Boulder, Colo. -- Freshman Niki Khoshatefeh (Temecula, Calif.) was named to the All-Tournament Team, and classmate Riley Putnicki (Monument, Colo.) shined in the first two starts of her career as the UMBC Volleyball team closed out play in the Colorado Classic on Saturday.
The Retrievers battled (RV) Colorado (8-2) but fell in three sets (25-23, 25-7, 25-18), before dropping a four-setter to Oakland (25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15).
Against Oakland (6-5), Khoshatefeh was a force in the middle, picking up nine kills, four blocks and a career-high five digs. Putnicki ran the offense efficiently, finishing with 29 assists and a career-high three kils., She also had a banner day defensively, finishing with career-highs in blocks (four) and digs (10), for her first collegiate double-double.
Elayna Williams (Ellicott City, Md.) started both matches, her first two starts of the season, and combined for 20 digs, including a career-high 12 against Oakland. Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.) led UMBC (3-9) with 10 kills against OU and 14 digs against Colorado.
The Retrievers return to Baltimore and open up America East play against 2018 AE finalist UAlbany on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will be a Black & Gold Friday game, as the team will wear black and fans are encouraged to wear their gold.