Baltimore, Md.—The Retrievers will head on their final road trip of the regular season, when they head to New Hampshire and UMass Lowell this weekend. UMBC sits at 9-10, 3-3 AE and are looking to make a push for one of the four spots in the America East Championships this weekend.
Last Time Out:
UMBC split their matches in the Empire State, as the Retrievers downed Albany 3-2 before falling to Binghamton 3-0. Senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) registered her 1,000th kill against the Bearcats, becoming just the eighth person all-time to do so. Junior Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) led the team against Albany recording a career high 31 kills in the win.
Scouting the Retrievers (9-10, 3-3 AEC):
UMBC comes into the matches at 9-10, 3-3 AE on the year, having split their last two matches with a win against Albany (3-2) and a loss to Binghamton (3-0). The Retrievers are 4-4 in road games this year.
Redshirt junior Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) leads the team with 198 kills, good for 3.00 a set. Schmidt is a close second with 167 kills, good for a 2.39 clip.
Junior Paige Miller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) paces the squad with 632 assists on the year. Miller sits in fourth in the conference with 8.84 assists per set.
Welcome to the Club Hannah:
Senior outside hitter Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) climbed into eighth in all-time kills with 1,005, following her 17 kills this past weekend. She trails UMBC great Rehena Rentuma by 59 for seventh place. Hannah also recorded her 1,000th kill this past weekend, becoming just the eighth Retriever all time to do so. Schmidt also sits in seventh place in career attempts with 2,994. She is just 178 away from sixth place.
The Retrievers have played 15 of their 19 matches this season away from the friendly confines of the RAC. In those 15 games (eight away, seven neutral), UMBC is a combined 8-7 (4-4 away, 4-3 neutral). The Retrievers will finish up the year with six of their final ten matches coming at home.
During the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Retrievers traveled over 9,000 miles between all 11 matches away from the RAC. UMBC traveled to UMES for the Hawks Hullabaloo Tournament to open the season, before heading to the Rocky Mountains to take part in the BYU Tournament in Provo, Utah. Most recently, the team went to the Arizona desert to participate in the Wildcat Classic and finished up the road swing at Howard.
UMBC has taken on three teams that were nationally ranked so far this year. The Retrievers played then No. 12 BYU and No. 3 Washington at the BYU Invitational before taking on No. 15 Arizona at the Wildcat Classic.
Scouting the Wildcats (12-11, 5-1 AEC):
New Hampshire comes into the match with UMBC at 12-11, 5-1 AE on the year, having won their last three matches.
Tori Forrest and Abby Brinkman led the charge offensively for the Wildcats. Forrest comes in with 220 kills on the year, averaging 3.01 kills per set. Brinkman has laid down 195 winners, averaging 2.41 per set.
Taylor Dunklau has been the main setter all year for New Hampshire. Taylor has 732 assists on the year, averaging 9.51 per set. She sits at second in the conference in both average and total assists.
This will be the 25th all-time meeting between the two schools. New Hampshire hold a stout 15-9 advantage, with 14 of those wins coming in conference play. The Wildcats took the first match of the year, 3-0 at the RAC on October 12. UNH has also won the previous six matches in the series.
Scouting the River Hawks (2-21, 0-6 AEC):
UMass Lowell will enter the match at 2-21, 0-6 in America East play this year. The River Hawks are coming off a 3-0 loss to Stony Brook this past weekend. This will be just the fourth home match all year for UMass Lowell.
Ella Merrill leads the team 199 kills this season. Merrill is hitting at a 2.55 clip. Masha Yelsukova sits in second on the team with 177, hitting at 2.42 per set.
Kylee Chun is the main set up man for the River Hawks. Chun has dished out 567 helpers so far this year, and is averaging 7.27 per set.
UMBC holds a 3-0 lead in the short series with the River Hawks. UMBC won 3-1 back on October 10 at the RAC. The Retrievers have surrendered just one set in the three matchups.
On The Horizon:
UMBC returns to the RAC for a weekend double dip against Stony Brook and Hartford on October 31 and November 2. The Retrievers will take on the Seawolves at 7:00 p.m. on Halloween, before taking on the Hawks at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.