HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Victoria Williams recorded 59 kills in four victories for UMES this past weekend
Victoria Williams recorded 59 kills in four victories for UMES this past weekend

Sept. 16, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw two of its programs in action this past week as the volleyball team traveled to Montgomery, Ala., to compete in the ASU Tournament and the cross country team hosted the Cappy Anderson Invitational. The Hawks’ volleyball team went 4-0 in tournament play, while the women’s cross country team placed fourth at their second home meet of the year.

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

VOLLEYBALL

The Hawks moved their winning streak to 10 matches as the team won all four of their games this past weekend. Courtesy of their fantastic record across the tournament, the Hawks were named the 2012 ASU Tournament champions. UMES opened up with a 3-2 victory over North Texas on Friday, before the women blanked Alabama State 3-0 later in the day.

In the victory over North Texas, freshman Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger (St. Veiterstrabe, Austria) narrowly missed a double-double as she posted 15 kills and nine digs. Junior Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) had a game-high 21 kills, while sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) posted 62 assists. Sophomore Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a team-high 12 kills in UMES’ victory over Alabama St.

UMES went 2-0 on Saturday to close out the tournament. The Hawks defeated Troy 3-2 and then blanked Jackson State 3-0. Williams once again led the way for UMES in the kill department against Troy as she had a game-high 18, while senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) had 14 and Vicic recorded 17 digs. Junior Kaveinga Lea’Aetoa (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 12 kills and Vaitai chipped in with 10 digs in UMES’ victory over Jackson St.

The women are off to their best record in over a decade as the four victories move the Hawks’ record to 14-1 this season.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s cross country team hosted the Cappy Anderson Invitational this past weekend in Princess Anne. The men placed in seventh out of eight teams, where they accumulated 148 points altogether.

A total of 67 runners began the race and senior Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) was UMES’ top performer. Gbedo finished in 20th place (29:56.47), while junior Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.) was 30th with a time of 31:47.13.

Javierelle Turner placed seven sports behind Jarmon with a time of 33:12.88, before juniors Shaquille Turner (Staten Island, N.Y.) was 39th (33:19.42) and Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) was 40th in 33:35.78.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The women took fourth at the Cappy Anderson Invitational this past weekend. The squad was paced by sophomore Latitia Salley (Linden, N.J.), who finished in 34th place with a time of 21:23.92. Salley was followed by senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) and senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France), as the pair finished in 42nd and 43rd, respectively.

Freshman Taylor Polk (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, N.Y.) rounded out the top-5 for the Hawks, where Polk finished in 44th (29:18) and Moore ended the race in 23:13.36.

OTHER PECKS...

  • The volleyball team was led on the weekend by assistant coach Eric Hammond, who assumed acting head coach duties after head coach Don Metil was unable to make the trip to Montgomery
  • Vicic was honored as this week’s spotlight student-athlete on A Walk with a Hawk ….
  • Salley has been the highest placer for the women’s cross country team in every race this season

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