Albany With a Chance to Clinch Playoff Spot Friday Night in Volleyball Action
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - America East volleyball heads into the latter half of the season this weekend with a full slate of games on tap for Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Albany stands in control of the conference in first, and can be the first team to clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win over Stony Brook on Friday night. New Hampshire is just two games behind Albany, with the two teams meeting one more time this season.
UMBC and Binghamton are tied for third-place and the teams split their head-to-head matchups. Stony Brook and Hartford both have two wins in conference play, putting them two games out of a playoff spot.
Stony Brook (7-12, 2-4 AE) at Albany (10-11,
7-0), 7 p.m.
- Albany beat Stony, 3-1, in the first meeting of the season between the two teams on September 30.
- Neither team hit particularly well in the contest. But the Great Danes recorded 12 team blocks on their way to the win.
- Albany can be the first team to clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win.
UMBC (11-13, 4-3) at Providence (1-24, 0-7), 7
- UMBC has an eight-match winning streak over Providence entering Friday night's match.
- The Retrievers battled back to beat the Friars in the first meeting between the two squads after Providence took the first set, 26-24, and held a 23-21 advantage in the second set.
- Freshman Sherelle Walker led UMBC with 17 kills.
- Friday night's match with Binghamton will be New Hampshire's "Dig Pink" night as the team raises money for breast cancer.
- New Hampshire won the first meeting between the two teams, 3-1, on the back of 17 kills by Morgan Thatcher.
- The Wildcats own an 11-9 advantage in the all-time series. The last time New Hampshire swept Binghamton in a season series was 2004.