Volleyball Returns Home to Host Dig Pink Game
Nov. 2 vs. Hartford
Nov. 4 vs. Stony Brook
UAlbany (13-8, 7-1 AE) | Hartford (10-11, 3-6 AE) | Stony Brook (18-8, 9-0 AE)
Albany, N.Y. — Following a six-game road stint, the UAlbany volleyball team returns to University Gym this weekend for a pair of America East matches. The Great Danes kick off their return to home with a Friday night tilt against Hartford (7 p.m.) before entertaining Stony Brook in a Sunday matinee (2 p.m.).
Sunday’s contest against the Seawolves is the annual Dig Pink match for breast cancer awareness. UAlbany will be wearing pink jerseys during the match. The Great Danes are also raising funds for the Side-Out Foundation, which teams up with volleyball teams across the country to help in the fight against breast cancer.
To find out more about the Side-Out Foundation or help support the cause, click here!
Due to a university event on Sunday, there will be a $5 charge to park in the SEFCU lot, outside the football stadium. Free parking will be available in the Dutch lot further down East University Drive. There will be no parking charge on Friday night.
Leading the Pack
- Akuabata Okenwa is pacing the squad with 236 kills and 2.99 kills per set.
- Nicole Otero is posting a team-high 408 digs on the year and owns a 18 service aces to lead all players. This is Otero’s fourth consecutive season with 400-plus digs.
- Danielle Tedesco’s 66 total blocks ranks first on the team, while Courtney O’Connell sits in second with 65 of her own.
- The Great Danes carry a five-game win streak into the weekend.
- UAlbany swept Hartford in straight sets, 3-0, back on October 7.
- The Great Danes lone conference loss this season came at Stony Brook on October 15. The Seawolves won the match 3-1.
- UAlbany earns a 3-0 clip in friendly confines while Hartford owns a 1-4 clip on the road. Stony Brook owns a 4-4 record on the road but is perfect away from home in conference action (3-0).
America East Standings
With a 7-1 conference record, the Great Danes currently sit second in the America East standings. UAlbany’s only conference loss came at the hands of an undefeated Stony Brook team, 9-0.
Digging Her Way to the Top
Nicole Otero earned her 1,500th career dig on Sept. 7 against Western Illinois, becoming just the fourth Great Dane to reach the milestone. Her 1,783 career digs rank third all-time at UAlbany.
Ranking in the Conference
- Digs:Nicole Otero (5.10 per set, second)
- Kills:Akuabata Okenwa (2.99 per set, sixth) | Chloe Evering (2.88 per set, seventh)
- Hitting Percentage:Danielle Tedesco (.274, fifth) | Chloe Evering (.256, eighth)
- Blocks:Danielle Tedesco (0.85, third) | Courtney O’Connell (0.83 per set, fifth)
- Points:Akuabata Okenwa (3.53 per set, sixth) | Chloe Evering (3.08 per set, eighth)
- As a team, UAlbany is holding its opponents to a league-best .184 hitting percentage.
- Akuabata Okenwa was named the FGCU Invitational’s Most Valuable Player, earning all-tournament honors. She was joined on the FGCU All-Tournament Team by Nicole Oteroand Kelly Cameron.
- Akuabata Okenwa earned Black Knight Invitational All-Tournament Honors on Sept. 1, after racking up 35 kills and seven blocks over the weekend.
- Senior Nicole Otero was named to the Sports Import Classic All-Tournament Team on August 25 following a tournament-high 46 digs.
AE Weekly Honors