UAlbany, UMBC Move to 2-0 Fri.; 1 Game Set for Sat.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - UAlbany and UMBC each won to move to 2-0 as part of four America East volleyball matches on Friday night. UAlbany will meet Providence in the lone match on Saturday with three matches schedule on Sunday. Here is a recap of Friday's matches with a look ahead to the rest of the weekend:
Friday, October 4
Binghamton 3, at Providence 1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18)
- Grace Vickers recorded a career high 17 kills on 25 swings for a .640 hitting percentage to lead Binghamton to a four-set win over Providence
- The Bearcats played solid defense with 62 digs and nine blocks to hold the Friars to a .154 hitting percentage. Xiomara Ortiz had a match-high 20 digs while Vickers led the team with 2.5 blocks.
- Providence won the first set, 27-25 before losing the next three. Freshman Mackenzie Ziegler had a team-high 15 kills with six digs.
- Albany improved to 2-0 in a hard-fought match at Hartford, as all four sets were decided by five points in fewer.
- The Great Danes out-hit the Hawks, .240 to .141 on the night, mostly due to Albany's 90 defensive digs and 13 blocks.
- Samantha Brostrom had a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs, while Mikala McCauley also added a double-double with 38 assists and 13 digs.
- Hartford was led by Kirton Dionna's 15 kills and 15 digs.
- UMBC held visiting UMass Lowell to a .022 hitting percentage to take a three-set win over the River Hawks.
- Alic Goc led UMBC with nine kills and 13 digs while Rebecca Garrigues had a double-double with 29 assists and 11 digs.
- Defensively, UMBC also had 52 digs and six blocks.
- Stony Brook gutted out a five-set win over New Hampshire in the team's home-opener on Friday night in what was a very evenly matched contest.
- New Hampshire out-hit the Seawolves .288 to .202 in the contest, but Stony Brook hit a blistering .417 (11 kills on 24 swings) in the decisive fifth set.
- Melissa Rigo led Stony Brook with 18 kills and 10 digs, as she was one of three Seawolves to notch a double-double. Laura Hathaway had a match-high 26 digs.
- New Hampshire had four players with double-digit kills, led by Morgan Thatcher's 14 kills and .333 hitting percentage.
Saturday, October 5
Albany at Providence, 5 p.m. - Live Stats
- Albany looks to move to 3-0 as the Great Danes visit Providence on Saturday.
- Through two conference matches, Albany is second in hitting percentage and second in opponent hitting percentage.
- Providence's Mackenzie Ziegler is second in conference play with 3.43 kills per set.
Sunday, October 6
New Hampshire at UMBC , 1 p.m. - Live Stats
- UMBC is looking to move to 3-0 after a win over UMass Lowell on Friday while New Hampshire is trying to bounce-back from a five-set loss at Stony Brook.
- New Hampshire leads the conference during league play in hitting percentage at .253 while UMBC has been the best defensive team, holding opponents to a .051 hitting percentage.
Binghamton at Hartford, 1 p.m. - Live Stats
- The Bearcats won a four-set match on Friday behind 17 kills from Grace Vickers. Vickers is third in the conference in hitting percentage (.291) and kills (2.80 per set)
- Hartford's Jackie Tamburri is second in the conference with 9.60 assists while helping the Hawks rank fourth in hitting percentage.
- UMass Lowell closes out its trip to the southern tier of the America East Conference at Stony Brook on Sunday. The River Hawks' Carolyn Eddy leads the team's defensive charge with 3.75 digs per set, good for seventh in the conference.
- Stony Brook is coming off a five-set win over New Hampshire. The Seawolves had three players record double-doubles vs. the Wildcats.