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UMBC’s season ends in AEC semis


While the UMBC volleyball team won their last meeting, the Albany Great Danes got the most timely victory with a 3-0 sweep of the Retrievers in the America East semifinals on Friday afternoon.

The Retrievers hit just .035 in the match with 25 attacking errors. UMBC was also out-dug 51-41 and out-pointed 50-35 on their way to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 loss. UMBC’s season ends with an 18-8 record, the most since they won 19 in 2013.

In what proved to be her final collegiate game, Zoya Trendafilova was the only Retriever to finish to reach double-digits with 10 kills.

UMBC was tied with the Great Danes 11-11 in the first set. The Albany went on a 6-1 run to take a five-point lead. UMBC got back within three points, but another five-point run gave the Great Danes a 24-16 lead an a chance for set point. Two kills by Trendafilova and an attacking error on Albany gave set point three times, but Laini Leindecker ended the set with a kill.

The second set was all Albany too. The set was tied 5-5 and remained pretty close at 7-6 in favor of the Great Danes, but after that Albany went on a 12-1 run to get ahead 19-7. Trendafilova ended the dominant Albany run with a kill and followed Great Dane’s hitter Akuabata Okenwa with another kill, but they still only got UMBC within 11 points. The Great Danes followed with three-straight points, including two kills by Okenwa, and worked it forward to 24-10. UMBC saved three set points but it was in never in doubt for Albany.

Another dominant start powered the Great Danes to a one-sided win. The team’s evenly exchanged the first four points of the set but seven in a row for Albany gave the Great Danes a 9-2 lead. UMBC would never get back into a striking distance of Albany. A five-point run made it a 16-13 score in the third set, the Great Danes scored eight of the final 10 points to win the match.

Chloe Evering led Albany with 10 kills.

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