ALBANY, N.Y.—Junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) hit .714 with 10 kills and no errors as the third-seeded UMBC volleyball team defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15, to advance to the America East Championship Saturday at 7 p.m. The Retrievers (12-16) will face No. 1 Albany, who defeated No. 4 Stony Brook, 3-2, in the other semifinal.
"We did an excellent job of executing the game plan tonight," head coach Ian Blanchard said. "We had strong performances from a lot of different people and I'm proud of a complete team effort tonight.
Kennedy's .714 hitting percentage broke the America East tournament record for hitting in a match, which has stood since 1993. The junior also added five blocks as she moved into a tie for the fourth-most assisted blocks in a season with 89 and sixth in total blocks with 107.
Senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills), a 2010 America East All-Conference First Team selection, hit nine kills while adding 12 digs and two aces. Junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper), a second team All-Conference honoree, posted 38 assists.
UMBC's two All-Rookie team members, Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) and Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) each had strong outings with Carter earning a game-high 15 digs and Goc recording a double-double with a game-high 11 kills and 14 digs.
Two other Retrievers hit over .300, with sophomore Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Sinclair) hitting .333 with six kills and seven digs, and freshman Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) hitting .385 with six kills.
For the match, UMBC outhit Binghamton (14-14), .324 to .135 and earned 44 kills to the Bearcats' 31.