The UMBC Volleyball team will take its longest trip of the year as it travels nearly 1,700 miles to the Rocky Mountains for the Colorado Classic in Boulder.
UMBC (3-6) will face Campbell on Friday at 6 p.m. EST, before facing (RV) Colorado and Oakland on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST and 7:30 p.m. EST, respectively.
Junior outside hitter Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.) and senior libero Brooke Hayden (Mt.Airy, Md.) were named America East Player and Defensive Specialist of the Week, respectively, for the week ending September 15, the Conference announced Tuesday morning.
Freeman, who was also named to the Charm City Challenge All-Tournament Team, had a stellar week, which included a career-high 22 kills on .417 hitting in a four set win over Canisius. The former 2017 America East Co-Rookie of the Year also averaged 3.92 kills and 3.5 digs per set, while picking up three consecutive double-doubles.
Hayden averaged 4.7 digs per set, including a career-high 20 digs against Charlotte. She also picked up five aces in the win over Canisius.
The match will be a homecoming for senior captain Franchesca Reed (Aurora, Colo.) and freshman setter Riley Putnicki (Monument, Colo.). Anouk Van Noord (Amsterdam, Netherlands) also will be returning to Colorado after playing at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. for the past two seasons.
The Fighting Camels (5-4) enter the weekend on a five-match winning streak after opening the season with four straight defeats. All five victories have come via sweep, and four of the victories coming at home.
Sophomore Sarah Colla leads the team in kills (135), kills per set (4.22), total attacks (314) and is second on the team in hitting percentage (.264). Senior Allena Heath became just the 11th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills in a sweep of South Carolina State last Saturday night. She recorded a season-high 13 kills to reach 1,000 kills for her career.
Scouting (RV) Colorado
The Buffaloes (5-2) are still receiving votes after dropping out of the rankings following two losses to in-state rival Colorado State last week. The Buffs had climbed to No.19 in the nation after a sweep of No.5 Illinois in Iowa, having lost only one set all year prior to the defeats to CSU.
Senior outside hitter Justine Spann has played in every game from the past two seasons, starting all but one, and leads the team with 4.56 kills per set. She also has a team-high 82 kills and is averaging 2.33 digs per set. In 2018, the Arizona native became just the 19th individual in CU history to post a season with 300 in two statistical categories and the 16th outside to do so.
Freshman Jill Schneggenburger was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week last week after she was named to the Pac-12/BIG TEN All-Tournament team after having 20 kills for a combined .527 hitting percentage with only a single error. The freshman hit .611 against No.5 Illinois with a dozen kills.
The Golden Grizzlies (5-4) head to Colorado having lost two of three home matches last week. They dropped a five-setter to Bowling Green last Tuesday, were swept by in-state rival Michigan State two days later, but picked up a four set win against Miami (OH) on Saturday.
Junior middle hitter Jamie Walling and senior outside hitter Taylor Dellinger are the offensive catalysts for Oakland. Walling is averaging 3.83 kills per set (134 total kills) on .344 hitting, while Dellinger is averaging 3.63 (109 total kills). The Golden Grizzlies use a pair of freshman setters who have both played in every set. Madison Ross has collected 191 assists, while AnnaBelle Tomei has notched 180 assists of her own.
Tournament Schedule (MT Time)
Friday, September 20th
UMBC v. Campbell | 4:00 p.m.
Colorado v. Oakland | 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 21st
Campbell v. Oakland | 10:00 a.m.
Colorado v. UMBC | 12:00 p.m.
UMBC v. Oakland | 5:30 p.m.
Colorado v. Campbell | 7:30 p.m.