UMBC

Women's Volleyball

 
November 21, 2013

Retriever Volleyball Set to Grapple with Albany in Conference Semifinals at New Hampshire

BALTIMORE – The No. 2 seed UMBC volleyball team heads to its sixth consecutive America East Championships where the Retrievers will take on the No. 3 seed Albany Great Danes, Friday afternoon at University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium.  UMBC and Albany will face off in the first semifinal of the day at 4:00 p.m. with the second semifinal between regular season champion UNH and Stony Brook set for a 7:00 p.m. start.

Scouting the Retrievers

UMBC (18-11, 9-5 AE) clinched the No. 2 seed and its highest conference win total since joining the America East in 2003 by sweeping Providence on the road last Friday evening.  Senior middle Emily Witsaman (Medina, Ohio/Medina) recorded a match-best 13 kills while classmate Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba/St. Mary's Academy) handed out 38 assists in the three-set win.  McIntyre was named the conference Setter of the Week after dishing out another 38 helpers on Sunday in the season finale, but the Retrievers fell at Hartford.

McIntyre finishes the regular season leading the America East in setting, averaging 10.28 assists per set.  She also helped guide UMBC to the best kills average in the league (12.60 per set) and second-best hitting percentage (.203), trailing only UNH.

Witsaman was a big part of the Retrievers' efficient offense, finishing the regular season by hitting at a .302 clip.  Senior Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) and junior Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) added thump to the attack, combining for 572 kills, but also provided cover in the back by picking up 692 digs.  Together, Goc and Schmidt combined for 22 double-doubles on the season.

On defense, UMBC led the league in blocking (2.02 per set) for the third straight year while placing second in digs.  Sophomore Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) continued to be a force at the net in her second season, setting a career-high with 103 total blocks.  Freshman Casey Griffith (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) stepped right into the libero role for UMBC this season and averaged 4.13 digs per set.

Scouting the Great Danes

Albany (9-18, 9-5 AE) failed to continue its streak of regular season titles, but qualified once again for the league tournament by sweeping UMass Lowell in the season finale on Saturday.  UMBC earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of its sweep of the Great Danes during the regular season.

Sophomore Tatum Jungsten led a balanced Albany attack against the River Hawks, sending down nine kills while junior Samantha Brostrom (Ellicott City, Md.) registered seven winners.  Junior Viktoriia Stroilo paced a strong back line with 16 digs.

Stroilo helped the Great Danes lead the conference in digs this season (16.82 per set) by averaging a league-best 4.85 digs per set.  Freshman Amanda Dolan aided the Great Dane defense as well by averaging 0.97 blocks pet set.  Dolan was also efficient on the attack, finishing fourth in the league with a .271 hitting percentage.

All-Time Series

Although Albany holds a 22-5 lead in the all-time series, UMBC has won each of the last three meetings, including earning it first-ever regular season sweep over the Great Danes this season.  In 2012, the Retrievers broke a 13-match losing streak to their conference rivals which included three straight playoff losses (2009-2011) to Albany.

In the first matchup of the season in New York, UMBC claimed the first two sets, but then had to overcome a 10-8 deficit in the fifth set to earn its first road win at University Gym.  Krystal Mlemchukwu powered down 19 kills in the win while Hannah Schmidt recorded 17 winners and 14 digs.

The return match in Baltimore also went the distance with the Retrievers rallying and then holding off the Great Danes for a Senior Day victory.  Mallory McIntyre handed out 58 assists in the win with Mlemchukwu sending down another 15 kills.

Retriever Stat Pack

Season Highs:

Stat

Player

No.

Opponent

Kills

Krystal Mlemchukwu

19

at Albany

Assists

Mallory McIntyre

58

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

Ali Goc (12)

Binghamton

18 kills

15 digs

Mallory McIntyre (7)

Binghamton

57 assists

10 digs

Hannah Schmidt (7)

Binghamton

11 kills

11 digs

Ali Goc (13)

Albany

15 kills

23 digs

Mallory McIntyre (8)

Albany

58 assists

12 digs

Hannah Schmidt (8)

Albany

13 kills

13 digs

Mallory McIntyre (9)

at UMass Lowell

27 assists

14 digs

Ali Goc (14)

at Hartford

10 kills

13 digs

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