HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (OCTOBER 7TH THROUGH 13TH)
Hawk Hysteria this Friday, Oct. 18th at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center

Hawk Hysteria this Friday, Oct. 18th at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center

Oct. 14, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, basketball preseason honors, bowling’s released schedule, fall ball recap, volleyball’s new assistant coach, results from men’s & women’s cross-country, golf, and volleyball, and general information featuring Hawk Hysteria.

Let’s jump right into it:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (10/7), Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, MD) was named the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athlete of the Week along with Rachel Harmon (Women’s XC).

On Oct. 5th, Campbell guided the team to a 25-5 victory over Salem Community College (N.J.). The outfielder went 4-7 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Campbell also had collected a double in the win. This is Campbell’s first time winning this award.

In February, the team opens the 2013-14 regular season on the road at Tampa, FL, where they will face South Florida in a three-game series.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, IL) was selected to the 2013-14 College Sports Madness Second Team Preseason All-MEAC. Last season, the Chicago-native averaged nearly 12 points and seven boards a game. This is the second preseason honor the Hawks have earned this year. Last month, freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, PA) earned Lindsey Sports Preseason MEAC Newcomer of the Year.

On Nov. 8th, the men’s basketball team will square off against Columbia University in New York City. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday (10/8), College Sports Madness announced its 2013-14 Preseason MEAC All-Conference Teams where Forward/Center Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) made second team. Last season, Udoji played 27 games and started 24 contests. Udoji tallied 150 rebounds and 70 blocks in 22 minutes per game. In her efforts, Udoji averaged 2.6 blocks per game, which was first in the conference and 19th overall in NCAA Division I.

On Nov. 8th, UMES women’s basketball will tip-off versus the University of South Carolina-Upstate (USC-Upstate). Game-time is 7:00 p.m.

BOWLING

Last Tuesday, the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) released their preseason poll where UMES placed fifth. The 2013 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) National Champions returned five letter winners while adding a trio of newcomers.

Two days later (10/10), the bowling team announced its 2013-14 schedule featuring the same competitive schedule from last season. On Nov. 1st, the defending champions under new head coach Kayla Bandy will begin their title defense at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) New Jersey Jamboree.

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Oct. 5th, UMES men’s cross-country won the Farm Run Invitational, hosted by conference rival Delaware State. For the second time this season, the team has placed first at an event. UMES won the Hornet Invitational back on Sept. 14th.

Freshman Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain) placed second in the event (28:10.86). Derrick Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya), Nassor Whitehead (Sunrise, FL), and Codji Gbedo (New Carrolton, MD) each finished in the top-10. Cheruiyot had a 28:47.52 time while Whitehead and Gbedo each had a 29:11.93 and 30:43.83 finish, respectively.

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Oct. 5th, the women’s cross-country team placed second in the Farm Run Invitational. The squad was led by freshman Rachel Harmon (Waldorf, MD). Halmon, Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) each placed a top-10 finish. Halmon was the first UMES runner to finish (19:53.25), which was sixth overall. Hemley finished seventh (20:22.33) while Wilmot-Francis claimed tenth (21:14.53).

Two days later (10/7), Halmon’s performance earned her the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week award along with Byron Campbell (Baseball). This is the second time Halmon has won this honor.

GOLF

Last Tuesday, UMES golf team placed sixth overall at the RMU Colonial Classic. Senior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, MD) led the Hawks by finishing eighth in the event. This is the second time this season Veverka has finished in the top-10 at an event.

The golf team will take a month off before concluding the fall season at the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, GA (Nov. 9-10). Last season, UMES placed fifth at the Crosswinds Golf Course.

SOFTBALL

UMES softball team wrapped up their 2013 fall ball season with a 5-1 record, including a split with Delaware Technical Community College (Del Tech-CC). Overall, the team batted .401 while the pitching staff held opponents to a .259 average. Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, NJ) and Trenece Nash (Decatur, GA) led the offensive explosion while Abria Tinsley (Sewell, NJ), Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, DE), and Caitlyn McDaniel (Bridgeport, WV) provided solid pitching performances.

In February, the softball team will begin the 2014 season on the road in Charleston, SC and participate in the Charleston Southern Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Tuesday, the volleyball team announced Chris Emge as their new assistant coach. Emge returns to the Hawks after eight seasons at James M. Bennett High School (Salisbury, MD). In 2004, Emge served as a graduate assistant where the Lady Hawks finished second in the MEAC.

Last Friday (10/11), the Lady Hawks dropped a tough match to Morgan State, 3-1. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) produced her fourth straight 30+ assist performance this season (34) while tallying five digs, five kills, and an ace. Fellow freshman Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) had another strong performance by leading the team in kills (14). Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) added 13 digs in the loss.

Yesterday (10/13), UMES lost to the Lady Pirates of Hampton University, 3-0. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorvile, CA) had 19 assists in the loss, ending a four-match streak of 30+ assist performances. Three Lady Hawks had five kills and a service ace each in the match, Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA), Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL), and Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC). Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led the team in digs (6).

This weekend, the Lady Hawks continue their six-match road trip. On Friday, Oct. 18th, the team heads back to Virginia to face Norfolk State. Two days later (10/20), the Lady Hawks will go to Dover, DE to take on Delaware State in a re-match.

GENERAL

ALUMNI BASEBALL GAME

On Oct. 19th, UMES baseball will host its annual baseball alumni game at Hawk Stadium. The game gives the program an opportunity to rekindle its relationships with past Hawk players. The Hawks’ alumni will begin batting practice at 10:30 a.m. and a single game will take place at noon.

There is no registration fee and all former players are encouraged to attend. Those interested should contact Airis Thomas, Baseball Manager, via phone (443)255-3956 or email, adthomas1@umes.edu.

HAWK HYSTERIA

This Friday (10/18), UMES will host its fourth annual Hawk Hysteria in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Admission is $2.

Fans will have an opportunity to see former UMES men’s and women’s basketball alumni and receive autographs from the current players and coaching staff throughout the night. UMES will also honor the 2013 National Championship Women’s Bowling Team. In addition, there will be special performances by UMES Cheerleading Squad, Diamond Dance Team, and Thunderin’ Hawk Prep Band. Bill Baker “The Rumpshaker” and OC 104 will be on site while Force One Production provides the music for the night.

Prior to the event, UMES is reaching out to all former basketball players from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and/or 2000s by welcoming them back home. The athletic department would like to see as many former basketball players as possible. For more information, please contact G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics, via phone (410)651-6499 or email, gsbradley@umes.edu.

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