Nov 03, 2016
The UMBC Volleyball team (14-7, 5-3) hits the road for the final time in the 2016 regular season when it travels to upstate New York to face Binghamton and Albany this weekend. The Retrievers will be in Binghamton for a Friday 7 p.m. match, and then will make the short trek to Albany for a Sunday 2 p.m. affair.
UMBC has been off since falling in four sets to New Hampshire on Sunday at the RAC. Outside hitters Abbie Mirabella (Hockessin, Del./St. Mark's) and Zoya Trendafilova (Sofia, Bulgaria/Elisaveta Bagryana) tallied 11 kills each, Mirabella added nine digs, Trendafilova had four, and both finished with two blocks. Setter Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) had the Retrievers lone double-double, pitching in 26 assists and 13 digs to go with three kills and a block, while countrymate and fellow setter Claudia Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina) added 18 assists and four digs. Sophomore libero Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) finished with 20 kills, her 10th match this season with reaching that number.
Scouting Binghamton (12-11, 6-3): The Bearcats enter the match on a four-match win streak, winning 12 of 13 sets in the process. BU's last conference loss was a sweep at the hands of the Retrievers in Baltimore on October 9th.
Freshman Lauren Kornmann is having a stellar rookie campaign for Binghamton, leading the team in kills (251) and kills per set (3.26). Setter Sarah Ngo paces the Bearcats in assists with 725 (9.42 per set), while Bailey Walker has 383 digs, which is good for 4.67 digs per set.
Scouting Albany (14-7, 8-1): The America East-leading Great Danes head into the weekend having won 12 of their last 13 matches. Albany got off to a 6-0 start in conference play before being swept at home by Binghamton on October 21st. Then, they quickly rebounded with road wins at Hartford (3-0) and UMass Lowell (3-2) last weekend.
Laini Leindecker is the offensive catalyst for the Great Danes, leading the team in kills (252) and kills per set (3.04), and ranks second in digs with 258 (3.11 per set). Setter Mikala McCauley has a team-high 613 assists (8.40 per set), while libero Nicole Otero leads in digs (392) and digs per set (4.96)