Volleyball Heads Into the Final Stretch With Full Weekend of Matches
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Just two weekends remain in the America East volleyball regular season, and the playoff picture is still very cloudy. Only Providence has been eliminated from America East Championship contention, with the other six teams still alive. No teams have secured a spot in the America East Championship.
UMBC and Stony Brook are separated by just 0.5 games for the final spot, while Binghamton and New Hampshire are tied for second behind Albany.
The No. 1 seed will host the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship on either Nov. 16 and 17 or Nov. 17 and 18.
Friday, November 2
- Binghamton beat Hartford, 3-0, in the first meeting of the season. The Bearcats hit .299 as a team in that match, with Kristin Hovie leading the way with 15 kills.
- The Bearcats own an 18-3 advantage all-time in the series. The Hawks have not won at Binghamton since Oct. 19, 2002.
- Hartford is 2.5 games behind UMBC for the final playoff spot, and would be eliminated from contention with a loss and a win by UMBC.
- Binghamton is tied with New Hampshire for second place at 6-3.
- Albany can clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win over UMBC on Friday night.
- The Great Danes are coming off their first conference loss since Oct. 16, 2011, and first conference home loss in more than two years after losing to Stony Brook last week.
- Albany beat UMBC in four sets in the first meeting. Sara Pope led the Great Danes with 20 kills and a .543 hitting percentage.
- The Retrievers are only a game behind Binghamton and New Hampshire for second place in the conference, but only hold a 0.5 match advantage over Stony Brook for the final playoff spot.
- Stony Brook is coming off a 2-0 week and sits in fifth-place entering the weekend, just 0.5 matches behind UMBC for the final spot in the America East Championship.
- Providence came a decisive fifth-set away from its first America East win of the year last Sunday, but fell to Binghamton, 3-2.
- The Seawolves are led by reigning America East Player and Rookie of the Week, Melissa Rigo, who leads the conference at 4.35 kills per set.