HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Zavior Brown (pictured) placed fifth at the DSU Invitational this past weekend
Zavior Brown (pictured) placed fifth at the DSU Invitational this past weekend

Oct. 8, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.  – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program had two of its teams in action this past week as the volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 victory over Coppin State in their home opener and the cross country teams placed well at the Delaware State University Invitational.

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

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team only participated in one match this past week. The Hawks rolled to a 3-0 victory over Coppin State on Friday night in the team’s home opener. With the victory, UMES has now won 25 consecutive matches at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hill, Texas) and sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) each posted a game-high 10 kills in the game, while Ibe had six blocks. The Hawks were also aided by the performance of sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario), who posted 30 assists and eight digs.

The Hawks combined for 10.5 blocks in the three sets, while they held the Eagles to a -.025 hitting percentage. UMES hit .370 as a team and posted 37 kills with just 10 attack errors. The team also added 10 service aces.

Dating back to last season, UMES has now won 15 straight regular season conference matches.

CROSS COUNTRY

The cross country teams participated in the Delaware State Invitational this past weekend. The teams each concluded the race with third-place finishes, courtesy of the strong performances of several Hawk runners.

For the men, Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) led the way with a fifth-place time of 28:37.39. His performance in the men’s 8k race was 15 seconds faster than senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.), who was 10th with a time of 29:57.92. Gbedo was followed up by juniors Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.) and Shaquille Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.), who finished in 14th and 20th place, respectively.  The top five was rounded out by sophomore Javierelle Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.) as he concluded the meet with a 21st place time of 33:24.96.

The women were led in the Delaware State Invitational by senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) and freshman Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.), who finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Gallas’ time of 21:29.14 was nearly 10 seconds faster than Folk, who was followed by sophomore Annis Mars’ (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 15th place time of 22:04.41.The trio were the only UMES competitors to finish within the top-25 as senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, N.Y.) and Nancy Yao rounded out the top-5 for the Hawks. Wade was 26th (24:58.53) and Yao ended the race one spot behind in 27th (25:18.86).

PECKS…

  • This week’s featured student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk…, was senior sprinter Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique)
  • The Hawk bowling team opened up the NTCA preseason poll as the top team in the nation
  • Ibe and Brown were selected as the PRMC UMES Student Athletes of the Week
  • Women’s basketball coach, Fred Batchelor, announced his recruiting class for the 2012-13 season with nine freshman signees

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