Baltimore, MD – Junior setter Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) posted two double-doubles as the UMBC Volleyball team won two matches on the first day of competition in the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charm City Challenge at Loyola's Reitz Arena on Friday afternoon.
UMBC (4-5) first defeated the Morgan State Lady Bears (1-8) in straight sets, 25-23, 25-19, 27-25. The second match saw the Retrievers top Presbyterian (2-6) in four sets, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15.
Negron turned in strong performances in both matches. In the Morgan State sweep, she recorded a double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs. Then, versus Presbyterian, Negron posted 49 of the team's 54 assists along with 11 digs.
Against Morgan State, the Retrievers received good work from freshman Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's) and Lauren Mortimer (Queen Anne's, Md./Queen Anne's). Freeman recorded nine kills and a team-high 13 digs, while Mortimer provided a team-best 10 kills.
The first set saw neither team lead by more than three, with the lead changing hands eight times. The Retrievers went on a 6-2 run late to take the set, which included kills from Freeman, Mortimer, Paola Rojas (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame), and Ashley Ramos (Orlando, Florida/Liberty/Monroe JC).
The Retrievers played from behind or tied throughout much of the second set, until they closed it out with a 9-3 run, which featured a kill from Freeman and a De Jesus ace.
The third set saw more competitive play, as there were 10 lead changes. Morgan State forced a 25-25 tie late, but the Retrievers then scored the next two points to win, including a Mortimer kill that gave them the lead for good.
Against Presbyterian, the Retrievers fell behind big early in the first set and never bounced back, eventually suffering a 25-20 loss.
The second set went better for UMBC as the Retrievers led most of they way before scoring 10 of the final 14 points for the 25-17 victory. Then, in the final two sets, UMBC removed most of the suspense early, jumping out to 6-2 leads in both and never really getting challenged in posting 25-18 and 25-15 victories.
They also got plenty of help from plenty of places in this match. In addition to Negron, Mortimer added 13 kills while Freeman (nine kills, 17 digs), Rojas (10 kills) and Brooke Hayden (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore, 13 digs) all pitched in.
UMBC plays its final match at this tournament on Saturday, taking on host Loyola for the tournament title at Reitz Arena at 3 p.m.