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Retriever Volleyball Defeats Indiana State, Falls to Long Beach State Saturday
Freshman Naomi Bush had a game-high 12 kills against Indiana State.
—The UMBC volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday at the Long Beach State/UC Irvine Invitational, defeating Indiana State, 3-0, after falling to co-host Long Beach State, 3-0.
The Retrievers hit an outstanding .350 in the first set with 15 kills against only one error, getting them off to a good start in the 25-13, 25-17, 25-16 win. For the match, UMBC hit .293, led the Sycamores in kills 43-25 and had twice as many blocks, 8-4.
“We were emotionally fired up for the match against
Freshman outside hitter Naomi Bush (
“Our outsides kept
UMBC’s middle blockers also had a great game, with sophomore Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) hitting .412 with nine kills and six total blocks. Junior Sabrina Hoeks (
“Sabrina had a ton of touches in the middle today,” the coach said. “She slowed down their offense and gave us an opportunity to run a more effective attack.”
“I thought we played very well for being at such a disadvantage in physicality,” Blanchard said. “We weren’t intimidated by playing a five-time national champion, we played aggressively and playing a team of this caliber will help us the rest of the season.”
Blanchard was also pleased with how the trip out to the West Coast is playing out.
“We have some kids from
During the course of the day, three seniors moved up UMBC’s all-time top-10 lists. Oscars moved into sixth all-time in UMBC history with 1,080 career kills, senior Pam Jarrett (
The Retrievers return to action tomorrow when they face co-host #22 UC Irvine at 8 p.m.