Coach Blanchard Picks Up Career Win 150; Retrievers Down UMass Lowell 3-0

Coach Blanchard Picks Up Career Win 150; Retrievers Down UMass Lowell 3-0


Lowell, Mass.-- The UMBC volleyball team took home a 3-0 victory on Sunday. Head coach Ian Blanchard picked up his 150th win of his career with the win on Sunday. UMBC moves to 10-11, 4-4 AE on the year. 

The Retrievers found themselves down early on in the first before junior Sherelle Walker(New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) put together three kills to distance the sleeve from the River Hawks. Walker and the Retrievers would keep that lead, until a 4-0 run late put the set away. Freshman Paola Rojas (San Loerenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) had two blocks on the run, ended by senior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales), who laid down a kill. 

The second stanza saw the Retrievers and River Hawks go back and forth with neither team gaining a distinct advantage. Junior Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) took control with a kill, followed by a pair of Rojas winners to take a 15-10 lead. UMass Lowell would fight back, cutting the lead to 18-16 forcing a Retriever timeout. Back and forth the two would go, before UMBC finished off the set with a 25-22.  

The final stanza saw the Retrievers jump out ahead early. Mlemchukwu and Walker led the charge, pushing UMBC out to a 9-1 lead. Walker finished off the match with a kill, winning the set 25-13 and the match 3-0. 

Mlemchukwu lead the charge with 12 kills on the day. Walker chipped in ten for the Retrievers and one block. Schmidt added nine winners for UMBC in the win. 

UMBC returns home next weekend in pivotal America East matchups. The Retrievers take on Stony Brook at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, before facing Hartford on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.