HAWK TALK, Week of Oct. 31-Nov.6
Hawks basketball will open their season with an exhibition this Thursday, Nov. 10
Hawks basketball will open their season with an exhibition this Thursday, Nov. 10

Nov. 7, 2005

By Rena Bishop
Sports Information

Week in Review (Oct. 31- Nov. 6)

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athletics Department is pleased to announce that all UMES faculty and staff members will be admitted free to the Hawks' first home basketball contest on November 10, 2005. The game is titled `UMES Leadership Night,' as the Hawks pay respect to the University leaders, the faculty and staff that have set an example for all students to follow.

The date features a men and women's game; both are exhibitions. The women's game pits the Lady Hawks against in state rival Bowie State University starting at 5:00 pm. The men will play immediately after the game, approximately 7:00 pm, against Davis & Elkins College. Both are the only exhibition games that the teams will play.

All fans are encouraged to wear their maroon and gray or other UMES apparel to show your support of the Hawks on their opening night. Admission will be charged to all other fans at the price of $8.00. The one-time fee gets you into both games. However, all students, faculty and staff will be admitted at no cost with the presentation of their UMES ID.

Giveaways and entertainment are planned for the games.

UMES features three pre-season All-MEAC players between the two teams. The women are led by Kristi Veltkamp (All-MEAC First Team) and Jamila Griffith (All-MEAC Second Team) while the Fighting Hawks showcase Tim Parham (All-MEAC Second Team and 2005 NBA draft entrant) and Qavotstaraj Waddell (Street & Smith's MEAC Pre-Season Top Newcomer).

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced that two UMES basketball games will be aired on ESPNU this season.

The all-college sports network will televise the January 16, 2006 games against Delaware State as part of the network's Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage. The men's game will be shown live beginning at 2:00 pm, as the Hawks battle the defending conference champions in an afternoon matinee. The women's game will follow around 4:30 PM and will air tape delayed that evening on ESPNU at 10:00 PM. These times are rescheduled from the original 7:30 and 5:30 pm starts.

The MEAC signed a seven-year agreement (through 2011-2012) with the new ESPN network earlier this year to televise multiple sports. ESPN will feature a full day of MEAC action on Dr. King Day, including a noon tip-off matching Bethune-Cookman College and North Carolina A & T State on ESPN2. Following the UMES-Delaware State men's game Norfolk State at Morgan State will air on "The U" at 6:00 PM. The holiday coverage wraps up with the tape-delayed UMES women's game.

The UMES coaches are excited about playing on the National Stage. "This is a great opportunity for not just our program, but also for the Athletic Department, University and the whole state of Maryland. For over seven million homes to be able to see our game is advantageous for everyone involved," said Head Women's Basketball Coach Fred Batchelor.

"I am thrilled about this television event," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Lessett. "We have a great facility and a great program, and showcasing them like this is a great opportunity for us."

The Lady Hawks-Lady Hornets contest will be one of only two regular season MEAC women's games to air on the ESPN Networks this season. The other will feature Coppin State at Hampton on February 13 on ESPNU. Five other men's contests will air on ESPNU during the regular season.

As in years past, an ESPN Network (yet to be determined) will carry the men's MEAC Championship on March 11 at 7:30 PM. The women's final will air live on ESPNU that same day at 3:30 PM.

The Lady Hawk Women's Bowling Team rebounded from a so-so opening weekend to dominate the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division meet on Nov. 5-6. UMES went 8-1 on the weekend and improved their record to 15-4 on the young season.

Hawk Head Coach Sharon Brummell wasn't pleased with last weekend's effort but was thrilled with the Hawk's performance in Hampton. "We bowled extremely well this weekend, we had high individual and team averages. I challenged them to pick it up and we did. When we bowl at our best you see what we can achieve."

UMES came out strong on day one, posting a perfect 5-0 mark, knocking off Howard (1017-967), Coppin State (875-717), Morgan State (1024-845), Delaware State (983-915) and Hampton (1060-877).

Individually sophomore Jessica Worsley was on fire, averaging a 230 in four games, totaling 922 pins. Keeping pace was last week's MVP, MaryEtta Lewis who totaled 878 pins, a four game average of 219. Also helping to keep the Hawks strong was Christine King. The sophomore tallied 825 pins, a four game average of 206.

Worsley rolled the high game of the day with a 247 while Lewis tallied a 244 one game later.

On day two the Hawks continued their dominance, going 3-1. The loss was to Howard who beat the Hawks by rolling a 1078 to their 972. "Howard was bowling really well that game," said Brummell. "I can't be upset with an 8-1 record especially when we rolled a 972 in the one loss."

The three wins came against Coppin State (924-701), Delaware State (1040-824) and Hampton (1098-848). The1098 was the Hawk's best team game of the weekend.

It was freshman Jamie Culbreth who had the high game of the weekend for the Hawks, rolling a 256 against Coppin State while Sandra Maresca totaled a 253 against Delaware State.

Overall, UMES had four bowlers average over 200. Maresca with a 203, King with a 207, Lewis with a 217 and Worsley with a 221. The Lady Hawks also got strong outings from Culbreth who averaged a 196, freshman Laura Zanrucha who averaged a 192, Sara DiScioscia who averaged a 174 and Megan Raymond who averaged a 173.

The maroon and gray next hit the alleys this weekend (Nov. 12th & 13th) against the same five teams but this time in Dover, Del.

The Lady Hawk volleyball team took a game from Rhode Island but went on to lose the match 3-1 on Nov. 5 at LIU's Blackbird Invitational. The Rams topped UMES 16-30, 25-30, 30-27 and 29-31.

Leading the Lady Hawk attack was freshman Yael Rozner, who fell one kill short of her third triple-double of the season. Rozner finished with nine kills, 17 assists and 13 digs. Eriel Jeffery seven kills to go along with five block assists, while Nicole Wilson added a season high nine block assists. Libero Stephanie Braxton dug out 15 balls on the defensive end while Kim Braxton added 13.

Rhode Island overpowered UMES from the get-go as the Rams took an easy 30-16 first-game victory. URI went on to take a close second game 30-25. An ace from freshman Chanita Wesley got the Lady Hawks back on track in game three. Wesley's ace, one of four in the contest for the outside hitter, helped UMES tie the score up at 7-7. The maroon and gray pushed to a four point lead later (28-24), forcing a Rhode Island timeout. The Lady Hawks closed the game out with a kill from Rozner, 30-27.

Game four remained close and produced several ties and lead changes. Errors plagued both teams throughout, but the Rams held on to win the game 31-29, clinching the match. The Lady Hawks dropped a 3-0 non-conference decision to Temple earlier in the day. Freshman Maja Baltic led the maroon and gray with seven kills and seven digs while Wesley added four kills. Rozner added a team high 14 assists. Patricia Vernon and Christina DeMarco led Temple with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while Ying Sun Ling led in digs with 14.

UMES (5-26) will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with a 7 p.m. contest at Morgan State.

Upcoming Week (Nov. 7 - Nov. 13)

Lady Hawk Volleyball will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with a 7 p.m. contest at Morgan State. They end their season this Friday, Nov. 11 with a 7 p.m. decision at George Washington.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Lady Hawks Women's Basketball Team plays in their season opener exhibition game against Bowie State while the Fighting Hawks hosts Davis & Elkins. Both games will be held at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

Women's Bowling will be back on the road this weekend as they travel to Dover, Del. to compete in MEAC North Competition on Nov. 12-13.