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Volleyball Set to Take on Top-Seed Albany on Friday in America East Semis
Iman Kennedy had a career record 21 kills against Providence
Cambridge, Mass. – The UMBC volleyball team earned the fourth seed and will take on top-seeded and tournament host Albany this Friday at 7 p.m. in the America East Championships Semifinal, the conference announced Monday. These two teams met a year ago in the conference title match with the Great Danes sweeping the contest, 3-0.
The Retrievers (16-11, 6-6 America East) won their final four matches of the regular season, including Sunday’s 3-2 thriller over Providence to clinch a spot in the conference tournament. Against the Friars, senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) notched a career-high 21 kills while classmate Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) set a career mark with 67 assists.
The Retrievers and Great Danes have already met twice this season in conference play with Albany winning both encounters. The two teams battled to a fifth set here in Baltimore before Albany stole the road win. In the rematch, Albany swept UMBC behind Casey Wright’s 16 kills.
The winner of the Albany-UMBC contest will take on the winner of the tournament’s other semifinal match between No. 2 seed New Hampshire and No. 3 seed Stony Brook. The match between the Wildcats and Seawolves is set for 4 p.m. at Albany’s University Gymnasium. The America East title, and the rights to a spot in the NCAA tournament, will be contested for on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.