Baltimore, Md.—UMBC volleyball picked up a huge victory against Fordham (3-6) on Friday night, 3-0. A trio of Retrievers had ten kills, including freshman Maddie Schneider (Olathe, Kan./Olathe Northwest), and seniors Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) and Krystal Williams (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech).
UMBC (5-4) got out early in the opening stanza taking an 8-3 lead, forcing a Fordham timeout. The Rams would respond, closing the gap to within two at several times. The Ram would take a 21-20 lead late after back-to-back attack errors forcing Coach Blanchard to call for time. However the Retrievers would have the last laugh, as freshman Sammie Coffler (Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) hit back-to-back service aces to take the set, 27-25.
Set two saw each team go back and forth early, with both teams taking turns with the lead. A kill from Williams and another by Schneider gave the Retrievers a 15-13 lead, and forced a Ram timeout after yet another Coffler ace. That would be the turning point as UMBC raced ahead 21-16. But the Rams responded, taking the lead on a UMBC attack error. UMBC would close out the set with kills from Willams and junior Zoya Trendafilova (Sofia, Bulgaria/Elisaveta Bagryana), 25-23.
Both teams struggled in the third to take control, until the Dawgs put together a mini 4-0 run to seize the lead for good. The Retrievers closed out the set on a Trendafilova kill to win the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Schneider, Williams and Walker ended the night with ten kills apiece. Freshman Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) paced the offense with 35 assists, adding eight digs. Classmate Carola De Jesus (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina) led the squad with 18 digs.
The Retrievers close out the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12 against Coppin State. First serve with the Eagles is set for 5:30 p.m.