15. Lang becomes the first Retriever to be named Rookie of the Week three times in a row since junior Ashley Oscars accomplished the feat in 2006.
She recorded 40 kills (3.08 kps) last week, helping the Retrievers go undefeated at the NJIT Highlanders Challenge and being named to the All-Tournament team. The
Retrievers Moving Up the Charts
Both junior Sarah Ball and junior Ashley Oscars are making their mark in the top 10 in career kills in UMBC history. Oscars currently has 818, 10th on the list while Ball has 748 in her career. Both players are in the top 10 in career attacks as well. Oscars currently holds ninth place with 2,437 attacks, with Ball close behind in 10th with 2,310.
Junior Kira Giles currently ranks sixth all-time in assists at UMBC with 2,127. With 48 assists in the victory over Duquesne, Giles became the sixth player in UMBC history with 2,000 assists or more. The next highest is Judy Jackson with 2,481.
Junior Bridget Scheetz has moved into seventh place all-time in Retriever history with 154 assisted blocks for her career. She needs just three more to move into sixth place.
Ball, Lang take All-Tournament team honors at NJIT Highlander Challenge
UMBC traveled to Newark, N.J. Sept. 12-13 to take part in the NJIT Highlander Challenge and came home with three victories. The Retrievers defeated host NJIT Friday night, 3-0, before overpowering Loyola, 3-0, and Sacred Heart, 3-1.
Junior Sarah Ball and freshman Alyssa Lang were named to the All-Tournament team. Ball finished the weekend with a .341 hitting percentage, earning 15 kills against only one error, while adding eight total blocks and three service aces. Lang led UMBC with 33 kills for the weekend, while adding 26 digs.
Lang Takes Home Second Straight America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week
UMBC volleyball freshman Alyssa Lang was been named America East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 7.
It is the second week in a row Lang has earned the award. Lang continued her outstanding freshman campaign by winning back-to-back rookie of the week awards to open the season. Last week she led the Retrievers with 48 kills (3.0 kps) and was second on the team with 39 digs (2.44 dps). Lang recorded her third double-double of the season in a victory over previously-unbeaten Duquesne Saturday night, earning 11 kills and 14 digs. She recorded 14 kills each against Niagara and UMES on Friday. Against Howard on Tuesday, she added nine kills against only three errors and a team-high eight digs. Lang is averaging 2.93 kills per set for the season, the top number for an America East rookie in 2008.
Lang Named First America East Rookie of the Week for 2008
UMBC volleyball freshman Alyssa Lang earned the America East Conference Rookie of the Week award for the first week ending Aug. 31.
Lang is the first recipient of the Rookie of the Week award for the 2008 season, and the fourth Retriever in a row to win the first conference weekly award. Sophomore Bridget Scheetz earned the first weekly rookie award in 2007, while juniors Kira Giles and Sarah Ball took the awards in 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Lang ranked as the top freshman in the America East in aces with seven, digs (2.75 dps) and kills (2.83 kps) last week. She picked up her first two double-doubles of her collegiate career Saturday in the Tribe Invitational where UMBC went 2-1. Lang was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts, which included a 13-kill, 10-dig performance against Appalachian State, and 17 kills and 19 digs against Eastern Michigan.
RETRIEVER STAT PAK
Name Total 1 Total 2 Opponent
Kira Giles 32 assists 10 digs Appalachian State
Alyssa Lang 13 kills 10 digs Appalachian State
Kira Giles (2) 55 assists 24 digs Eastern Michigan
Sabrina Hoeks 19 digs 18 kills Eastern Michigan
Alyssa Lang (2) 19 digs 17 kills Eastern Michigan
Kira Giles (3) 47 assists 10 digs UMES
Kira Giles (4) 48 assists 10 digs Duquesne
Alyssa Lang (3) 14 digs 11 kills Duquesne
Ashley Oscars 17 digs 11 kills NJIT
Allie Spaay 34 assists 10 digs Loyola
Kira Giles (5) 40 assists 10 digs Sacred Heart
Ashley Oscars (2) 11 kills 10 digs Sacred Heart
Stat Mark Name Opponent
Kills 18 Sabrina Hoeks Eastern Michigan
Assists 55 Kira Giles Eastern Michigan
Digs 31 Pam Jarrett Eastern Michigan
Total Blocks 10 Bridget Scheetz Duquesne
Service Aces 5 Bridget Scheetz Niagara
UMBC in America East Chars (As of 9/15/08)
5. Sarah Ball .327
Kills per Set
6. Alyssa Lang 2.98
T7. Ashley Oscars 2.88
Assists per Set
3. Kira Giles 9.54
Service Aces per Set
3. Pam Jarrett 0.49
8. Bridget Scheetz 0.32
Blocks per Set
2. Bridget Scheetz 1.05
6. Sarah Joy 0.89
9. Sarah Hill 0.81
Digs per Set
3. Pam Jarrett 3.61
Retrievers in the All-Time Charts (As of 9/18/08)
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 2,127 2006-Present
7. Stacey Pirotte 1,272 1992
8. Tracey Cullins 1,153 1988-91
9. Stacey Carroll 1,128 2004-07
10. Carla Miala 570 1997
UMBC Career Kills
Name Kills Years
1. Kelly O’Brien 2,161 1990-93
2. Lisa Cline 1,869 1995-98
3. Megan McNamara 1,536 1995-98
4. Dana Eberly 1,311 1993-96
5. Jocelyn Teoh 1,288 2001-04
6. Rehena Rentuma 1,064 1986, 88-91
7. Joanne Marshall 988 1996-00
8. Kara Welniak 955 1997-00
9. Jennifer Davis 912 1999-03
10. Ashley Oscars 818 2006-Present
Sarah Ball 748 2005-Present
UMBC Career Attacks
Name Attacks Years
1. Kelly O’Brien 5,055 1990-93
2. Lisa Cline 4,403 1995-98
3. Megan McNamara 4,188 1995-98
4. Joeelyn Teoh 3,458 2001-04
5. Dana Eberly 3,172 1993-96
6. Tracey Cullins 2,593 1988-91
7. Joanne Marshall 2,590 1996-00
8. Rehena Rentuma 2,534 1986, 88-91
9. Ashley Oscars 2,437 2006-Present
10. Sarah Ball 2,310 2005-Present
UMBC Career Assisted Blocks
Name AB Years
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. Bridget Scheetz 154 2007-Present
8. Rehena Rentuma 129 1986, 88-91
9. Anna Gibbs 124 1992-95
10. Lisa Cline 124 1995-98