Schmidt Named America East Player of the Week; McIntyre Earns Setter of the Week for Third Time in 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior outside hitter Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) has been named the America East Player of the Week and senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy) earned her third conference Setter of the Week award this season, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
The honor is the first Player of the Week award for Schmidt after being honored as the league's Rookie of the Week twice during her freshman campaign in 2011 (8/29 and 9/5). The versatile junior led the team with 32 kills over the weekend and recorded a double-double in each match as UMBC (13-8, 5-2 AE) defeated Hartford and Providence. A local product from Mount de Sales, Schmidt sent down 15 kills and scooped up 11 digs in the four-set win over the Hawks and then led all hitters with a match-best 17 winners and added 18 digs against the Friars.
McIntyre earns her third Setter of the Week accolade this season after sending out 104 assists in the two victories, good for a 13.00 assists per set average. The 2012 America East Co-Setter of the Year, McIntyre is averaging a league-best 10.12 assists per set as a senior and has the Retrievers leading the conference in hitting percentage (.205). In Sunday's four-set victory over Providence, the senior earned her fifth double-double of the season by sending out 51 assists and picking up 12 digs.
The two awards give UMBC seven total conference honors this season. Seniors Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) and Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) earned Player of the Week awards in back-to-back weeks in September and freshman Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) won Rookie of the Week on Sept. 23 to go along with McIntyre's setter awards.
UMBC hits the road for a Friday night contest this week to take on Stony Brook in New York before returning home for its final home stand of the season when the team hosts Binghamton and Albany on the first weekend of November.