The UMBC Volleyball Team will close the book on its 2019 non-conference schedule when it hosts local rival Coppin State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Five different Retrievers set career highs, while Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.) finished with 16 kills while Kamani Conteh (New Castle, Del.) added 15, and teammate Riley Putnicki (Monument, Colo.) gave the offense repeated sparks with 48 assists, but visiting Albany outlasted UMBC (25-21, 25-11, 23-25, 21-25, 15-13) in the America East opener for both teams Friday night.
Freeman topped UMBC with those 16 kills but also added 14 digs to give the Retrievers help all over the court. Conteh had her 15 kills and also finished with four blocks on defense.
Putnicki's career-high 48 assists kept helping UMBC attack the tough Great Danes, but she also played a role in other areas. She ended up with a career-best 12 digs -- teammate Brooke Hayden (Mt.Airy, Md.) topped UMBC with a career-high 23 in that category.
Scouting Coppin State
The Lady Eagles (5-10, 2-0 MEAC) enter having won both of its home matches last weekend to open MEAC play. Coppin State swept Delaware State on Friday before needing four sets to defeat Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday.
2018 MEAC Rookie of the Year Miajavon Coleman paces the CSU offense as she has already eclipsed 200 kills on the season (3.85 kills per set), and on the defensive end she is second on the team in digs with 106. Fellow 2018 MEAC All-Rookie team member Brianna Lange has 351 assists so far in 2019. Freshman libero Ashley Roman has 210 digs (4.04 digs per set), while senior Christa Johnson has accumulated 36 blocks.
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