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UMBC Falling to No. 20 Pepperdine in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament!


America East Champion UMBC travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to face No.20 Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship.

The UMBC Volleyball team finished the best season in the program’s history in the first round of the NCAA tournament falling to No.20 Pepperdine with set scores of 25-7, 25-22, and a very hard-fought third set by a score of 26-24.

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Zoi Sherolli: "I feel justified in choosing to come to America"

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Even though I had already entered the branch of Applied Mathematics and Science at the engineering school, I feel justified in choosing to come to America to pursue my academic career. The quality of the academia has exceeded my expectations and the fact that I have the opportunity to experience college life while playing volleyball is amazing.

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Conference Championships Week!

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UMBC defeated their rival UAlbany in a dramatic final of the America East Championship Tournament and became the 2020-2021 season America East Champions, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Beste Ayhan helped with 6 kills, 8 blocks and a dig for the win. Bradley and UTEP were eliminated in the semifinals of their conference tournaments. Doga Topcicek and Hande Yetis took part in the games. Hande Yetis finished with 21 assists, 1 ace and a dig; Doga Topcicek finished with 9 kills, 3 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs and a block.  UTRGV’s freshman outside hitter Ada Bulgur has been named a member of the WAC All-Freshman Team!

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Kathariou is Big East’s Defensive Player of the Week

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Due to her excellent performance in the St. John’s Red Storm last few victories, Kathariou was named the Big East Conference best defender for the second time this season!

Baka ends her season having played in all games without coming out in a single set. She is ranked in first place as the top scorer in her team with 194 kills this year. 

Coming up…four female Greek Civil Wars!

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Civil conflicts/friendly battles, Beste’s 7-7-7 stat lines, and Turkish players getting ready for the playoffs

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Two Nomos EVE 2020 participants, and starting freshmen outside hitters for their MVC teams, Doga Topcicek and Yagmur Cinel, faced each other last weekend. The first match winner was Doğa's team, the Bradley Braves, and the second match winner was Yagmur's team, the UNI Panthers. Doga Topcicek paced Bradley offensively with her season-high 13 kills. After last weekend, Bradley took 4th place for the MVC Tournament and UNI placed 7th. Both teams are guaranteed a spot for the upcoming MVC Volleyball Championship. UMBC swept Hartford two matches in a row in a single day, and Beste Ayhan recorded a match-best seven blocks in the first game and she was extremely strong and efficient on offense as she had seven kills on seven attacks in the second game. UTEP kept sweeping and earned the #2 seed for the upcoming Conference USA Tournament, while Hande Yetis recorded 19 assists in both games. 

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End of the Dance for young Balkan stars

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After dancing in the Big Dance and experiencing the wonders of March Madness over two rounds of highly-competitive basketball, Elena Tsineke of the University of South Florida (the only Greek who made it in the 2021 NCAA tournament) bid farewell to her remarkable sophomore campaign on March 23th. The USF Bulls, reaching as high as #12 in the country earlier this season, faced #1 seed North Carolina State University in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. USF lost 67-79, in a tough game. Despite the loss and not having her best game, Elena scored 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 32 minutes of action. She finished her season having a huge impact on the team and tremendously helping USF win the AAC title earlier in March, wrapping up averaging 13.6 points per game.


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