Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC volleyball team picked up their second consecutive victory with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-12, 16-25, 25-19) against Stony Brook on Sunday. Freshman Maddie Schneider (Olathe, Kan./Olathe Northwest) led the attack with 12 kills, adding in four blocks on the day. The win moves the Retrievers to 10-11, 4-3 AE on the year.
"This was a great team win. We continue to build momentum and are maturing every day," Head Coach Ian Blanchard stated after the win. "It was a great atmosphere today, and an honor to host a Wounded Warrior match. We are grateful for the men and women who sacrifice so much for the freedoms we have. We are honored and humbled to play for them today."
The Retrievers opened the match in a tight back and forth battle with the Seawolves (10-15, 4-3 AE). Both sides battled for the lead as there were nine lead changes in the set. But it was a 6-0 run that gave the Retrievers the lead for good. Sophomore Marissa Duncan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) sparked the run with two of her nine blocks on the day. UMBC would go on to win 25-22.
UMBC dominated the second stanza from the get-go. The Retrievers held the lead the whole way through the set, with their biggest lead coming at 17-7. UMBC would win the set 25-12 after a blocking error by the Seawolves to give UMBC a 2-0 lead at the break.
Stony Brook came out of the gates in the third set, pushing ahead 14-9 forcing a UMBC timeout. The Retrievers would try to cut into the deficit, but Stony Brook took the third set, 25-16.
UMBC would get five kills to open the fourth set, forcing the Seawolves into an early timeout. Stony Brook would get to within one, but a kill from senior Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) would get the final kill to take the set 25-19 and the match 3-1.
Schneider led the way with 12 kills and four blocks. Classmate Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton East) reached double digits with 11 kills, adding two aces, five digs and five blocks. Duncan had nine blocks, the most of any Retriever in a game this year.
"Marissa (Duncan) stepped up for us today at the net. We continue to get solid play from Makenzie Morgen, and Maddie (Schneider) showed her versatility today, being able to play all over the court," Blanchard would go on to say. He continued, "Carola (De Jesus) had a great game on the back line. She is starting to take control of the back line for us."
The Retrievers continue their home stand with a Sunday matchup with UMass Lowell on November 1. First serve with the River Hawks is slated for 1:00 p.m.