Baltimore, MD – The UMBC Volleyball team will begin their America East Conference home schedule this weekend with matches against Binghamton on Friday at 7 p.m. and Albany on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's match will mark the start of homecoming week for the UMBC campus.
Scouting the Retrievers:
UMBC (9-7, 1-1 America East) are coming off their first conference loss last weekend, getting swept at Stony Brook (25-15, 25-21, 25-19). The Retrievers received another strong outing from freshman Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's) with nine kills, junior Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) with a team-best 17 digs, and classmate Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) had 28 assists.
Freeman currently leads the team in kills with 154, Watson leads the team in digs with 221, and Negron has a team-best 404 assists. Watson also leads the conference and is 18th in the nation in digs per set with 5.39
Scouting the Bearcats:
Binghamton (5-11, 2-1 AE) is coming off a two-win weekend, beating both UMass Lowell (3-0) and New Hampshire (3-1) at home. Binghamton also has the reigning America East Player of the Week in Gaby Alicea, who provided 4.4 kills per set last weekend, including 21 in their win over New Hampshire.
Alicea currently leads the team in kills with 217, and is third on the team in digs with 160. Sarah Ngo has a team-best 580 assists.
Scouting the Great Danes:
Albany (2-13, 2-1 AE) split their results from last weekend with a 3-2 loss at home against New Hampshire and a 3-1 win against UMass Lowell, also at home. Albany will be opening up their road conference schedule this weekend with a match at Hartford on Friday before traveling to Baltimore.
Tatiana Tiangco was named America East Rookie of the Week after recording 2.9 kills per set, including 12 kills in her team's victory over UMass Lowell. Akuabata Okenwa leads the Great Danes on offense with 171 kills, while Nicole Otero leads the team in defense with 209 digs.
Inside the Matchups:
UMBC is currently 14-19 all-time against Binghamton, winning the last matchup 3-1 on the road. UMBC is 8-27 all-time against Albany, losing the last matchup 3-0 in last year's conference tournament.
Fans can watch the live stream of the Binghamton match at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umbc/portal.htm?eventId=374584&streamType=video. Fans can follow the live stats at Umbc.statbroadcast.com and can follow the action live on Twitter @UMBCVolleyball for both games.