HAWK TENNIS LOOKS TO COMPETE AS SEASON LOOMS
Feb. 21, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—As winter turns to spring, the Hawks’ spring season athletic teams are revving up to begin their campaigns, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) tennis teams are no exception. Overall, the men will play 16 matches while the women will play 19.
Of the 31 matches set to be played by the two teams, five will be played here in Princess Anne. The two men’s matches at home will be their first two on the year—the game versus Temple on March 2nd and a match versus Stevenson University on March 5th. The women’s teams will also match up with Stevenson that same day for their first home meeting.
Both teams will mostly travel together throughout the rest of March, beginning with matches against UMBC in Baltimore on March 8th, followed by Wesley College on March 16th. Two busy weekends follow, with the men’s team playing five matches and the women’s team playing four the weekend of March 21st. Both teams will play Howard on the 21st, Mount St. Mary’s on the 22nd, and Morgan State and Loyola University on the 23rd. The men will also travel to the Naval Academy for a match on the 22nd before they travel to Mount St. Mary’s. The following weekend, both teams will head to a tournament in Norfolk, Virginia. The teams will play Coppin State on Thursday the 27th, Virginia Wesleyan on Friday the 28th, Norfolk State on Saturday the 29th, and a doubleheader versus Hampton on Sunday the 30th.
In April, the teams largely play separate matches. The men face off against North Carolina Central in Durham on April 5th, followed by a matchup with Radford in Virginia on April 9th. The women play host to Goldey-Beacom College on April 2nd, travel to Durham for a matchup with Savannah State on the 6th, then play road matches versus Radford on the 9th and Bowie State on the 11th. The women’s finale will be on the 13th when they host North Carolina A&T.
Both teams then head to the MEAC Championship in Cayce, S.C. from the 17th to the 19th of April.
The men’s team is returning four players while the women’s team is returning two. On the men’s side, seniors Wirlen Elame (Silver Spring, Md.) and Kijontray McClay (San Diego, Calif.) will anchor the six man squad. Elame earned a win against Coppin State last April, winning two in a best of three. Also returning to the squad is sophomore Mohin Uddin (Forestville, Md.) and junior Wayne Heath (Pungoteague, Va.).
On the women’s side, two players, senior Reine Fowajuh (Wilmington, Del.) and junior Jasmine Jennings (Halifax, Va.) are returning from last season. Jennings earned a victory in straight sets against Wesley and Fowajuh earned a win over St. Francis Brooklyn early in the year.
Each team has brought two newcomers to the fold this spring. The men’s team welcome 5’5” freshman Serge Bangamwabo (Goma, D.R.C.) and 5’8” freshman Albert Owusu-Anshh (Accra, Ghana). Both players will earn playing time in the doubles and singles matches. Also enjoying that same luxury are two female newcomers, freshmen Selena Jones (Pocomoke City, Md.) and Cheyenne Shongo (Baltimore, Md.).
The women’s squad will begin their season on Sunday at 10a.m. versus the Towson Tigers on the campus of Salisbury University, while the men’s team will open up at home versus Temple on March 2nd beginning at 1p.m.