Head coach Don Metil led the women's volleyball team to a 3-1 mark last week.
Head coach Don Metil led the women's volleyball team to a 3-1 mark last week.

Sept. 22, 2008

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men's and women's cross-country teams hosted the Cappy Anderson Invitational while the women's volleyball team hit the road to Williamsburg, Va., for the Colonial Challenge.


The men's and women's cross-country teams each finished third at the Cappy Anderson Invitational Saturday. On the men's side, the Hawks were bested by Pittsburgh (41 points) and Seton Hall (56 points). UMES tallied 77 points on strong finishes from Amon Kiprotich and Peter Sang, who were third and fourth, in times of 25:45.47 and 25:50.31, respectively.

Maritim Shadrock was 12th in 26:31.99 for the UMES men, and was followed by Solomon Kirongo (Nairobi, Kenya) in 22nd spot (27:26.68) and Jerome Pyuzza in 41st (29:08.17) as the other scorers for the Hawks.

Merrecia James was fourth for the Lady Hawks in 18:18.10. The UMES women had 106 points, while Pittsburgh (41 points) and Norfolk State (81 points) took first and second overall.

UMES placed three more women in the top-21 spots. Cynthia Anais (Paris, France) was 13th in 19:10.01. Celia Whyte finished 16th with a time of 19:24.67, and Eunice Jones was 21st in 19:31.87. Janeth Chelangat was the Hawks' final scorer, finishing 61st in 22:16.67.


The women's volleyball team came home from Buffalo, N.Y. ready to play against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rival Norfolk State in a non-conference match. The Lady Hawks took control of nearly every category, beating the Spartans, 3-0 (25-9, 25-10, 25-12).

Christine Edwards led the Hawks attack with eight kills, followed by Whitney Johnson with six and Christina Estebané, Thonya Joseph and Caylin Woodward who had five kills apiece. Estebané had her fourth straight double-double, posting game highs of 18 assists and 13 digs.

The Lady Hawks didn't fair as well in their first match at the Colonial Challenge against host William & Mary, falling, 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15).

Estebane' collected another double-double, tying the Tribe's Kim Mount with the game-high 36 assists and picking up a team high 17 digs. Johnson had the game-high 14 kills, while Edwards was the only other Hawk in double figures with 12 kills.

Day two of competition saw the UMES get wins against Elon and Radford to end the weekend with a 7-6 record.

Against Elon, Estebané recorded a triple-double, with 33 assists, 13 digs and 10 kills. Johnson had a team-high 14 kills and Edwards finished with 13.

Woodward tied Estebané with a team-high 13 digs. As a team, UMES outperformed Radford in kills, assists, aces, digs and blocks. Johnson had a match-high eight kills, three of which came in the first set where she committed no errors. In fact, UMES committed just one attack error in the entire set.

Estebané had a match-high 24 assists and seven digs. And Woodward was big defensively, finishing with a team-high 13 digs. Samantha Pimental put down a game-high five aces. She is ranked nationally in aces per set and is tied with Edwards for the team high on the season.

The cap on the weekend was the naming of Woodward and Estebané to the all-tournament team.

Woodward had 18 kills and added 12 assists and 39 digs on defense to play a big part in the team's success.

Estebané posted 14 kills, 93 assists and 37 digs. The setter was also up at the net, tallying five blocks (four against Radfiord) in the team's 10 sets.


The cross-country teams will be travelling to Hunt Valley, Md., to compete in the Towson Invitational on Oct. 3.

Still on the road, the Lady Hawks travel to the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Lady Rams Invitational. Starting with Saint Augustine's at 4 p.m. and Savannah State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, they will see host WSSU at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27. The teams will then have a playoff to see who finishes first in the tournament. Immediately following the tournament, UMES will head to Durham, N.C., to face off against North Carolina Central on Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.