HAWK HYSTERIA CAPTIVATES CROWD ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Dominique Cowell (pictured) was a big hit for UMES at Hawk Hysteria

Dominique Cowell (pictured) was a big hit for UMES at Hawk Hysteria

Oct. 22, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.For the first time this year, fans were introduced to the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball outfits at the third annual Hawk Hysteria. Before a packed house, the UMES women’s bowling team was also presented with their 2012 NCAA Championship rings and each player was introduced. The night featured a wide variety of games, presentations and dancing. 

The night saw several different dance teams perform and many former Hawk basketball alums were honored. UMES' beloved mascot, Harry T. Hawk, celebrated his fifth birthday on Friday night as well. Harry had several friends in attendance, including Cherry Limeade (Sonic), Hardee Star (Hardees), Roadkill the Armadillo (Texas Roadhouse), Hun E. Bee (Eastern Shore Spelling Bee), Sammy the Sea Gull (Salisbury University) and Sherman the Shorebird (Delmarva Shorebirds).

The volleyball team began all the action will a 3-0 victory over Delaware State University. The women were led by sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.), who had 17 kills and three digs. Senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) registered 15 kills and four blocks, while sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) had 33 assists. The victory allowed the Hawks to continue the nation’s longest home winning streak as they have won their last 29 at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

UMES President Dr. Juliette B. Bell made an appearance at Hawk Hysteria, but she was not the only big name there. Also in attendance were Jesse T. Williams (Chair of the Board of UMES Visitors), Charles Otto (Maryland Delegate), Dr. Kirkland Hall (Former Coach/Exercise Science professor) and many more.

The basketball teams were each introduced one-by-one and participated in scrimmages. The women’s game included two 10-minute halves, while the men went with two eight-minute frames with a running clock.

On the women’s side, Associate Head Coach Revonda Whitley delighted the crowd with a captivating dance to “Wobble” by V.I.C. and Head Coach Fred Batchelor delivered an impressive speech to the crowd before the game. The game saw a lot of standout play, including that of senior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.), sophomore Jessica Long (Ft. Washington, Md.) and freshman Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.).

For the men, freshman Dominique Cowell (Hampton, Va.) opened the announcements with a dance that brought the crowd to its feet. His performance was rivaled by that of Head Coach, Frankie Allen, who amazed everyone in attendance with a smooth dance to “Before I Let You Go” by Frankie Beverly. Cowell also sang the national anthem for the volleyball game earlier in the day.

The game saw a plethora of dunks, three-pointers and good defensive play. Juniors Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) and Francis Ezeiru (Nigeria) were each impressive during the game.

The men’s basketball team will open up its preseason schedule at home against Salisbury University on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The women will begin their preseason with a match on Wednesday, Nov. 7 against Wilmington (Del.) University at 6 p.m.

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