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Volleyball Defeats Norfolk State, Falls to Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday
Sophomore Hallie Carter
BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament Saturday, defeating Norfolk State, 3-0, after falling to Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2, earlier in the day.
The Retrievers (8-4) hit .309 as a team against the Spartans and controlled the entire match using a different lineup than the earlier match against the Knights, winning 25-18, 25-17, 25-13.
“We wanted to give some different people a look and I was happy to see up bounce back with energy,” head coach Ian Blanchard said. “We responded very well after a not-so-good outing against Fairleigh Dickinson.”
Sophomore Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) once again led the Retrievers with two double-doubles on the day, including 14 kills and 12 digs against NSU. Junior Katie Kelly (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar) hit .714 with five kills and six blocks in the middle, while sophomore Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) hit .375.
“Hallie had a fantastic tournament and I thought Katie and Emily in the middle were big keys for us defeating Norfolk State,” Blanchard said.
Against Fairleigh Dickinson, the Retrievers were unable to capitalize on a one-set lead or keep the momentum after forcing a decisive fifth set, falling 15-25, 25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 15-11 to the Knights.
Carter and freshman Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales), UMBC’s two members of the All-Tournament Team, combined for 35 kills and 24 blocks.
The Retrievers return to action next weekend for the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia.
Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team
Sarah Berkland – MVP – Fairleigh Dickinson
Meaghan Wheeler – Fairleigh Dickinson
Hallie Carter – UMBC
Hannah Schmidt – UMBC
Charlotte Armstead – Norfolk State
Missy Hundelt – Youngstown State