Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC freshman Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton East) led the way with 15 kills and seven digs as the Retriever volleyball squad defeated Morgan State, 3-1, in their first contest of the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament.
The Retrievers (4-4) started out strong by going on a 5-0 run to make it 6-1 early in the the first set. Morgan State (1-8) answered back late in the first set by virtue of an attacking error by UMBC, starting the Lady Bears on a 3-0 run and forcing the hosts to take a timeout. UMBC ended the game by taking four of the last five points of the game and triumphed, 25-20.
Both teams tried to spark something early in the fourth game, as Morgan State took an early 7-4 lead, but the Retrievers bounced back and took control late in the set to prevail, 25-22.
Schneider finished the match with 12 kills and 4 digs and Williams added 10 kills.
The Retrievers return to action later this evening at 7 p.m. for a match-up against Fordham in the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament at RAC Arena.