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UMBC Volleyball Opens America East Play vs. New Hampshire, Maine This Weekend
Freshman Alyssa Lang has tied teammate Ashley Oscars for the most consecutive America East Rookie of the Week honors.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC volleyball team opens America East play this weekend as it plays host to New Hampshire at the RAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Maine at the RAC Sunday at 1 p.m.. The Retrievers were picked to finish third in the preseason poll right behind the Wildcats.
The Week Ahead:
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On the Wildcats:
UMBC vs. UNH All-Time: The Wildcats lead the all-time series 6-4. Last year, the two teams split, with the Retrievers winning at home on Sept. 30, 3-1, before falling at UNH on Oct. 26, 2-3.
On the Black Bears:
Lang Ties Record for Most Consecutive
Freshman Alyssa Lang has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the fifth consecutive week to start the season, for the week ending Sept. 28.
Lang ties teammate Ashley Oscars for the most consecutive rookie of the week awards. Oscars turned the feat in 2006 and went on to win the top rookie honor that season. Lang led the Retrievers, and the league, last week with 4.0 kills per set in two matches. The rookie also served up five aces for the week. She hit .279 against James Madison on Tuesday with 14 kills against only two errors before hitting another 14 kills in a straight-set victory over
Retrievers Moving Up the Charts
Junior Kira Giles currently ranks sixth all-time in assists at UMBC with 2,180. 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 sixth place all-time in Retriever history with 172 assisted blocks for her career with 12 in the WVU Volleyball Classic. She needs 8 more to move into fifth place.
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 845, 10th on the list while Ball has 769 in her career. Both players are in the top 10 in career attacks as well. Oscars currently holds eighth place with 2,563 attacks, with Ball in 10th with 2,381.
Lang Takes Home Fourth Straight America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week Award
Freshman Alyssa Lang has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the fourth consecutive week to start the season, for the week ending Sept. 21.
Lang was second on the Retrievers last week with 23 kills (2.56 kps) and led all freshmen in the league in that category. The rookie put up more digs (45 total, 5.00 dps) than any other player in America East last week as she helped lead UMBC to its first win over George Washington in 17 matches between the two schools. On her way to being named to the West Virginia Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team, Lang also collected five service aces. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season in the win over George Washington, earning 10 kills and 16 digs.
Lang Grabs Third Straight America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week
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
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 has 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
Alyssa Lang (4) 16 digs 10 kills George Washington
Sarah Ball 11 kills 11 digs James Madison
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 9/29/08)
8. Sarah Ball .258
Kills per Set
6. Alyssa Lang 3.04
Assists per Set
5. Kira Giles 9.21
Service Aces per Set
4. Pam Jarrett 0.39
7. Alyssa Lang 0.33
Blocks per Set
2. Bridget Scheetz 1.07
10. Sarah Hill 0.83
Digs per Set
3. Pam Jarrett 3.67
9. Alyssa Lang 2.81
Blocks per Set Stat
1. UMBC 2.08
Digs per Set Stat
1. UMBC 15.32
Retrievers in the All-Time Charts (As of 9/22/08)
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 2,180 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 854 2006-Present
Sarah Ball 769 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. Ashley Oscars 2,563 2006-Present
9. Rehena Rentuma 2,534 1986, 88-91
10. Sarah Ball 2,381 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. Bridget Scheetz 172 2007-Present
7. Ashley Hargrove 157 2005-06
8. Rehena Rentuma 129 1986, 88-91
9. Sarah Ball 127 2005-Present
T10.Anna Gibbs 124 1992-95
T10.Lisa Cline 124 1995-98
Kira Giles 122 2006-Present