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UMBC Volleyball Faces Binghamton in America East Semifinal Friday
Head coach Ian Blanchard and the Retrievers face Binghamton Friday at 4 p.m.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC volleyball team travels to
On the Bearcats:
per set and rank third in opponents hitting percentage. The Bearcats offense is paced by the sophomore duo of Anna Lejina and Michelle McDonough who rank first and second, respectively, in kills per set in the America East in conference matches.
UMBC vs. Bearcats All-Time:
Kennedy, Giles Garner
Freshman Iman Kennedy
Kennedy led the Retrievers to two conference wins this past week to launch UMBC into the third spot entering the America East Championship. Kennedy hit an outstanding .643 in conference action, and .390 overall with only three errors on 41 attacks. In the two league matches, the rookie recorded 18 kills (2.57 kps) and 11 total blocks (1.57 bps) against Stony Brook and
Giles directed the Retriever offense with 90 assists this past week, including averaging 10.86 assists per set in conference wins over Stony Brook and
Ali Loynachan Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Volleyball at UMBC
UMBC volleyball head coach Ian Blanchard announced recently that Ali Loynachan has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Retrievers for the 2009 season.
Loynachan, a right-side hitter from
“Ali is a very athletic young woman and brings a high level of experience to our team,” said Blanchard. “In her province, she’s been playing above her age level for the past four years, which speaks volumes about how solid of a volleyball player she is. She is very strong all-around. She can set, she can hit and she swing from the left side and the right side. In addition, she's a really enthusiastic, high-energy athlete and I think she's going to compliment our program really well.”
Freshman Alyssa Lang has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for a conference-record eighth time, for the week ending Nov. 2. Lang breaks the previous record held by teammates Ashley Oscars and Sarah Ball, who each won the award seven times in 2006 and 2005, respectively.
For the week, she led America East with six service aces and was second on the team in kills with 24 (2.67 kps) and digs with 33 (3.67 dps). The freshman earned consecutive double-doubles with 12 kills and 15 digs against
UMBC in the National Rankings
The Retrievers are ranked 17th in the nation in service aces, averaging 1.74 aces per set. American leads the country, averaging 2.29 aps. Freshman Alyssa Lang leads the team with 41 aces. UMBC is also ranked 85th in the nation in blocking, averaging 2.22 per set.
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
Sabrina Hoeks 19 digs 18 kills Eastern
Alyssa Lang (2) 19 digs 17 kills
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
Alyssa Lang (5) 12 kills 10 digs
Allie Spaay (2) 41 assists 12 digs
Kira Giles (6) 29 assists 12 digs
Alyssa Lang (6) 14 kills 11 digs
Ashley Oscars (3) 14 kills 13 digs
Alyssa Lang (7) 16 digs 13 kills
Ashley Oscars (4) 16 kills 15 digs
Kira Giles (7) 40 assists 11 digs
Kira Giles (8) 39 assists 13 digs
Alyssa Lang (8) 15 digs 12 kills
Alyssa Lang (9) 18 digs 12 kills
Alyssa Lang (10) 13 kills 13 digs
Stat Mark Name Opponent
Kills 19 Ashley Oscars
Assists 55 Kira Giles Eastern
Digs 31 Pam Jarrett Eastern
Total Blocks 10 Bridget Scheetz Duquesne
Service Aces 5 Bridget Scheetz Niagara,
8. Bridget Scheetz .255
10. Sarah Hill .243
Kills per Set
9. Ashley Oscars 2.89
10. Alyssa Lang 2.85
Assists per Set
5. Kira Giles 9.22
Service Aces per Set
4. Alyssa Lang 0.38
5. Sabrina Hoeks 0.35
10. Bridget Scheetz 0.29
Blocks per Set
3. Bridget Scheetz 1.02
4. Sarah Hill 1.01
Digs per Set
3. Pam Jarrett 3.56
9. Alyssa Lang 2.82
RETRIEVER VOLLEYBALL NEWS ARCHIVE
Freshman Alyssa Lang has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the seventh time, for the week ending Oct. 26. Lang is now tied with teammates Sarah Ball and Ashley Oscars for most Rookie of the Week honors in conference history.
The freshman averaged 3.14 kills and 3.14 digs per set last week in two games against league leading
Lang Wins Sixth
Freshman Alyssa Lang
Lang continues to impress, winning her sixth weekly rookie honor of the season, just one shy of the conference record set by Ashley Oscars in 2006 and Sarah Ball in 2005. Last week she tied for the team lead with five service aces and was second on the team with 21 digs (2.62 dps). In a big non-conference win over
Oscars Leads Retrievers to First
Junior Ashley Oscars led the Retrievers with 24 kills (4 kps) and tied for the team lead with six assisted blocks (1 bps) in two America East victories over
Spaay Earns Second Consecutive
Freshman Allie Spaay has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the week ending Oct. 12. This is the second consecutive week Spaay has been honored and UMBC has won all seven awards so far this season. Freshman Alyssa Lang earned the first five awards.
Spaay directed the Retrievers offense with 58 assists (9.67 aps) in conference wins at
Scheetz Leads Retriever Offense to Perfect Start to
Sophomore Bridget Scheetz was dominant in victories over
Freshman Allie Spaay has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the week ending Oct. 5.
Spaay directed the Retrievers' offense with 80 assists in eight sets for an average of 10 assists per set, leading UMBC in conference wins over
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
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.