Mortimer Leads Volleyball on Offense and Defense in Sweep of UMass Lowell

Mortimer Leads Volleyball on Offense and Defense in Sweep of UMass Lowell
Lowell, Mass. -- Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Mortimer (Queen Anne's, Md./Queen Anne's) set career highs with 12 kills (.500 hitting percentage) and seven blocks as the visiting UMBC Volleyball team swept UMass Lowell (25-9, 25-22, 25-22) in an America East on Sunday afternoon. 
UMBC (13-5, 4-2) held the River Hawks to an .035 hitting percentage with just 21 total kills, as Mortimer and junior Ashley Ramos (Orlando, Fla./Liberty/Monroe JC) combined for 22 kills alone as the Retrievers extended their winning streak to three. 
"Lauren Mortimer had a great match; she was extremely efficient on offense and provided great blocking on defense," said Head Coach Ian Blanchard. "Ashley Ramos also really stepped up for us, and on defense we stepped up as a whole and forced them into a really low hitting efficiency. It's always great to get wins on the road, and being tied for second place in the conference at the halfway mark is always good place to be."
Less than 48 hours after prevously setting career-highs in kills and blocks (11 and six, respectively) in a five-set win at Hartford, Mortimer needed only three sets to eclipse those marks. Sophomore setter Claudia Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina) tallied 35 assists, giving her 94 total for the weekend, and added nine digs.
Sophomore libero Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) had a match-best 14 digs, while Ramos added seven of her own in addition to two aces and four blocks. Junior Abbie Mirabella (Hockessin, Del./St. Mark's) and senior Zoya Trendafilova (Sofia, Bulgaria/Elisaveta Bagryana) each chipped in eight kills.
UMass Lowell (5-16, 0-6) had four players with four kills, and 11 of the 12 River Hawks who appeared in the match recorded a dig.
 
The Retrievers begin the second half of America East play with a road trip to Long Island to face Stony Brook on Friday at 7 p.m.. UMBC rallied for a thrilling five-set victory over the Seawolves on Sept. 23 at The RAC.