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Kennedy and Tolliver Power Retrievers Past Friars in Dig Pink Game, 3-0
Iman Kennedy recorded 11 kills and four block assists
BALTIMORE – Senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) notched 11 kills and freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) recorded double digit kills for the fifth straight contest, this time with 12, to lead the UMBC volleyball team past Providence 25-15, 25-15, 25-20 Friday night at the RAC Arena during the team’s Dig Pink match.
With the win, the Retrievers (12-9, 2-4 AE) ended a three game losing streak as well as climbing above the Friars (6-16, 1-4 AE) in the America East standings. The straight set win was the Retrievers’ ninth 3-0 win of the year.
Kennedy, who ranks second in school history in career assisted blocks, added four more to bump her totals to 254 and move within 45 of the all-time record holder Kara Welniak (1997-2000).
Senior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) continued to add to her impressive career stats registering 31 assists on the night while also digging seven balls.
After edging to a 12-9 lead midway through the first set, UMBC took control with a 9-0 run highlighted by two kills and a service ace from sophomore Emily Vandegrift (Leesbrug, Va./Loudoun County). Trading points from there, the Retrievers closed out the set on an ace from Tolliver to take it 25-15. Freshman Megan Groess(Encinitas, Calif/La Costa Canyon) notched four kills in the set and seven for the macth.
The Friars put up a fight in the second set, but with the score at 17-13 UMBC went on a 8-2 stretch to close out the set, once again winning 25-15.
The third set saw five lead changes and seven tie scores, but eventually the hitting and blocking of the senior Kennedy pulled the home team to victory. During the final set Kennedy notched two block assists and six kills, including the match winner.
The Retrievers hit .350 for the match recording 40 kills while limiting the Friars to just .109 hitting on 29 kills.
Shelagh Dolan provided the bright spot for the Friars recording 10 kills while hitting .526 for the match.
The Retrievers head back out on the road for a three game swing beginning with a match at Stony Brook next Saturday, Oct. 22 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Seawolves took the earlier meeting between the two teams in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Baltimore.