Playoff Spots On The Line As Final Weekend of Volleyball Starts Friday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The final weekend of America East volleyball begins on Friday night, with five teams fighting for four playoff spots. No one has clinched a spot in the America East Championship, however a lot can be determined on Friday. Albany can clinch not just a spot in the championship, but its fifth-straight regular-season title with a win over Providence on Friday. UMBC can also clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win over Stony Brook. The rest will be left to be determined on Sunday.
Friday, November 9
- UMBC can clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win over Stony Brook on Friday.
- Both teams are coming in hot to Friday's match, with Stony Brook winning four-straight matches and UMBC with victories in back-to-back matches.
- The Retrievers swept the Seawolves in Baltimore in the first meeting. Hannah Schmidt and Emily Vandergrift both had double-digit kills, but it was the blocking of UMBC that was the difference in the contest, as the Retrievers had 15 team blocks.
Providence (1-28, 0-10 AE) at Albany (11-14,
8-2 AE), 4 p.m.
- The Great Danes bounced-back after losing back-to-back matches for the first time since 2003 with a victory over Binghamton on Sunday, putting Albany in the driver seat for the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship.
- A win over Providence on Friday gives the Great Danes the America East regular-season title for the fifth-straight season, and eighth time in the last nine years.
- Albany swept Providence on the road in the first meeting between the two teams. Sara Pope had 14 kills in that match.
- The Wildcats are locked-up with Stony Brook for the fourth and final playoff spot with identical 6-4 records.
- If it came down to a head-to-head tiebreak between Stony Brook and New Hampshire, the Seawolves would win the tiebreak by virtue of scoring more points (177-176) against New Hampshire in head-to-head matchups.
- Hartford beat UNH in five sets in the first meeting this season, defeating the Wildcats for the first time since 1996 and ending a 31-match winning streak in the series for New Hampshire.