Baltimore, Md.—UMBC volleyball returns to the RAC for a pair of weekend matches against Albany and Binghamton. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-1 win against UMass Lowell this past Friday up in Massachusetts. The win moved the Retrievers to 7-9, 1-1 AE on the year.
Albany Match Promotions: Friday is Student Challenge Game Night! There will be a $200 giveaway for Greek Life, Dormitory and Club Sport organizations with the highest attendance. There will also be an intermission contest for a $50 gift card to Peace-A-Pizza. Kids can also get their picture taken with "Slice", the Peace-A-Pizza mascot. Finally, the UMBC Down and Dirty Dawg Band will be performing throughout the night.
Binghamton Match Promotions: The first 100 fans will receive a free UMBC tumbler cup. It's also "Fight Pink Night".
Albany Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-9, 1-1 AE) vs. Albany Great Danes (7-8, 2-1 AE)
When: Friday, Oct.r 9, 4:00 p.m.
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
How to Watch: Live Stats available at umbcretrievers.com
Binghamton Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-9, 1-1 AE) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (4-13, 1-2 AE)
When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m.
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
How to Watch: Live Stats available at umbcretrievers.com, Video at americaeast.tv
Last Time Out:
UMBC picked up their first America East victory of the year, 3-1, at UMass Lowell last Friday. The Retrievers won the first two sets before the River Hawks took set three. The Retrievers won a closely contested 25-23 fourth set to take the match.
Freshman Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton East) was named America East Rookie of the Week following her performance in the match, where she had 17 kills, hitting at a blistering .471. Morgen added seven digs and one block in the match. Senior Krystal Williams (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) had a solid all-around performance, laying down seven kills and a team-best eight blocks. The eight blocks tied the most in a game this season. Sophomore Marissa Duncan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) produced eight against William & Mary on Sept. 19.
Scouting the Great Danes (7-8, 2-1 AE):
Albany sits at 7-8, 2-1 AE on the year, and is coming off a 3-0 sweep of Hartford on Sunday. The Great Danes hit .500 as a team, laying down 39 kills and 13 service aces.
Junior Laini Leindecker leads the offense with 196 kills on the year, averaging 3.38 per set. She has appeared in every match for the Great Danes, chipping in 16 assists and six aces. Not far behind Leindecker is Shannon Hurley, who has 126 kills, good for a 3.07 per set clip. Mikala McCauley sets the table on offense with 507 assists. McCauley is averaging 8.74 assists per set for Albany.
Scouting the Bearcats (4-13, 1-2 AE):
The Bearcats head to Baltimore at 4-13, 1-2 AE on the year and are coming off a 3-0 loss to reigning champions New Hampshire on Sunday. The Bearcats hung tough with the Wildcats, but it was New Hampshire who hung on for the win.
Binghamton has four players with at least 100 kills, led by Gabby Alicea with 143. Alicea is averaging just over two per set, while also leading the team with 12 service aces. Sarah Ngo leads the team with 551 helpers, good for an 8.35 per set average. Ngo has also added 12 aces in 2015.
The Retrievers and Great Danes will meet for the 31st time, with Albany holding a 23-7 advantage in the all-time series. UMBC split with Albany a year ago, as each team won on the other's home court. UMBC took a wild 3-2 win last October in New York, while the Great Danes won 3-0 in Baltimore a month later.
UMBC and Binghamton have met 29 times before Sunday, with the Bearcats leading 18-11 in the all-time series. Binghamton swept the season series last year, and has won four of the last five. The Retrievers last win came at home in 2013, 3-1.
UMBC will head north for two matches next weekend against New Hampshire and Hartford. The match with the Wildcats begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. The Retrievers will finish the road trip against the Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1:00 p.m.
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