HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The 2012-13 sports season has begun at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as three of its four fall athletic squads participated in action this past week. The volleyball team went 4-1 at the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, Ga., while the cross country teams posted impressive finishes at the UMES Lid-Lifter.

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

VOLLEYBALL

Sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) spearheaded the charge for the volleyball team this past week as she collected 59 kills and 43 digs to lead the team to wins in four of its five matches. 

The Hawks began the week with a 3-2 victory over Southern Utah, before the squad had its 23-game regular season winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to New Mexico. UMES had three players notch double-digit kill tallies against the SUU as Iosia notched 21 to lead the way. In the loss to New Mexico, sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) had team-highs in assists (38) and digs (nine).

UMES (7-1) continued its play in the Tiger Invitational with two wins on Saturday. The Hawks posted 3-0 victories over both UNC-Asheville and Kennesaw State. In the opener against UNC-Asheville on Saturday, Iosia and junior Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) each had 11 kills, while four players contributed with at least 11 digs. The victory over KSU saw UMES post a 25-22 victory in game one, before cruising to wins in the final two games.

The women rolled to their seventh win of the season on Sunday when they crushed a Savannah State outfit, 3-0. Vaitai notched team-highs in kills (12) and digs (eight), while senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) had four blocks to lead the charge defensively.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The men's cross country team finished in first-place at the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational this past weekend. The Hawks tallied 35 points altogether and had four players finish in the top-10. The squad was led by senior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.), who placed second with a time of 17:15.

Senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) posted a top-5 finish as he finished in fourth (17:46), while Dennis Gonzalez and junior Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.) claimed seventh and ninth, respectively. Gonzalez concluded the race with a time of 19:56, while Jarmon finished in 20:21.  Javierelle Turner was the fifth Hawk to cross the finish line when he claimed 13th (21:24).

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The women took fifth in the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational this past weekend. The squad was paced by sophomore Latitia Salley (Linden, N.J.), who finished in 11th place with a time of 21:19. Salley was followed by freshman Taylor Folk and senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France), as the pair finished in 23rd and 29th, respectively.

Senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, N.Y.) and senior Latasha Moore (Silver Spring, Md.) rounded out the top-5 for the Hawks, where Wade finished in 34th (29:18) and Moore claimed 36th (30:57).

OTHER PECKS...

  • The men's basketball team recently announced that former graduate assistant Curtis Peery has been promoted to the position of full-time assistant coach
  • Iosia claimed her second consecutive MEAC Player of the Week honor on Monday after her performances this past week
  • The volleyball team is off to its best record (8-1) since 2002

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