Volleyball Set to Close Regular Season at Binghamton
ALBANY, N.Y.- The University at Albany volleyball team is set to close out the regular season on Friday, November 15 at Binghamton. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. With a win, the Great Danes will have full possession of the America East regular season title.
Friday, November 15 at Binghamton (7:00 p.m.)
Leading the Pack
- Akuabata Okenwa leads the team in kills with 288, averaging 3.43 per set.
- Malea Stanton leads the team in assists with 531, averaging 6.32 per set.
- The Great Danes clinched the top seed in the America East Tournament, and have a 8-1 record against the America East.
- UAlbany also clinched at least a share of the regular season title after its win against Stony Brook on Sunday.
- Charlotte Macken leads the team in digs with 241, averaging 3.54 per set.
- The Great Danes finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record at home.
- The Bearcats enter the match with a 0-21 record (0-8 AE).
- The team is coming off a three set loss to New Hampshire on Friday.
- When the Great Danes and Bearcats last met on October 18, UAlbany won in three sets.
- Junior outside hitter Francela Ulate leads the team in kills (169) and sophomore setter Kiara Adams leads in assists (452).
After the win against Stony Brook on Sunday, the Great Danes clinched the top seed in the America East. As the top seed in the conference, UAlbany will host the tournament that will be Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23. The semifinal games that Friday will be at 4 pm and 7 pm, and the championship Saturday will be at 5 p.m. Ticket information will be posted at a later date.
The Great Danes are 20th in the nation and first in the America East for blocks with 352, averaging 2.64 per set. Noa Brach is second in the conference averaging 1.22 per set, and teammate Danielle Tedesco is in third averaging 1.19 per set. UAlbany also had a season high 20 blocks in the four set win over Stony Brook on Sunday.
Okenwa, Macken Earn Weekly Honors (11/12)
Okenwa and Macken each earned weekly conference honors this week after leading the Great Danes to wins against Hartford and Stony Brook. Okenwa was tabbed Player of the Week after tallying double digit kills in the victories, and Macken was Defensive Specialist of the Week after notching 34 digs and five service aces.
Okenwa Earns Weekly Honors (10/15)
Okenwa was named America East Player of the Week this week after leading the team to big wins over Stony Brook and Hartford. The Canyon Country, California native notched 19 kills and hit .312 against the Seawolves, then added 12 kills and hit .450 against the Hawks.
Macken Earns Weekly Honors (10/1)
Macken was tabbed America East Defensive Specialist of the Week after helping the team to its first conference win of 2019 against UMBC. The Clifton Park, New York native tallied 29 digs, averaging 5.80 per set.
Okenwa Earns Weekly Honors (9/24)
Okenwa was named America East Co-Player of the Week after having a strong performance at the Art Carmichael Invitational. The redshirt senior notched 16 kills and hit .500 against Bryant along with had 20 kills and hit .283 against Boston College. She also tallied 10 blocks and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Okenwa, Stanton Earn Weekly Honors (9/3)
Okenwa and Stanton each earned weekly conference honors after having stellar performances at the Omaha Challenge. Okenwa was named Co-Player of the Week, while Stanton earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Five Great Danes who received America East All-Conference honors lasts season return in 2019. Chloe Evering, Okenwa, and Tedesco were named to the Second Team, and Andersen Vaughan and Grace Cozad earned All-Rookie Team accolades. On top of being named to the All-Rookie Team, Vaughan earned America East Rookie of the Year honors.
In the America East preseason poll, the Great Danes were selected to finish second with 19 points and one first place vote. Ahead of UAlbany was two-time defending conference champion Stony Brook, who received 25 points and five first place votes. Rounding out the rest of the poll was Hartford in third with 15 points, New Hampshire in fourth with 14 points, UMBC in fifth with 12 points and Binghamton in sixth with five points.
UAlbany will await its fourth-seeded opponent that the team will face in the semifinal on Friday, November 22. New Hampshire currently sits in second in the America East with a 6-2 record, Hartford is in third with a 5-4 record, and Stony Brook is fourth with a 4-5 record. Those three teams have clinched postseason spots.