Volleyball Wins Third Straight America East Match with Four-Set Win at Providence

Junior Allie Spaay
Junior Allie Spaay

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The UMBC volleyball team won its third straight America East contest, defeating Providence 25-15, 21-25, 25-15 and 25-12 Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Retrievers improve to 8-12 and 4-2 in conference play, while the Friars fall to 9-16 and 1-4 in AEC play.


"I'm really proud of our effort today, especially coming off such an emotional five-set win at New Hampshire yesterday," head coach Ian Blanchard.


The Retrievers were once again led by junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper), who had a UMBC season-high 50 assists along with 14 digs. In two matches this weekend, Spaay recorded 95 assists and 44 assists.


"Allie had probably her best weekend of her UMBC career," Blanchard said. "She was outstanding all weekend long."


Junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) hit .350 with 11 kills, while senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) recorded 16 kills and eight digs.


Two freshmen, Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) and Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate), each tallied double-doubles. Carter had 15 digs and 10 kills, while Goc recorded 14 digs and 10 kills.


"Hallie was one of our unsung heroes today," Blanchard said. "When we made the switch to move her to outside in the third set, she played great and let Ali (Goc) focus on playing outstanding defense."


The Retrievers outhit the Friars, .253 to .134, while tallying six service aces to Providence's two.


UMBC returns to action Wednesday for its final non-conference match of the season, taking on American Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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