The UMBC Volleyball team will look to end the 2019 season on a winning note when it travels to Binghamton for a Sunday afternoon contest.
UMBC (6-16, 3-6) split its final two home matches of the season last weekend, taking down two-time defending champion Stony Brook in four sets on Friday, before falling in four to Hartford on Sunday. With a win on Sunday and a Stony Brook loss to New Hampshire on Friday night, the Retrievers can finish in a tie for fourth place in America East play. SBU owns the tiebreaker with UMBC based on sets won head-to-head (4-3) and therefore has clinched the final playoff spot, regardless of the outcome of the matches.
Against Hartford, Franchesca Reed (Aurora, Colo.) finished with 11 kills on .318 hitting and seven blocks, while Brooke Hayden (Mt.Airy, Md.) tied for the match lead with 16 digs. Reed became just the sixth player in program history to accumulate 300 blocks, and now sits alone in fifth place. Redshirt junior setter Taylor Dunn (Virginia Beach, Va.) had 37 assists and nine digs, while freshman Kamani Conteh had a team-high 12 kills.
Against the Seawolves on Friday night, Reed hit .562 with 10 kills and five blocks, and was one of four Retrievers to reach double-digit kills. The Retrievers hit .397 on sets from Dunn, who needed just the four sets to reach 48 assists. Dunn, the defending America East Setter and Defensive Specialist of the Week, added 14 digs, three kills and a career high four blocks in her second consecutive double-double.
On Thursday, Hayden was announced as the team's nominee for AE Fans' Choice Player of the Year.
Fans can click this link to vote (entries to vote are limited to one per user per day): https://americaeast.com/sports/2019/11/13/vb2019fanschoice.aspx
The Bearcats (0-21, 0-8) ends the season with two home matches and are still searching for their first win of the season. BU welcomes regular season champion UAlbany to campus on Friday night before hosting UMBC on Sunday.
Francela Ulate is ninth in the nation in service aces per set, and also leads the team kills with 160. Senior Victoria Keghlian is third on the team in kills (113), and fourth in hitting percentage and blocks.