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Team Effort Leads Volleyball to Sweep of Stony Brook
Hannah Schmidt notched her eighth double-double of the season
BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) and junior Emily Vandegrift (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) each recorded double-digit kills and junior Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) scooped up a team-best 16 digs, as the UMBC volleyball team swept Stony Brook 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-19), Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
In addition to her team-high 11 kills, Schmidt picked up 12 digs for her third straight and eighth overall double-double of the season. Vandegrift added ten kills and senior Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair) nearly equaled Schmidt’s double-double, finishing with nine kills and nine digs, respectively.
Junior Evann Slaughter led Stony Brook (7-12, 2-4 America East) with a match-high 14 kills while freshman Melissa Rigo notched 11 winners.
UMBC (10-13, 3-3 America East) took control of the first set from the start, jumping out to a 4-1 lead and extending it to 7-2 on a setting error. The Seawolves fought back, however, and got to within one point at 21-20, but the Retrievers responded by claiming four out of the next six points to win the opening frame 25-22.
In the second set, UMBC once again staked to an early lead 11-7, but once again the visitors came back, this time all the way, tying the set at 18-18. From there, neither team could pull away as the squads were tied a total of 12 occasions in the set, exchanging the lead five times. Stony Brook pushed the Retrievers to the brink by taking a 25-24 lead on an attack error, but three straight points, including two kills by Schmidt, gave the hosts a 27-25 set win.
The final set nearly equaled the second in tense moments with UMBC forced to make the comeback this time. Down 5-1 in the early going, the Retrievers ran off four straight points for the second of ten ties. Even play again led to neither team being able to take a lead larger than two and UMBC knotted the set at 19 on a kill by Loynchan. That point was the beginning of the end as UMBC claimed the next six points to sweep Stony Brook with a 25-19 third set victory.
UMBC returns to the court on Friday when the squad hosts America East rival Binghamton at the RAC for its Dig Pink contest. Donations to Retrievers’ Dig Pink campaign will be accepted on the Side-Out Foundation’s website. Action between the Retrievers and Bearcats is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
- With the win the Retrievers snap a five-match win streak by Stony Brook in the series. The Seawolves still lead the all-time series 11-9.
- Schmidt has recorded a double-double in four of UMBC’s six America East contests and now has 216 kills and 216 digs this season.
- UMBC outhit Stony Brook .214-.116 and registered 15 total blocks compared to six for the Seawolves.