HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Victoria Williams (pictured) had 32 kills for UMES at the Roadrunner Invitational
Victoria Williams (pictured) had 32 kills for UMES at the Roadrunner Invitational

Sept. 24, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw three of its fall athletic teams in action this past week as the cross country teams fared well at the Towson Invitational and the volleyball team dropped three matches in California. The women’s cross country team headlined the weekend with a fourth-place finish, but several volleyball players posted fantastic performances to lead their team in Bakersfield,

Let's take a look at action from this past week:

VOLLEYBALL

The Hawks, who came into the week riding a 10-match winning streak, dropped all four of their matches at the Roadrunner Invitational this past week.

UMES opened the tournament with a match against the hosts, CSU-Bakersfield, on Thursday. The women fell in the match 3-1, but were led by the performance of freshman Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberg (St. Veiterstrabe, Austria). Ebster-Schwarzenberg had a team-high 12 kills in the match, while sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) had 29 assists and six digs.

In the Hawks’ second game of the day, sophomore Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a team-high 12 kills and junior Megan Mueller (Manchester, Mo.) had five digs against Utah Valley. The Hawks were upended in all three games, but stayed close despite a plethora of injuries.

The maroon and gray concluded the week with a loss to CSU-Bakersfield on Friday. The Hawks took the first game 25-18, but were unable to tame a vicious Roadrunner offensive attack the rest of the way. UMES had two players with double-digit kills in Williams and junior Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah), who had 13 and 11, respectively. Vicic chipped in with 35 assists and eight digs.

Despite the tough week, UMES still holds a 14-4 record on the season.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s cross country team placed eighth at the Towson Invitational this past weekend. Senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) was UMES’ top performer in the race, as he finished in 30th place with a time of 30:20.51. Gbedo was closely followed by sophomore Yonathan Estifanos (Mt. Ranier, Md.), who made his Hawk debut with a time of 33:52.59 in 43rd place.

Kraig Webb and junior Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.) crossed the finish line in 45th and 46th, respectively. The top-five was rounded out by junior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.). Chatman was the fifth male Hawk runner in the top-50 as he was 49th with a time of 35:41.72.   

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The women took fourth at the Towson Invitational this past weekend. The squad was paced by senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France), who finished in 27th place with a time of 22:16.13. Gallas was followed by sophomore Latitia Salley (Linden, N.J.), who finished just behind her with a time of 22:21.30.

The next runners to place for UMES were senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) and freshman Taylor Polk (Baltimore, Md). The pair ended up in 31st and 32nd with times of 22:48.96 and 22:58.63, respectively.  

OTHER PECKS...

  • Senior bowler Valentina Collazos was honored as this week’s spotlight student-athlete on A Walk with a Hawk…
  • Cross country swept the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week for the second time this year
  • Williams led UMES with 32 kills this past weekend at the Roadrunner Invitational

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