Baltimore, Md. – Junior Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) had 21 digs, tied for the match best, hitting the 1,000 career digs mark as the UMBC Volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to New Hampshire in three sets (30-28, 25-20, 25-22) on Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
Watson only had 90 digs after her freshman year, but improved tremendously in her sophomore campaigned by getting 497 digs en route to the 2016 America East Defensive Specialist of the Year award. She has gotten 911 digs since the beginning of last season and now stands at 1,001 career digs.
UMBC (14-12, 6-6 AE) started out on a 3-0 run, getting out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set. They would eventually stretch their lead out to six points, making it 10-4 off a Wildcats attack error. New Hampshire (13-13, 8-4 AE) however, would fight back to make to tie the game at 16 a piece. Each team would fight point for point from then on, as neither team had more than a one-point lead before New Hampshire was able to pull away with back to back points to win the first set.
The Wildcats shot out to an early 11-3 second set lead, before UMBC began their comeback attempt, bringing it within a point at 17-16. Each team fought back and forth, with New Hampshire taking two-point leads that were each followed by a Retriever point to bring it back to a point. New Hampshire however ended the set on a 4-0 run to take the second set. The third set was once again closely contested, with neither team having more than a two-point lead the entire match until a Wildcat kill to seal the match moved it to three points.
Krytsia Negron (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) tied Watson for match best digs with a career best 21 and added 28 assists, while Franchesca Reed (Aurora, Colo./Grand View) had her third most total blocks on the season with seven.