BALTIMORE—The UMBC volleyball team concluded the 2010 regular season on a high note, defeating Providence, 25-9, 25-17, 25-17, Sunday at the RAC Arena. With the win, the Retrievers (11-16, 7-5 America East) clinch the third seed for the America East Championships and will face No. 2 Binghamton in the semifinals on Friday.
The Retrievers dominated the action the entire match, hitting an outstanding .330, while holding the Friars to a .067 hitting percentage. UMBC also led in service aces, 13-3, and digs, 49-34.
Freshman Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) led all hitters with nine kills and no errors, hitting .450 for the day, while adding nine digs.
Senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) hit a UMBC season-high seven service aces in her final home game, while adding seven kills and a game-high 14 digs. In the first set, Hoeks served four points in a row and five out of six serves to propel the Retrievers to a 25-9 opening set win.
Senior Bianca Sande (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines) recorded five kills and three digs in the third set in her final home appearance for the Retrievers.
The Retrievers will find out their opponent for the America East Semifinals later on Sunday. Stay tuned to UMBCRetrievers.com for updated tournament information.