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Volleyball Gets Swept in Semi-Final Round of the America East Tournament by Albany

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Some teams just have another team’s number, and it seems that Albany has UMBC’s. In the opening round of the America East Tournament the Albany Great Danes got past the Retriever with ease in a three set sweep (25-19, 25-17, 25-11).

They recorded 21 attack errors, three service errors, and three blocking errors and hit -.034.

All-freshman team right side hitter Ali Loynachan led the team with six kills while sophomore middle blocker Iman Kennedy was second on the team with five kills, a team high six blocks, and team high .143 hitting percentage. Rookie of the Year Naomi Bush recorded three kills while second team all conference player Alyssa Lang recorded two kills with 11 digs. Sarah Joy and Ashley Oscars each recorded one kills in the game.

Kira Giles led the team with 15 assists.

With their season at a close, UMBC finished the year with a 13-13 record and will graduate four players: Pam Jarrett, Helen Smith, Oscars, and Giles.


Naomi Bush Names America East Volleyball Rookie of the Year, Oscars and Loynachan Also Receive Post Season Honors

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Naomi Bush is the latest addition to an impressive list of freshman to play for UMBC. After averaging 2.48 kills per set, hitting .233, while having 68 digs, 29 blocks, and 10 service aces, she became the fourth Retriever in five years to win the Rookie of the Year award. She joins Sarah Ball (2005), Ashley Oscars (2006), and Alyssa Lang (2008) on the list of award winners.

Lang though though build on her rookie of the year performance last season with a second team all-conference year as a sophomore. This year she led the team with 232 kills (3.14 kps) and is second on the team with 186 digs (2.51 dps). She had eight double-doubles and 16 service aces.

The third Retriever to earn post-season honors was Ali Loynachan, who joined Bush on the all-rookie team. Though she missed seven games in the middle of the season she led the team in hitting percentage (.257). She had 132 kills (2.13 kps), 69 digs, 36 blocks, and 14 service aces.

Written by Corey Johns

November 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Volleyball Gets Sweeps By New Hampshire, Fall to Fourth Seed and Prepare for Albany in Tournament

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It was not a pretty game for UMBC. They were getting ready to take on a hot New Hampshire team who won three straight going into the match.

They made it four with a sweep of the Retrievers 25-15, 25-21, 25-17.

Alyssa Lang led all hitters with 14 kills with 11 digs to go with it. Ashley Oscars and Ali Loynachan each had six kills while Kira Giles had 22 assists.

With the loss the team falls to the fourth seed in the conference tournament and will take on host Albany this weekend.

Written by Corey Johns

November 16, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match to Binghamton in Home Finale

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After beating Binghamton on their court earlier in the season, the Bearcats took revenge and dominated UMBC in the RAC to end their home season with a loss.

Binghamton won all three sets, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, and didn’t even let UMBC get close in the end.

Alyssa Lang recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs, but no other Retriever recorded over five kills in the match. Three of them, Ashley Oscars, Iman Kennedy, and Ali Loynachan did record five, but had a combined 10 errors on the day.

Written by Corey Johns

November 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

Volleyball Drops 3-1 Match to Albany

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After the first set (25-18), came back to tie the game up by taking the second set (25-22) and they they played well in the next two sets it was Albany’s match as they took the final two sets (25-20, 25-21) to sweep UMBC this season.

Alyssa Lang led UMBC with 14 kills and added 11 digs while Naomi Bush had 13 kills. Ashley Oscars came one kill away from a double-double with nine kills and 11 digs. Kira Giles had a double-double with 23 assists and 14 digs while Allie Spaay had 24 assists and Pam Jarrett had 23 digs. Iman Kenned had seven kills with three blocks while Ali Loynachan had eight kills. The other two points came from Sarah Joy, who also led the team with four blocks.

With the team now at 5-3 in the conference they are tied with Stony Brook for second place as they split the series with them. they have just two regular season games left including a tough home game tomorrow against Binghamton and then on the road against New Hampshire next week to conclude the regular season.

Written by Corey Johns

November 7, 2009 at 1:09 am

Naomi Bush Earns Fourth Rookie of the Week Honor

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Naomi Bush

For the fourth time in the 2009 volleyball season, freshman hitter Naomi Bush has been named the America East Rookie of the Week.

In a 3-0 sweep of Hartford Bush had nine kills with no errors in 14 attempts for a .643 hitting percentage. In the match she also had two blocks and one assists.

Written by Corey Johns

November 2, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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Volleyball Downs Hartford in Three Sets

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Freshman hitter Naomi Bush looks to be following in the footsteps of the great freshman in the years at UMBC before her as she is having a great season. Today against Hartford she his .643 with nine kills and no errors in a three set sweep, 25-20, 25-11, 25-16.

Alyssa Lang was second on the team with seven kills and Ashley Oscars has six, which is what is to be expected from those two night in and night out anymore, but Iman Kennedy stepped up for another big game with five kills while hitting .400.

Allie Spaay has come on strong lately and recorded 21 assists with six digs while Kira Giles had nine kills and five digs.

Sarah Joy had a tremendous game with five blocks.

Written by Corey Johns

October 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm