Hartford Hawks Athletics – Volleyball returns home to host UAlbany on Sunday

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WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – After claiming their first victory of the season in Eastern America last weekend, the Hartford volleyball team returns home to host UAlbany on Sunday. Hartford Volleyball Gym’s first service is 5 p.m.

MATCH 18 | HARTFORD HAWKS (3-14, 1-3 AE) vs. UALBANY GREAT DANES (7-11, 3-1 AE)
DATE | TIME: Sunday October 17 | 5:00 p.m.
SITE: Hartford Volleyball Gym (West Hartford, Connecticut)
LIVE STATISTICS: Handgun Statistics
DIRECT: East America TV
TWITTER: @HartfordWVB | #FlyHigh | #AEVB

HARTFORD QUICK HATS

  • Hartford split two road games last weekend, falling to UAlbany in straight sets on Friday before rallying to a 3-1 win at Binghamton on Sunday
  • After back-to-back doubles – totaling 29 kills and 30 recoveries – rookie Cambryn Luginbuhl is one of the league’s main offensive threats.
  • Hailing from Tolland, Connecticut, she leads East America in eliminations (246), eliminations per set (4.03), points (271) and points per set (4.44)
  • Senior Valérie Dide, who has recorded a career-high seven blocks twice this season, leads the defense and is seventh in the conference with 0.87 blocks per set
  • Her presence has been felt even more since the start of the league, where she pushed that number to 1.19 blocks per set.
  • Senior Alex Lucero has proven to be a mainstay on the Hartford line in conference games as she leads all players with 5.63 digs per game

LAST TIME

  • The Hawks came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Binghamton, 3-1, last Sunday in Vestal, NY
  • Luginbuhl and junior Maddie lindsay recorded double digits in kills, finishing with 19 and 10, respectively
  • Diede (3 aces, 3 blocks) and Lucero (26 digs) punctuated the Hawks defensively in the victory

SCOUTING UALBANY

  • The Danes face New Hampshire on Friday night before heading to West Hartford for Sunday’s game
  • UAlbany enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak after beating Stony Brook (3-0), Hartford (3-0) and NJIT (3-1)
  • Kelly Kamara (2.51 eliminations per set), Oren Abutbul (2.50) and Danielle Tedesco (2.25) punctuate a balanced attack from the Great Danes who ranks fourth in Eastern America with a hitting percentage from 0.177
  • Tedesco recorded a record 12 kills in last Friday’s win over Hartford
  • Defensively, UAlbany is averaging 2.28 blocks per set, the second largest in East America

STORY OF THE SERIES WITH UALBANY

  • Hartford and UAlbany meet for second time in 10 days on Sunday
  • The Great Danes improved to 41-4 in the all-time series after scoring a 3-0 victory when they last met on October 8.
  • UAlbany has a 23-game winning streak dating back to 2010

KILLA CAM LUGINBUHL

  • Luginbuhl has been one of the league’s best newcomers this season
  • She racked up five America East Weekly Awards this season
  • A four-time America East Rookie of the Week (Aug.31, Sept.7, 14, Oct.12), she was also named the league’s player of the week on Aug.31.
  • A native of Tolland, Connecticut, she became the first player in the program’s history to begin her career by winning three consecutive Rookie of the Week awards.
  • Additionally, Luginbuhl is only the second Hawk to win the honor in three consecutive weeks, joining his current teammate Lindsay.
  • Luginbuhl ranks second in program history behind current teammate Maddie lindsay – eight-time Rookie of the Week 2019 recipient – for the most weekly awards earned by a Hawk freshman
  • Luginbuhl leads Hartford with six double doubles, including a recent 19 kill and 14 dig effort last Sunday against Binghamton

GALLIGAN ISLAND

  • Second year Morgan galligan exploded onto the scene in 2021
  • Hartford’s top passer, she is third in the league with 501 assists and fourth in the conference with 8.21 assists per set
  • Galligan has recorded 20 or more assists in 11 games this season, most recently posting 25 assists in a lost effort to UMBC on October 3.
  • She recorded a career-high 51 assists in a thrilling five-set win over Quinnipiac

ALEX THE GREAT

  • Lucero enters the weekend as America East leader in set recoveries (4.90)
  • A native of Plano, Texas, she led the Hawks in 13 games this season, including a career best 34 dig in a win over Quinnipiac on September 3.
  • Lucero scored his 1,000th career dig against Bryant earlier this season on September 21
  • His 1,087 career digs rank fifth in the program’s rally scoring era

THE Ace of HARTFORD

  • Diede, who leads the Hartford defense and is seventh in the league with 0.87 against per set, has been on top of his serve game since the start of America East.
  • In 16 sets, she leads the league in serving aces (10) and serving aces per set (0.63)
  • The senior was impressive in last Sunday’s win over Binghamton, delivering three straight aces to open a 19-19 stalemate and propel the Hawks to victory in the third set

NEXT TO TAP

  • The Hawks stay home to welcome Stony Brook on Friday (October 22)
  • The first service is set for 7 p.m. from the Hartford Volleyball Gym

For more information on the Hartford Volleyball team, stay on HartfordHawks.com for updates and follow the team on social media (Twitter | Instagram)



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