UAlbany Volleyball Looks to Lock Down America East Tournament Berth on the Road
UAlbany Looks to Lock Down America East Tournament Berth on the Road
DURHAM, N.H. – The Great Danes head to New England this weekend to finish the America East regular season, taking on first-place New Hampshire on Friday at 7 p.m., then UMass Lowell the next day at 7 p.m.
UAlbany can secure an America East berth with a win this weekend or a Binghamton loss. The Great Danes enter the weekend tied for second place in the AE at 8-4 and 8-17 overall. UNH stands first in conference at 10-2 and 16-12 this season, while conference newcomer UMass Lowell in 0-12 in the league and 0-24 on the year.
In October, UAlbany swept both teams at the University Gym. Under MJ Engstrom, UAlbany is 10-1 vs. UNH and 1-0 vs. UML. In the first-ever Division I match between the two schools, UAlbany swept UMass Lowell on October 18th at home. Tatum Jungsten hit .579 in the match with 13 kills, while UML setter Kamiren Humphrey had 19 assists and nine digs.
Later on Sunday, October 20th, UAlbany swept New Hampshire to claim a share of first place in the league. Samantha Brostrom nearly had a double double with 17 kills and eight digs, while Mikala McCauley had 34 assists and 19 digs. Tori Forrest led UNH with nine kills and 14 digs.
Finishing out the home regular season, UAlbany took care of business at home with a couple of conference victories over Providence in three and Hartford in four. Before the Hartford match, graduate student Maxence Dardelet was honored for Senior Day.
New Hampshire can claim the 1-seed and host the league tournament with a win this weekend. The Wildcats hit .203 to lead the league and are led in kills by sophomore outside Tori Forrest with 293 kills and 21 aces. Senior right side Destiny Tolliver has 177 kills and 101 blocks, one of two players at 100-100, while senior Morgan Thatcher stands with 285 kills and 90 blocks.
Conference newcomer UMass Lowell will finish its season this weekend against UAlbany. Junior middle Anisa Smith is hitting .181 with a team-best 145 kills and 59 total blocks. In the back row, senior Carolyn Eddy has 253 digs, while junior outside currently has 113 kills and 128 digs.