UMBC Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season This Weekend Against Hartford and New Hampshire

UMBC Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season This Weekend Against Hartford and New Hampshire

Hartford Game Notes | UNH Game Notes

Baltimore, Md.—The Retrievers host Hartford and New Hampshire on the final weekend of the regular season. The two matches with the Hawks and Wildcats will have playoff implications, as the Retrievers are fighting with Stony Brook and Binghamton for the final two playoff spots in the upcoming championships. UMBC will honor their three seniors; Paige Miller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley), Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) and Krystal Williams (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) prior to the match with New Hampshire on Sunday.

Hartford Match Info:

What: UMBC vs. Hartford Hawks

When: Friday, Nov. 13 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Promos: Fan Guess-timation Night; First 100 fans receive UMBC Athletics Bag, courtesy of EmbroidMe

How to Watch: Video at americaeast.tv and Live Stats at umbcretrievers.com

 

New Hampshire Match Info:

What: UMBC vs. New Hampshire Wildcats

When: Sunday, Nov. 15 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Promos: Senior Day; RAC Out-Black Out; First 100 fans receive a t-shirt

How to Watch: Video at americaeast.tv and Live Stats at umbcretrievers.com

Last Time Out:

UMBC dropped a pair of matches this past weekend to Binghamton and Albany. The Retrievers fell, 3-1, to the Bearcats and 3-0 to the Great Danes. Freshman Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton East) had another big week, recording a double-double (17 kills, 11 digs) versus Binghamton, while adding seven kills against Albany in losses.

Retriever Update:

UMBC has lost their last two, and are 3-2 over a five game span. The team enters the weekend at 11-13, 5-5 AE on the year. The Retrievers have amassed more conference wins and overall wins than they did last season. They have eclipsed the ten win mark for the 11th time under Head Coach Ian Blanchard.

Morgen  leads the team on offense with 265 kills. She is averaging a team best 3.08 per set and has seven double-doubles, including a stretch of three straight from October 9-16. A pair of Retrievers handles the setting duties in freshman Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) and red-shirt freshman Claudia Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina). Lopez leads the team with 390 helpers while Negron is right behind her with 351.

At the net, sophomore Marissa Duncan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) has had a breakout campaign, leading UMBC with 72 total blocks. Duncan has contributed 56 kills and three aces on the year.

Scouting the Hawks:

Hartford enters the match at 2-24, 1-9 AE on the year, after knocking off UMass Lowell, 3-0, for their first conference win of the season.  

Paulina Modestow and Katy Henchy lead the attack with 247 and 222 kills each. Both Modestow and Henchy average over two kills per set, with Modestow averaging 2.84 while Henchy lays down 2.55. Astrid Mangual sets the table on offense for the Hawks, leading the team with 656 assists. The sophomore is averaging 7.43 helpers a set.

Scouting the Wildcats:

New Hampshire enters the weekend at 17-8, 9-1 AE and are a half game back of Albany for first in the conference. The Wildcats defeated UMass Lowell, 3-0, last weekend, holding the River Hawks to a .081 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats are led by Tori Forrest and Demi Muses on offense. Forrest leads the attack with 257 kills, laying down 2.99 per set. Muses has been solid in her own right, with 245 winners and a team best 56 blocks. Keelin Severtson has been the main setter for the Wildcats all year, leading the squad with 831 assists, good for 9.44 per set.  The junior paces the Wildcats with 47 aces, good for a 0.53 average.

All-Time Series:

UMBC and Hartford will be meeting for the 28th time in the all-time series. The Retrievers have won two of the past three, including a 3-0 win in West Hartford in October. The Dawgs have won four of the last five contests played at the RAC.

The Retrievers and Wildcats have met 26 times prior to Sunday, with New Hampshire holding a firm 17-9 advantage. UNH has won the eight meetings, dating back to 2012.

Vote Makenzie Morgen for AE Fan's Choice Player of the Year!

Freshman Makenzie Morgen is UMBC's nominee for the America East Fan's Choice Player of the Year. Fans have until Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon to vote for Makenzie. Head to AEFansChoice.com to vote for Morgen.

Freshmen Leading the Way:

Comprising 58% of the Retriever roster, the freshman class has come in and made an immediate impact in 2015. Led by a pair of outside hitters in Makenzie Morgen (Appleton, Wisc./Appleton) and Maddie Schneider (Olathe, Kan./Olathe Northwest), the Retrievers currently sit in the final spot for the America East Tournament. Both Morgen and Schneider have won America East Rookie of the Week twice. Joining Schneider and Morgen are setter Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) and libero Carola De Jesus (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina).

As a whole, ten of the eleven has seen action this year.

On the Horizon:

The Retrievers are battling Stony Brook and Binghamton for the final two playoff spots. UMBC will wait to see what their fate is depending on how the final games of the regular season shake out.