BALTIMORE—Junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) hit .438 with 17 kills and five blocks to lead the UMBC volleyball team to its first America East win of the season, as the Retrievers defeated rival Binghamton, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 at the RAC Arena Sunday.
"Iman did everything well today," head coach Ian Blanchard said. "She blocked really well and was outstanding hitting the ball. When she plays like that, we have a great chance of success."
After the Retrievers dropped the first set 25-23, they hit over .300 for the rest of the match. After controlling the second, 25-15, the third and fourth sets featured many lead changes and ties, but UMBC prevailed 25-20 and 25-21.
"We were able to keep our composure during the third and fourth sets when they were close," Blanchard said. "We kept to our game plan and limited our errors."
Three Retrievers had double-doubles, including junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper), who had a UMBC season-high 45 assists to go along with 15 digs. Senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) added 13 kills and 15 digs, while freshman Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) recorded 11 kills and 13 digs.
UMBC outhit Binghamton, .265-.145, and had 10 blocks to the Bearcats' three.
The Retrievers return to action Friday night against Stony Brook at the RAC at 7 p.m.