Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC volleyball team will welcome Eastern Michigan University and Coppin State University to the RAC for the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament. The sixth edition of the annual event will pit the Retrievers against EMU on Friday, and Coppin State on Saturday with EMU and Coppin State facing off Saturday.
All matches will be played at the RAC on campus, according to the schedule below. Live Stats and video will be available for each UMBC match.
The tournament is played in honor of Madison Bingaman, a recruit who was tragically killed in an automobile accident prior to her arrival on campus. The tournament, now in its sixth consecutive year, honors Madison and her family.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC heads into the weekend, after dropping three matches at the BYU Invitational last weekend. The Retrievers fell 3-0 in each of the matches out in Provo, Utah.
Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) paced the Retriever attack out west with 25 kills over the three contests. Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) chipped in 18 kills along with six blocks.
Junior setter Paige Miller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) is in second with an 8.87 assists per set percentage. Three Retrievers lead the league in service aces. Freshman Abbie Mirabella (Hockessin, Del./St. Mark's) sits atop the America East with 14 service aces, while Mlemchukwu (11) and Schmidt (10) are second and third respectively.
Scouting Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan comes into the contest at 5-2 on the year out of the MAC.
The Eagles are led by Stacey Perinar, who has laid down 84 kills on the season, good for a 2.90 kills per set average. Corynne Smith leads the way with 110 digs, the most of any Eagle.
EMU comes in riding a two game winning streak, with 3-0 wins against Northern Kentucky and IPFW.
All-Time Series: The Retrievers have won the only meeting with Eastern Michigan. UMBC has faced the Eagles just once, winning 3-2 back in 2008.
Scouting Coppin State
Coppin State enters the tournament at 4-4 on the year out of the MEAC.
Cindy Okpegbue paces the Eagle offense with 143 winners, second most in all of Division I. That is good for a blistering 4.52 kills per set average. Not to be outdone is Ariel Richard. Richard has 98 kills through their seven matches, along with six service aces.
The Eagles come in having most recently dropped a 3-0 decision to American University on Wednesday. Okpegbue had 12 winners for the Eagles in the contest.
All-Time Series: The Eagles and Retrievers have met 15 times prior to this weekend, with UMBC holding a staunch 14-0-1 record. UMBC has won the previous five meetings all by a score of 3-0. The lone tie came back in 1973, when the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
On the Horizon:
Next up the Retrievers will head back out west, as they take part in the two day Wildcat Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. UMBC will take on Tulane (3:30 pm est.) and Coppin State (7:30 pm est.) on Friday, September 19. The Retrievers will close out the event against #21 Arizona on Saturday, September 20 at 3:30 pm EST.
Friday, September 12
7:00 p.m. – Eastern Michigan vs. UMBC
Saturday, September 13
12:00 p.m. – Coppin State vs. Eastern Michigan
3:00 p.m. – Coppin State vs. UMBC