VESTAL, N.Y.—The UMBC volleyball team won its fourth consecutive America East contest Friday night and earned its first ever regular season sweep of Binghamton, defeating the Bearcats 26-24, 25-17 and 25-15. With the win, the Retrievers (9-13, 5-2 America East) move into a tie for first place with Albany, who they play Sunday at 1 p.m.
"This is a very big win for us," head coach Ian Blanchard said. "I'm so proud of our ladies. We got contributions from everyone and played with a lot of energy and composure."
Junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) led the Retrievers, hitting .500 with seven kills and no errors, while recording a career-high and UMBC season-high 10 total blocks. Junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) assisted on five blocks and directed the offense with 29 assists.
Both Retriever outside hitters, senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) and freshman Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison), recorded double-doubles. Hoeks tallied 10 kills and 13 digs, while Carter posted 12 kills and 10 digs.
The Retrievers outhit Binghamton (10-13, 5-3 AEC), .304 to .143 and led the battle it digs, 43-37. Led by Kennedy, UMBC recorded 10 blocks to the Bearcats' four.
UMBC plays at Albany Sunday at 1 p.m.