Baltimore, Md.—UMBC volleyball heads to first-place New Hampshire and Hartford this weekend for the final two matches of the first round of conference play. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-1 win against Binghamton on Sunday. The win propelled UMBC to an 8-10, 2-2 AE record.
New Hampshire Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (8-10, 2-2 AE) at New Hampshire Wildcats (12-7, 4-0 AE)
When: Friday, October 16 * 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lundholm Gymnasium – Durham, N.H.
How to Watch: Live Stats available at unhwildcats.com, Video at americaeast.tv
Hartford Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (8-10, 2-2 AE) at Hartford Hawks (0-19, 0-4 AE)
When: Sunday, October 18 * 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hartford Volleyball Gym – West Hartford, Conn.
How to Watch: Live Stats available at hartfordhawks.com, Video at americaeast.tv
Last Time Out:
The Retrievers split a pair of home matches last weekend, falling to Albany 3-2 before defeating Binghamton 3-1 on Sunday. The Retrievers got a huge performance from freshman outside hitter Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton East). Morgen finished the weekend with 30 kills and 21 digs, earning her second straight America East Rookie of the Week distinction.
UMBC and Albany took turns winning sets, but it was the Great Danes who ultimately won the decisive fifth set, 15-12. The Retrievers turned around on Sunday winning the opening two stanzas against the Bearcats. Binghamton would take the third set, but the Retrievers settled down winning the fourth to take the match.
Scouting the Wildcats (12-7, 4-0 AE):
New Hampshire sits at 12-7, 4-0 AE on the year, having won their last six matches. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-0 victory against UMass Lowell on Sunday. UNH has not dropped a set in conference play in 2015.
Demi Muses and Tori Forrest lead the charge on offense with 201 and 197 kills apiece. Muses, the reigning AE Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is averaging 3.00 winners a set, adding 22 aces. Forrest has chipped in 191 digs, good for second on the team. Keelin Severtson paces the Wildcat attack with 609 assists. She averages 8.89 assists per set while also leading the team with 34 aces.
Scouting the Hawks (0-19, 0-4 AE):
Hartford comes into the weekend at 0-19, 0-4 AE on the year, and are coming off a 3-1 loss to Iona on Monday. The Hawks won the first set, 25-18, but the Gaels rallied to win the next three to take the set. The last America East contest came against UMass Lowell where the Hawks dropped a 2-3 decision on Friday.
The Hawks have a pair of player with over 100 kills in Paulina Modestow and Katy Henchy. Modestow leads the squad with 162 kills, averaging 2.53 per set while Henchy is right behind her with 140. Modestow is second on the team with 15 service aces. Astrid Mangual sets the pace on offense with 360 assists. She is averaging 6.79 helpers per set with eight aces.
The Retrievers and Wildcats have met 25 times prior to Friday's matchup, with New Hampshire owning a 16-9 lead all-time. Recently, the Wildcats have won the past seven matches, including two 3-0 sweeps last year. The last Retriever win came back on Nov. 4, 2011, when UMBC swept UNH at home.
Hartford and UMBC have met 26 times all-time, with UMBC holding a 22-4 advantage. Last year, each team won on the other's home court. The Retrievers have been victorious in five of the past eight and are 8-3 in road contests against the Hawks.
UMBC will return to Baltimore for a single match against Stony Brook on Sunday, Oct. 25. First serve with the Seawolves is set for 1:00 p.m.
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