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VOLLEYBALL TEAM SWEPT AT HOKIE/MIZUNO CLASSIC
Senior Dana Cookson led UMBC with 8 kills in a losing cause this morning.
The UMBC volleyball team was swept in three matches at the Hokie/Mizuno Classic in Blacksburg, VA. The Retrievers (5-3)lost their first match of the season to the host Virginia Tech Hokies (2-3), 30-18, 30-21, 30-19 on Friday morning and then dropped a 30-24, 30-17, 30-27 decision to Akron (5-1) in the afternoon. UMBC won the first two games vs. East Carolina on Saturday, but dropped the final three (30-24, 30-22, 26-30, 21-30, 10-15) and the match. Dana Cookson led UMBC vs. the Pirates with 19 kills and Tauna Woolery added 11, but UMBC hit just .088 from the floor. Woolery added a team-best 16 digs, and Jennifer Davis had 15, as UMBC outdug the Pirates, 82-70. Against Virginia Tech on Friday, the Hokies never trailed in game one and were led offensively by juniors Sarah Rogers and Cheryl Stinson Rogers had five kills on seven attempts with no errors for a .714 hitting percentage while Stinson went 6-for-10 with one error for a .500 hitting percentage. Defensively, the Hokies had four blocks and held UMBC to a .051 hitting percentage.In the second game, UMBC fought back but was unable to overcome the tough Hokie defense. As a team, Tech forced three service errors, had three blocks and held UMBC to .000 hitting percentage. Junior Ana Lang and senior Holly Disser provided the spark on offense. Lang had four kills on five attempts with no errors while Disser had three kills on six attempts with one error. Sophomore Jenny Hill also contributed two kills on four attempts with one error. The final game of the match proved to be another well-balanced one for the Hokies. Tech again forced three service errors, had three blocks and held UMBC to a .024 hitting percentage. Offensively, Disser led the charge with four kills on eight attempts with two errors. Senior Christine Shubat contributed two kills on four attempts with no errors. For the match, the Hokies had a .277 hitting percentage with eight service aces and 10 blocks while holding UMBC to a .025 hitting percentage. In total, Lang led the team in kills with 11. Shubat had four blocks while Disser posted three service aces. Senior Dana Cookson led the Retrievers with 8 kills and Heather Kerley added 7 kills and 23 assists.Against Akron, UMBC stuggled from the floor again, hitting just .105. Freshman Julia Waclawiak led the team with 10 kills, while Jennifer Davis led a balanced defense with 12 digs. The Zips hit .222 from the floor.