HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Jessica Long (pictured) dazzled the crowd with a solid performance in the women's scrimmage
Jessica Long (pictured) dazzled the crowd with a solid performance in the women's scrimmage

Oct. 22, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.  – The past week of action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program was one to surely remember. The volleyball team won both of their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches at home, while the basketball programs kicked off their season at Hawk Hysteria. The action for the week was capped by the bowling team, who received several preseason accolades.

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

VOLLEYBALL

UMES (21-4, 7-0 MEAC) extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 29 matches with a pair of victories. The effort moved the Hawks’ undefeated mark in conference play to 19.

The Hawks began the week with a 3-0 victory over Delaware State on Friday, Oct. 19. Sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) led the way with 17 kills, three digs and two blocks in the Hawks’ win on Friday night. Senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) was not far behind Iosia’s performance with a 15 kill, four block effort. Ibe’s effort moved her to triple-digit blocks on the year. Sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) had 33 assists in the game.

The women recorded their second shutout of the week with a 3-0 victory over Morgan State on Sunday, Oct. 22. Senior Corey Haynes (Falls Church, Va.) posted six kills and six blocks, while Iosia had 14 kills and Ibe chipped in with four service aces. The Hawks hit .414 in the match and did not allow MSU to reach over 16 points in any game.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The basketball teams kicked off their 2012-13 campaign at the third annual Hawk Hysteria. The event provided fans with the first public glimpse of either team. The night featured a wide variety of games, prizes and presentations. The UMES women’s bowling team was presented with their NCAA Championship rings and each player was introduced to the large crowd in attendance. The night saw several different dance teams perform and many former Hawk basketball alums were honored.  

UMES President Dr. Juliette B. Bell made an appearance at the event, but she was not the only big name there. Also in attendance were Jesse T. Williams (Chair of the Board of UMES Visitors), Charles Otto (Maryland Delegate), Dr. Kirkland Hall (Former Coach/Exercise Science professor) and many more.

The basketball teams were each introduced one-by-one and participated in scrimmages. The women’s game included two 10-minute halves, while the men went with two eight-minute frames with a running clock.

On the women’s side, Associate Head Coach Revonda Whitley delighted the crowd with a captivating dance to “Wobble” by V.I.C. and Head Coach Fred Batchelor delivered an impressive speech to the crowd before the game. The game saw a lot of standout play, including that of senior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.), sophomore Jessica Long (Ft. Washington, Md.) and freshman Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.).

For the men, freshman Dominique Cowell (Hampton, Va.) opened the announcements with a dance that brought the crowd to its feet. His performance was rivaled by that of Head Coach, Frankie Allen, who amazed everyone in attendance with a smooth dance to “Before I Let You Go” by Frankie Beverly. Cowell also sang the national anthem for the volleyball game earlier in the day.

The game saw a plethora of dunks, three-pointers and good defensive play. Juniors Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) and Francis Ezeiru (Nigeria) were each impressive during the game.

PECKS…

  • This week’s featured student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk…, was senior cross country runner Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.)
  • The bowling team was introduced as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC North. Senior T’nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) was named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and Falbo, senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) each were named to the preseason first-team
  • UMES bowling was named No. 1 in the NTCA Media and Coaches Poll
  • Ibe and Iosia were named the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week this past week
  • The volleyball team moved the nation’s longest home-winning streak to 29 games this week

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