UMBC

Women's Volleyball

 
October 31, 2013

Retrievers Close Out Home Slate Against Binghamton and Albany; Senior Day to be Held Sunday

BALTIMORE – Despite having three weeks left in its season, the UMBC volleyball closes out the home portion of its schedule this weekend with matches against America East foes Binghamton and Albany.  The Retrievers will host Binghamton on Friday evening at the RAC Arena before finishing the home slate Sunday afternoon against the Great Danes.  Prior to Sunday's contest, the Black and Gold will honor its six seniors – Hallie Carter, Rebecca Garrigues, Ali Goc, Robbin Lee, Mallory McIntyre, and Emily Witsaman – for their contributions to the program.

Scouting the Retrievers

UMBC (14-9, 5-3 AE) dropped its only contest last weekend, falling in five sets at Stony Brook on Friday evening.  Senior Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) recorded her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs, while sophomore Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) added 11 kills and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season, but it was not enough as the Retrievers and Seawolves split the season series.

Entering this weekend's pair of matches, the Retrievers sit in a third-place tie with Albany, a game behind New Hampshire and Stony Brook (6-2).  Binghamton (4-4) is just one game back of the Retrievers and the Great Danes in the hunt for a spot in the conference tournament.

Senior Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy), who dished out 39 assists and scooped up 11 digs at Stony Brook, leads the America East with a 9.98 assists per set average and has helped UMBC achieve the best hitting percentage in the league (.198).  In addition, the Retrievers lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.154), assists (11.49/set), kills (12.33/set), blocks (2.08/set), and digs (15.97/set).

Goc leads Retriever attack with 238 kills, but sophomores Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquhannock) and Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) have provided plenty of support, each recording over 200 winners.  Schmidt has been steady both on the attack and on defense, sending down 220 put-aways and picking up 235 digs.

On defense, Mlemchukwu and senior Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) have led the Retrievers to the top blocking spot in the conference and each rank in the top five individually.  Freshman Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) has provided cover on the back line averaging 4.08 digs per set.

Scouting the Bearcats

Binghamton (6-16, 4-4 AE) won its only contest last weekend, sweeping Albany to close within a half-game of both the Great Danes and UMBC.  Allison Hovie registered eight kills and a .300 hitting percentage against the Danes to earn the America East Rookie of the Week.  Kristin Hovie led all hitters in the match with 11 winners while setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 32 assists in the win.

Senior Grace Vickers has paced the BU attack most of the year and sits second in the league in hitting percentage (.298) and third in kills (2.80/set). 

All-Time Series

Binghamton outlasted UMBC in five sets back on Oct. 12 in Vestal, N.Y. to increase its lead in the all-time series to 16-10 and 14-7 in America East regular season contests.  Last season, the Bearcats knocked the Retrievers out of the conference tournament with a five-set victory, en route to winning the America East title.

Scouting the Great Danes

Albany (5-16, 5-3 AE) was swept last Saturday at Binghamton in three sets.  Setter Mikala McCauley handed out 29 assists, but no Great Dane reached double figures for kills.  Reigning America East Defensive Player of the Year Viktoriia Stroilo recorded 11 digs in the match is second in the league this season with a 4.31 digs per set average.

All-Time Series

After dropping 13 in a row to their conference rivals, the Retrievers have defeated the Great Danes in each of the last two meetings, including earning their first-ever win at Albany earlier this season.  Krystal Mlemchukwu powered down 19 kills as the Retrievers hung on for a five-set victory at University Gymnasium on Oct. 11.

Albany still holds a 22-4 lead in the all-time series with an 18-3 advantage in league play.

Retriever Stat Pack

Season Highs:

Stat

Player

No.

Opponent

Kills

Krystal Mlemchukwu

19

at Albany

Assists

Mallory McIntyre

56

at Albany

Digs

Casey Griffith

28

at Albany

Blocks

Kristin Cooper

Emily Witsaman

8 (0-8)

8 (1-7)

vs. Delaware

at West Virginia

Aces

Mallory McIntyre

5

Towson

 

Double-Doubles:

Player

Opponent

Stat 1

Stat 2

Mallory McIntyre

George Mason

38 assists

11 digs

Hannah Schmidt

George Mason

17 kills

14 digs

Ali Goc

Delaware

13 kills

18 digs

Ali Goc (2)

Loyola (Md.)

18 kills

13 digs

Ali Goc (3)

LaSalle

12 kills

13 digs

Ali Goc (4)

vs. Liberty

13 kills

10 digs

Mallory McIntyre (2)

vs. Liberty

45 assists

12 digs

Ali Goc (5)

vs. Georgetown

17 kills

21 digs

Ali Goc (6)

at West Virginia

13 kills

14 digs

Mallory McIntyre (3)

at American

41 assists

10 digs

Rebecca Garrigues

Stony Brook

36 assists

17 digs

Ali Goc (7)

Stony Brook

10 kills

19 digs

Hannah Schmidt (2)

Stony Brook

11 kills

10 digs

Rebecca Garrigues (2)

UMass Lowell

29 assists

11 digs

Rebecca Garrigues (3)

New Hampshire

29 assists

12 digs

Ali Goc (8)

New Hampshire

11 kills

19 digs

Hannah Schmidt (3)

at Albany

17 kills

14 digs

Ali Goc (9)

at Binghamton

11 kills

16 digs

Mallory McIntyre (4)

at Binghamton

47 assists

11 digs

Hannah Schmidt (4)

Hartford

15 kills

11 digs

Ali Goc (10)

Providence

12 kills

18 digs

Mallory McIntyre (5)

Providence

51 assists

12 digs

Hannah Schmidt (5)

Providence

17 kills

18 digs

Ali Goc (11)

at Stony Brook

12 kills

18 digs

Mallory McIntyre (6)

At Stony Brook

39 assists

11 digs

Hannah Schmidt (6)

At Stony Brook

11 kills

13 digs

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