Oct. 20, 2013
The Providence College volleyball team lost 3-1 on Sunday, October 20 at UMBC. The Friars record now stands at 11-13 overall and 3-4 America East. UMBC improves to 14-8 on the season and 5-2 in the America East.
After being down 17-7, Providence rallied back to tie the first set at 24, forcing extra points. UMBC then went on to score two straight points and take the set 26-24. Each team had 17 kills in the opening set. Junior Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.) led the Friars in kills with six. Defensively, freshman Michelle Cruz (Midland Park, N.J.) chipped in with eight digs.
The Retrievers won the second set, 25-18. PC pulled within two (20-18) until UMBC went on a five-point run to take with set and go up 2-0 in the match. Freshman Kayla Fitzgerald (Redlands, Calif.) and sophomore Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) both had three kills.
Providence started strong in the third set and jumped out to a 13-8 lead. The two teams traded points at the end of the set, with the Friars eventually winning the set, 25-22. Fitzgerald led PC by registering six kills in the set. Wiesler's sets led the Friars to a .333 hitting percentage.
The Friars again battle late in the fourth set, but UMBC was able to take the fourth set (25-22) and clinch the match, 3-1. Freshman Kayla Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) had five kills in the set.
Overall, Providence was led by Fitzgerald who tallied 15 kills. Ziegler also reached double-digits in kills with 13. Wiesler contributed 46 assists. Cruz and junior Kelly Ashmore (St. Louis, Mo.) notched double-digit digs, recording 29 and 13, respectively.
Mallory McIntyre had 51 assists while helping five Retrievers reached double-digits in kills, with Hannah Schmidt having 17. Three UMBC players had 18 digs (Casey Griffith, Tanaeri Santiago, Ali Goc).
The Friars play in-state rival Rhode Island in the team's next match on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The match is set to start at 7:00 p.m. in Kingston, R.I.