Updated: October 11, 2012 11:10 am (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - As we hit the midway
point in the America East conference season, teams are closing out their first
meetings in the double-round robin regular-season format. The marquee match-up
of Friday night looks to be a match-up between two undefeated teams in Albany
and New Hampshire, who each enter the match 4-0 in conference play.
Friday, October 12
Providence (1-21, 0-4 AE) at Hartford
(6-14, 0-4 AE) - 6 p.m.
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The Friars are on the road for the 22nd time
this season as the Friars travel to Hartford for a Friday night match.
Both teams are looking to snap losing skids, as
the Hawks have lost four-straight and the Friars have lost 17 in-a-row.
Providence holds a 21-12 advantage in the
all-time series, but the Friars have not won at Hartford since 2007.
Stony Brook (7-10, 2-2 AE) at Binghamton (6-15,
3-2 AE) - 6 p.m.
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Although still early in the season, Binghamton
and Stony Brook meet in an important match-up as we look ahead to the America
East Championship. The Bearcats sit in third with a 3-2 record in the
conference, with Stony Brook on their heels at 2-2.
The Seawolves continue to turn to freshman
Melissa Rigo for their offense. Rigo leads the league and ranks 10th in the
country in kills per set at 4.38. The last time a freshman led the conference
in kills per set was Maine's Leah Voss in 2000.
Binghamton leads the all-time series, 13-10,
with each team winning on their home court last year.
New Hampshire (12-8, 4-0 AE) at Albany (7-11.
4-0 AE) - 7 p.m.
Albany and New Hampshire battle for first-place
in the conference on Friday night, as the Great Danes look to continue their
dominant play in the America East, having lost just three matches over the last
New Hampshire has won seven-straight matches,
with three of those matches being on the road.
Albany leads the America East in conference
matches in blocks (2.20 per set) and digs (18.27 per set).
New Hampshire is second in the conference in
hitting percentage (.240) and kills (14.06).
Albany owns a slim 13-12 advantage in the
all-time series. The last time New Hampshire beat the Great Danes on the road
was in 2007.