Updated: October 25, 2012 9:10 am (ET)
by America East Communications
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.
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
Binghamton (7-16, 4-3) at New Hampshire
(13-10, 5-2), 7 p.m.
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.