Volleyball Falls on the Road to Stony Brook in Five Sets

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Seniors Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) and Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales), each recorded a double-double, but it was not enough as the Retrievers dropped a tough five-set decision (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9) to host Stony Brook, Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Goc had a team-high 12 kills to go along with 18 digs, while Schmidt, the defending America East player of the Week, hit a match-high .312, with 11 kills, 13 digs and four aces. Senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy) paced UMBC (14-9, 5-3 AE) with 39 assists to go with 11 digs, while freshman libero Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) added in 23 digs of her own.

The black and gold started off strong against Stony Brook (12-13, 6-2 AE), going on a big run to take a close first set and put it out of reach. The Retrievers twice had a nine-point lead en route to a 25-19 victory. Schmidt had three kills and two aces in the first set alone.

The second set resembled the early part of the first set, both teams battled back and forth until the Seawolves went on a late 5-1 run to take the set 25-21.  Senior Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/ Medina) led UMBC with four kills and three blocks in the set.

McIntyre had eleven of her assists in the third set to lead the Retrievers to a hard-fought 25-23 victory. UMBC squandered a 22-18 lead in the set, but Witsaman got two straight kills following a timeout to win.

 Stony Brook would dominate the fourth set, and would score the final five points of the fifth set to take the match. The Seawolves were led by Hannah Dolan's 47 assists and Kaitlin Costello who had 19 kills and 19 digs.

The Retrievers have a bye on Sunday before returning to action on Friday, November 1 at 7 pm when Binghamton comes to the RAC Arena. Senior day will take place at 1 pm the following Sunday before UMBC ends the season with four consecutive America East road contests.

 Dawg Bites

 -14 different Retrievers saw action in the match

-Freshman Zoya Trendafilova (Sophia, Bulgaria/Elisaveta Bagryana) had a career-high four kills

-Schmidt now has an ace in five consecutive matches, including three multi-ace matches