HAWK TALK - A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Nov. 21, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has plenty of reasons to be thankful this holiday season. The campus community can thank the volleyball team for bringing a great sense of joy and excitement to UMES this week as the Hawks clinched the first ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in program history. Although the volleyball title was the main staple in UMES athletics this week, several other programs provided eventful action as well. The men's basketball team posted its first win of the season against American University last Monday, while the women were competitive in two contests. The bowling team capped off action with a fourth place finish at the 2011 Hawk Classic.
The bowling team opened up the home portion of its schedule as the Hawks placed fourth at the 2011 Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. The tournament featured several of the top teams in the nation as the Hawks finished in the upper tier of the 19-team tournament. Junior Anggie Ramirez was named the event's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year while junior T'nia Falbo finished fourth individually and also made the All-Tournament Team.
The women went 4-1 on the first day of the tournament as they earned victories over St. Peter's College, No. 10 New Jersey City College, No. 11 Adelphi University and Monmouth University. The second day saw UMES move into third-place after wins over No. 2 Vanderbilt University, No. 5 Sam Houston State University, No. 15 St. Francis (N.Y.) College and No. 7 Kutztown University. The only losses that UMES suffered in the first two days were to No. 9 Sacred Heart University and No. 3 Farleigh Dickinson University.
UMES began the final day of the tournament with a win over No. 18 Valparaiso University before losing to No. 2 Vanderbilt and Valparaiso to conclude action in the tournament. The Hawks went 9-4 in the Classic and improve to 27-9 overall.
The men's basketball team went 1-2 this past week.
The Hawks opened up the home portion of their schedule with a thrilling, 64-62 victory over American last Monday night. The men were led in the contest by sophomore Louis Bell, who notched a game-high 21 points behind a 5-for-7 effort from three-point range. Junior Percy Woods paced UMES with 12 points and seven assists while junior Pina Guillaume snagged a team-high six rebounds.
Following the win over American, UMES hit the road for two contests against Tulane University and Rice University. The contests, which began a six-game road trip for the Hawks, saw UMES fall by double-digit points in each. Bell once again stole the show in the Hawks' 73-52 loss to Tulane, as he posted 14 points and two assists. Woods and Bell each would tally 16 points in the loss to Rice, while senior Tyler Hines brought down seven rebounds.
Bell's efforts on the week led him to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week.
UMES opened up its season with two losses as the Hawks dropped a 63-44 decision to Mount St. Mary's University before losing a tough matchup against James Madison University, 61-53.
Junior Chelsea Sanders spearheaded the charge for the Hawks against Mount St. Mary's, as she tallied 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Senior Amber Cook had nine points and seven rebounds while senior Adobi Agbasi had two blocks. UMES was hurt by an 8-for-27 performance from the field in the first half.
Sanders was the top Hawk performer in UMES' loss to JMU. The junior posted 14 points and seven rebounds in the game. The Hawks were paced by the also efforts of senior Caitlyn Dillard, who notched 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The volleyball team accomplished a feat this week that has yet to be seen in program history. The Hawks defeated Florida A&M University, 3-2, in the MEAC Championship to give UMES its first MEAC title in program history. The women went undefeated at the tournament to move their undefeated streak to 19 games. The tournament run also saw Head Coach Don Metil collect his 200th victory as a head coach.
In the championship game, UMES posted a five-set victory over Florida A&M (15-25, 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12) at the Physical Education Complex at Coppin State University. Freshman Saitaua Iosia continued her impressive play this season with a 25-kill, 11 dig performance. Iosia was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer as she finished the tournament with 54 kills.
UMES advanced to the title game with a 3-0 blanking of Hampton University (25-20, 25-9, 25-19). Iosia collected 13 kills, nine digs and one block to lead the Hawks while senior Rebecca Prado and sophomore Maline Vaitai had 11 and 12 digs, respectively. Freshman Jessie Vicic posted a game-high 35 assists. UMES opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over North Carolina Central University (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-7) as Iosia had 16 kills and seven digs.
UPCOMING WEEK (Nov. 14-Nov. 20)
The bowling team is idle this week.
The men's basketball team travels to Kansas State University for its next contest on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., before the Hawks begin competition in the Jim Thorpe Classic in Laramie, Wyo., on Nov. 25. UMES plays against Louisiana Tech University on Friday, Nov. 25 to open up play in the Classic and then concludes action with bouts against the University of Wyoming and Portland State University on the weekend.
The women's basketball team has a light schedule this week as the Hawks are in action in just one game. UMES will host Canisius University on Monday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
The volleyball team must wait until Nov. 27 to find out their opponent in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
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