HAWK TALK, WEEK OF OCTOBER 18-24
Oct. 25, 2004
By Chevonne Mansfield
Week in Review (Oct. 18-Oct. 24)
The week of Oct. 18-Oct. 24 was extremely successful for UMES Athletics, with the volleyball and women's bowling teams each clinching first place finishes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division standings.
The Hawk Volleyball Team continued their recent dominance of the MEAC Northern Division by clinching first place with a win over Delaware State on Thursday, October 21.
Jana Milin had 17 kills and Mandie Dever added 10 to lead UMES to the 3-0 victory, winning by scores of 30-26, 30-28 and 30-21. Kate Smith had a game-high 37 assists for the Hawks, while also leading the team with seven digs. Laura Huculak led Delaware State with 10 kills. Dawn Alford had a team-high 24 assists, while Desiree Abeyta led the Hornets with 10 digs.
The win moved the Hawks to 13-13 overall but extends their MEAC record to 6-2 with just Coppin State left on their conference schedule. With Delaware State (8-19, 6-4 MEAC) and Morgan State both finishing at 6-4, the Hawks have secured first in the division and at least a top three finish overall in the conference.
UMES hit the road again, playing their second game in as many days when they faced Howard in non-conference match in Washington D.C. on Friday, October 22. The Hawks continued their solid play one night after coming off of a MEAC North title, defeating the Bison 3-0 (30-27, 30-28, 30-20). The Hawks (14-13, 7-2 MEAC) won the match, their seventh win in their last eight matches, behind the strong play of Jana Milin who recorded 18 kills, six service aces and nine digs. Every Hawk played as junior Mandie Dever turned in another solid performance recording 12 kills and five digs. Kate Smith pitched in with a match high 41 assists. The win gave the Hawks the season sweep of Howard and pushed their record over the .500 mark for the first time since they defeated this same Howard squad on September 21, 2004 when they improved to 7-6.
Men's tennis was also in action, traveling to Baltimore, MD to face Coppin State on Friday, October 22. The Hawks ended the fall portion of their 2004-2005 season with a 4-3 heartbreaking loss to the Eagles. Coppin State improved to 2-2 on the season with the win and remained unbeaten in MEAC play at 2-0. UMES fell to 0-2 overall and in league play.
Florin Celea and Joseph Reynolds of Coppin State both won their final matches of the fall campaign. Celea improved to 5-0 with his No. 1 singles victory over UMES' Christopher Clarke in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, while Reynolds, playing for the first time at No. 2 singles, defeated Hawk Rob Schneider, 6-0, 6-0. Christian Lerebours defeated UMES' Harold Fowler, 6-4, 6-4 in a No. 3 match.
The bright spot for the Hawks was the final three singles matches, but the Eagles won the doubles points, taking two of the three doubles matches away from UMES for the 4-3 victory. Hawks Hasika Pamunuwa and Shahan Sudusinghe were the lone victors in doubles competition and also picked up singles wins along with William `Max' Miller.
UMES tennis opens the spring season on Feb. 17-20, 2005, when it takes part in the MEAC Round-Up at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Women's bowling wrapped up the week in Hawk Athletics, competing in MEAC Northern Division play in nearby Pocomoke, MD, on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24. UMES continued their dominance of the MEAC Northern Division, knocking off Morgan State, Howard, and Delaware State, each three games to none, to lock a first place finish in the MEAC North. The wins improved their record to 20-4 in the MEAC standings and 41-4 in the NCAA standings.
The Hawks opened the weekend by knocking off rival Morgan State 3-0, a difference of 493 pins (3159-2666). That match saw a high game of 255 from Erin Fagan and a high series of 683 from freshman Jessica Worsley.
UMES ended day one with a match against Howard University. The Lady Bison of Howard are responsible for three of the Hawks losses this season (although none were in league play), but this time UMES defeated Howard 3-0, 2891-2743 pins. Worsley was the high scorer again as she rolled a 678 series.
On day two the Lady Hawks' lone opponent was Delaware State. UMES easily took care of the Hornets 2774-2320, three games to none. Worsley again was hot, throwing a 610 series. Sandra Maresca rolled the high series for the Hawks, a 645 and Kristie Minnis rolled a solid 611 series.
The Lady Hawks take a week off before returning to action in Atlanta at the Brunswick Southern Classic on November 6 & 7.
Upcoming Week (Oct. 25-Oct. 31)
Volleyball returns to action on Wednesday, October 27 to face non-conference opponent Loyola Maryland in a 7:00pm match. The very next day, Thursday, October 28, the Hawks will travel to Virginia to play the Hampton Pirates in a match slated for 6:00pm.
Women's tennis will finish the fall portion of the 2004-05 season on Friday, October 29 when they face the Coppin State Eagles in an 11:00am match.
Last but not least, Cross Country will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to participate in the MEAC Championships, hosted by North Carolina A&T, on Saturday, October 30.
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