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Defense Reigns as Volleyball Defeats Rhode Island, William and Mary Friday
Junior Katie Kelly
PHILADELPHIA—The UMBC volleyball team swept a pair of matches on the opening day of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West / Penn Invitational, defeating
In the first match of the day, the Retrievers (10-4) limited
“On a day when we didn’t particularly hit very well, we defended and blocked extremely well,” head coach Ian Blanchard said. “It was a another grind-it-out game and I was pleased that we were able to bounce back after dropping the third set.”
Sophomore Hallie Carter (
In UMBC’s second match of the day, the Retrievers’ defense was again on display, holding William and Mary (4-5) to a .021 hitting percentage in a 28-26, 25-14, 25-16 triumph.
“We moved some people around the lineup and it was good to see them step up when given the opportunity to play,” Blanchard said.
Four Retrievers recorded double-digit digs, including Carter, Loynachan and Spaay, but sophomore Ali Goc (
The Retrievers return to action Saturday when they face the host Quakers at 1 p.m. in the final day of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West / Penn Invitational.