Dolan, Hunter Earn Career-High Kills, UAlbany Comeback Attempt Short in Five-Set Defeat to UMBC
BALTIMORE – Down 2-1, UAlbany used a 9-0 run to secure set four and force a tiebreak, but fell to UMBC in five (25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 10-15) on Sunday.
Amanda Dolan hit .484 in the match with 15 kills and no errors, adding 11 blocks for a double double. All three marks are career-highs. Amy Hunter also had a career-high in kills with 17 to lead the team.
UAlbany (6-17, 6-4 AE) surged ahead to start set one, using a couple of Dolan blocks, a Mikala McCauley ace and Amy Hunter kill to start up 4-0. UMBC (16-9, 7-3 AE) countered with seven straight, including three Casey Griffith service aces, to lead 7-4. Going back and forth, UMBC kept the lead at 12-8. Three kills in a row, including two for Tatum Jungsten, pulled UAlbany within three, but UMBC still stayed ahead. At 17-15, UAlbany pushed forward with four straight points to go up 19-17. After a UMBC kill, the Great Danes sealed the comeback with a 5-0 run on Rebecca Rivera’s serving. UAlbany took the first set 25-19.
In set two, UMBC won four of the first five to start, later leading 8-4. A couple of Jungsten kills helped UAlbany get three of four to pull to 9-7. The two sides exchanged the next 10 points, with a Jungsten-McCauley combo block on the 11th in that stretch getting UAlbany within one 13-12. Sherelle Walker led UMBC with three kills in a seven-point span, with UMBC taking six of them, to go up 19-13. Started by a pair of Hunter kills and finished by a couple of Dolan blocks, UAlbany tried to get back with a 4-0 run to make it 19-17. But UMBC did not relinquish the lead and took the set 25-21.
The home team got off to a 3-0 lead in the third set. At 5-2, the Great Danes took the next five to go up 7-5. UMBC won the next two as the two sides tugged back and forth. At 10-10, Jungsten and Hunter earned kills in a 3-0 run to put UAlbany up by a trio. UMBC won four of the next five to tie it up again. At 15-15, kills from Dolan, Sofia Furlong and Jungsten, followed by a Viktoriia Stroilo ace, push UAlbany back up 19-15. But later at 21-18 UAlbany, the home team got five-in-a-row to take a 23-21 advantage. Kills by Jungsten and Dolan tied the set back at 23, but UMBC won the final two points for a 25-23 comeback win, giving the home team a 2-1 match lead.
The Great Danes were behind to start the fourth set 6-3, later 7-4. UAlbany pushed back with three straight, started by two Hunter kills, to tie it up at seven. After a pair of UMBC points, UAlbany won nine consecutive points on McCauley’s serving, beginning with two Hunter kills and including five Dolan points, to go ahead 16-9. UMBC got to within five a couple of times, but UAlbany kept a strong lead throughout the rest of the game. Dolan added another kill and block towards the end as UAlbany took the game 25-18 to force a tiebreak set.
UMBC got a quick start in the fifth game, going up 5-1. Dolan and Jungsten got a kill each to make it 6-3 UMBC, but the Retrievers won four straight to go up 10-3. Samantha Brostrom and Hunter each got kills to stop the run, but again UMBC earned a run, this three-in-a-row, to lead 13-5. UAlbany did not give up, taking five of the next six, including two kills and a block from Hunter, to get within four, but a UMBC block ended it at 15-10, giving the match to the home team 3-2.
UAlbany had a number of other career-highs in the match. With 12 kills, Brostrom had a career-high 19 digs for a double double, her fifth of the year. McCauley matched a career-high 58 assists, earning her eighth double double of the season with 13 digs. Lauren Spreen match her career-high of digs with 17, while Stroilo led the team with 29 digs. Furlong had a new career-high of kills with nine.
Three UMBC players had double doubles: Ali Goc led the team in kills with 15 and digs with 23, Hannah Schmidt concluded with 13 kills and 13 digs, while setter Mallory McIntyre had 58 assists and 12 digs.
UAlbany comes home for a weekend of matches, taking on Providence on Friday at 7 p.m. at the University Gym.