UNH, Albany Advance to #AEVB Title Match
DURHAM, N.H. - For the third-straight year, New Hampshire and Albany will meet for the America East Volleyball title as the Wildcats and Great Danes advanced with semifinal wins on Friday. Top-seeded UNH swept No. 4 Binghamton (25-18, 26-24, 25-20), while No. 2 Albany beat UMBC in straight sets (25-19, 25-13, 25-15) .
The 2016 America East title match will be played on Saturday, November 19 at 4 PM at UNH's Lundholm Gymnasium and will be available live for free on AmericaEast.TV. Visit Championship Central for more information.
- Albany advanced to its 3rd-straight title match and eighth in the last nine years. The Great Danes are seeking their first league tournament title since 2011.
- The Great Danes recorded 51 digs and nine team blocks, holding UMBC to an .035 hitting percentage.
- Mikala McCauley earned her 1,000th dig of her collegiate career after recording nine in the semifinals.
- Chloe Evering hit .269 in the match with a team-best 10 kills. Akuabata Okenwa tied a career-high with eight blocks, including two solo, hitting .350 with nine kills, while Laini Leindecker tallied eight kills, two aces and five digs. At libero, Nicole Otero finished with 20 digs and four service aces.
- For UMBC, Zoya Trendafilova concluded with 10 kills and seven digs while Marissa Duncan and Franchesca Reed each contributed five kills.
— America East (@AmericaEast) November 18, 2016
- New Hampshire will look to win its fourth-straight America East title after advancing to the title match with a sweep of Binghamton in the semifinals.
- No team in America East history has won four-straight titles.
- The Wildcats improve to 13-0 at home in America East tournament play.
- Gabri Olhava paced a balanced attack for UNH with 11 kills. Defensive stalwart and America East Player of the Year, Demi Muses, posted 18 digs, while Keelin Severtson had 34 assists and added seven digs.
- Binghamton was led by Gaby Alicea, who had 13 kills. Setter Sarah Ngo had a double-double with 30 assists and 16 digs.
- After UNH won the first set, Binghamton led 22-21 in the second set and fought off one set point, but a kill by Kennedi Smith and Bearcats’ setting error gave UNH the second set, 26-24, for a 2-0 lead in the match.
- Hannah Petke powered UNH’s attack in Set 2 with five kills on a .667 hitting percentage.
— America East (@AmericaEast) November 19, 2016