HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (NOVEMBER 4TH THROUGH 10TH)
Junior Mariana Alvarado (pictured) guided UMES atop the MEAC Standings last weekend
Junior Mariana Alvarado (pictured) guided UMES atop the MEAC Standings last weekend

Nov. 11, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, men’s & women’s basketball season openers, women’s bowling conference tournament opener, weekend results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and Walk With a Hawk.

Let’s begin:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its annual preseason honors and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s basketball team saw senior Troy Snyder (Chicago, IL) selected third team. Additionally, the team was predicted to finish 13th in the MEAC this season. Last month, Snyder was named 2013-14 College Sports Madness Preseason Second Team after he averaged nearly 12 points and seven boards a game last season.

On Saturday (11/9), the men’s basketball team was upended in its season opener as the Hawks fell, 73-54, to Columbia University. Junior KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, IN) and freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, PA) paced the Hawks by scoring 17 points each.

Tomorrow (11/12), the men’s home opener against Salisbury University will take place at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (11/4), the MEAC revealed their 2013-14 women’s preseason poll and UMES was projected to finish ninth in the conference this season. On the same day, Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) was the lone Lady Hawk to receive honors as she earned MEAC Preseason Second Team. Last season, Claybrooks appeared in 28 contests with 15 starts while averaging 7.0 points-per-game and 5.6 rebounds-per contest.

Last Friday (11/8), the team opened its 2013-14 campaign at home against South-Carolina Upstate (USC-Upstate). In their first-ever meeting, UMES and USC-Upstate put on a show as the Spartans held off the Lady Hawks, 87-83.

Four Lady Hawks scored double-digit points, led by guards Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) and TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC). Long and Burke each tallied 17 points while Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) recorded 16 points. Claybrooks added 12 points and grabbed six boards. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) paced all rebounders with a game-high 13 rebounds and Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) pulled down 11 boards.

On Nov. 12th, the women begin a three-game road trip in our Nation’s Capital as they face American University. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

BOWLING

On Nov. 4th, freshman Sara Pelayo (District Federal, Mexico) was named Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week along with senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) (Volleyball). This is Pelayo first time earning this award. Pelayo bowled six games for the Hawks at the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University (Nov. 1-3). In those six games, she averaged 193 and guided UMES to a 9-3 record.

The next day (11/5), the MEAC named Pelayo Bowling Athlete of the Week after finishing 18th out of 133 bowlers at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree. She also finished seventh overall in the Red Pool.

Last weekend (Nov. 9-10), the team went 9-1, including a perfect 5-0 yesterday, and sits atop the MEAC standings. Yesterday, all eight Hawks saw action, led by junior All-American Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico). Alvarado paced UMES, averaging over 211 in team games.

This weekend (Nov. 15-17), UMES hosts the annual Hawk Classic, sponsored by Brunswick, at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, DE. Admission is free to the 17-team event, featuring many of the nation's top teams.

GOLF

On Nov. 9-10, the golf team concluded its fall schedule as they traveled to Savannah, GA. to compete in the Tiger Invitational. The tournament was the final event for UMES of the 2013 calendar year.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Monday (11/4), Li was named PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week along with Pelayo (Bowling). This is Li’s first time receiving this award this season. Li tallied 52 digs, including a career-high 39 digs against Morgan State (10/31).

The next day (11/5), the MEAC announced its volleyball weekly honors and freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) earned her first MEAC Rookie of the Week award. Rosales recorded 65 assists (9.29 assists/set), including back-to-back 30+ assist performances versus Morgan State (10/31) and Coppin State (11/3).

Last Thursday (11/7), the team was defeated, 3-1, by the Spartans of Norfolk State University at the Hytche Center. In that contest, three UMES players had a team-high seven kills: Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL); Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI); and Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX). Freshman Precious Manu (Carson, CA) paved the way for the Lady Hawks with 19 helpers. Two UMES players posted double-digit digs, led by Li with 14 digs.

Yesterday (11/10), the Lady Hawks ended the 2013 season with a loss to Hampton University, 3-0, and saw Li compete in her final home match. Robinson led the Hawk attack with nine kills and Rosales recorded 18 assists. Li posted 20 digs, the seventh 20+ dig performance in her career. Other notable Hawk performances included Manu and Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) registering three digs each. Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) tallied four digs, a kill, and a service ace while Woods recorded five digs, three kills, and a service ace.

Sunday’s match ended the 2013 UMES volleyball season. Additionally, Li ended her collegiate career playing in 371 sets (108 matches) with 951 digs, 82 assists, eight kills, and seven aces.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

Last week, UMES released its second and third features on Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray on Johnny “Redball” Sample and Dr. Kirkland Hall. The spotlights continue its countdown to the 2014 Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th.

Sample stands as one of the most decorated student-athletes to ever wear the maroon & gray. Sample was a phenomenal football player as he led the Hawks to a combined 28-1-1 record during his tenure in the Central Collegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). He won two CIAA championships (1955, 1957) while unanimously being selected by the Pigskin Club of Washington as the CIAA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1955. As a professional, Sample played 11 seasons with four teams and remains as the only professional football player to win a National Football League (NFL), American Football League (AFL), and Super Bowl titles. Sample was inducted into the UMES Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.

Dr. Hall has been a fixture in the Hawks’ athletic department since he attended UMES in the early 1970s. Dr. Hall graduated in 1973 and excelled as a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball. Furthermore, Hall was named an All-MEAC performer in baseball during his junior and senior seasons. After his time as a student-athlete, Hall returned to the university as a coach, administrator, and instructor. In 2004, Dr. Hall was inducted into the UMES Athletic Hall of Fame. Prior to his UMES induction, he was the first UMES athlete to be inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 1995.

STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

From Nov. 7-10, UMES baseball and softball players Jeff Fleetwood (Delmar, DE) and Chelsea Alston (Matawan, NJ) participated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. Over the four days, Alston and Fleetwood shared their thoughts and gave insight into their specific experience with over 350 student-athletes.

The intent of the Forum is to provide attendees (student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators) with a better understanding of who they are, what it means to be a leader, as well as learn the benefits of using your leadership skills to empower others towards a common goal.

WALK WITH A HAWK

Last week’s Walk With A Hawk featured UMES Men’s Golf Paul Cecil. When he was ten-years-old, he arrived in Severn, Maryland from Aurora, Colorado. Cecil chose UMES for a variety of reasons, primarily for its PGA Golf Management major and an opportunity to play for the school’s golf team. Now in his senior year, Cecil ranks among the top golfers on campus while earning a 3.6 grade-point-average (GPA) over his collegiate career.

To read more about Paul Cecil, visit www.umeshawks.com.

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