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Volleyball Falls in Five Sets at Stony Brook, 3-2
Hallie Carter recorded double digit digs for the 17th time this year
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The UMBC volleyball team lost in five sets to America East rival Stony Brook, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Both contests between the two schools have gone to five sets with the Seawolves winning both matchups.
Senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) led the way for the Retrievers, finishing the match with 17 kills while sophomore Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md,/Mount de Sales) recorded 10 kills.
The teams met in Baltimore back on Sept. 23 with the Seawolves (12-9, 5-2 AE) stealing the win on the road to open both teams’ conference schedules.
The Retrievers (12-10, 2-5 AE) came in to the match trying to establish their first conference winning streak of the year after downing Providence 3-0 last Friday.
UMBC came out swinging, taking an early 11-6 lead behind two kills each from Kennedy and freshman Megan Groess (Encinitas, Calif/La Costa Canyon). The teams traded off runs and points throughout the set, but eventually the Retrievers held off a late Stony Brook comeback to take the first set 25-22.
The second set saw Stony Brook take the initiative, leading 10-6 early on. UMBC got back into the set behind a combined .259 team hitting percentage, pulling to within one point at 23-22. The two teams then traded points and Stony Brook leveled the match taking the second set 25-23.
The third set was a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than four points. The Seawolves looked poised to take a 2-1 lead, but the Retrievers pulled off a 5-0 run to close out the set and take it 25-22 on a kill from junior Katie Kelly (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar).
Stony Brook struck back again in the fourth set using s decisive 4-1 swing to once again level the contest.
The fifth set mirrored the rest of the match as neither squad held an advantage greater than three. After the Retrievers pulled back to move within one point at 14-13, the Seawolves won the match on a kill from Alicia Nelson.
Senior setter Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis/Kenosha Tremper) recorded her 11th double-double of the year finishing the match with 47 assists and 13 digs. Emily Vandegrift (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) and sophomore Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) also picked up double digit digs registering 14 and 13 respectively.
The Retrievers have close to a week off before traveling to take on conference rival Albany next Friday, Oct. 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Albany defeated UMBC 3-2 back on Oct. 2 at the RAC Arena.