Saitaua Iosia leads Hawks will eight kills as UMES falls in NCAA First Round
Hawks will take on Cornhuskers in Lincoln on Thursday, November 29th
UMES wins in five-set thriller over Florida A&M to earn berth in the NCAA Tournament
UMES comes back from down two sets to win seventh-straight five-set match
Hawk hit a season-best .458 in the match, led by Iosia's 14 kills
UMES defeated Florida A&M to win the MEAC Championship for the first time in school history! (Megan Raymond photos)
2012: Transitioned from setter to middle blocker for UMES, stepping into a starting role in second half of the season ... played in 78 sets in 26 matches, starting 17 of them ... hit .257 with 34 kills, 40 assists, 24 digs and 39 blocks ... earned 10 assists with three digs against former team St. Peter's (9/8) ... got first UMES start against Utah Valley (9/20), getting two kills and a block ... four kills and two blocks in home opener vs. Coppin State (10/5) ... season-high six kills and six blocks in win over Morgan State (10/21) ... tallied six blocks with two kills in comeback win over Norfolk State (11/9) ... two kills, two assists and a block in MEAC title match victory over Florida A&M (11/18) ... earned a block on an opponent's match point in NCAA Tournament match against Nebraska (11/29).
2011: UMES's reserve setter despite being limited due to injury ... played in 18 sets in eight matches, starting one, finishing with 12 assists and three blocks ... got season-high four assists with a dig and block at Bryant (9/9) ... earned first kill with UMES against Campbell (9/24) ... member of the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.
2010 (St. Peter's): Played 31 matches and 114 games ... totaled 436 assists, 218 digs 160 kills, 64 block assists and 19 service aces ... had career-high 10 kills at Saint Francis (N.Y.) (8/28) ... finished with a career-high 30 assists at Fairfield (10/16) ... registered career-best 17 digs and seven blocks versus Siena in the MAAC Tournament (11/18) ... averaged 3.82 assists, 1.91 digs, 1.40 kills and 0.63 blocks per game ... member of Dean's List each semester.
2009 (St. Peter's): Played in all 30 matches ... recorded 85 kills, 106 assists and 56 total blocks ... had season-best nine kills against Canisius (9/26) ... recorded season-best 12 assists versus Marist (10/25) ... Had six blocks versus Manhattan (9/20), matched season best again with six blocks versus Loyola (11/15) ... averaged 0.54 blocks per game ... member of Dean's List each semester.
High School/Club: Played volleyball four years and ran track two years at J.E.B. Stuart High School ... named First Team All-District in 2008, Second Team All-District in 2007 ... led Raiders to first school appearance in volleyball regionals ... competed with NOVA in 2008 and NUVA in 2009 in CHRVA ... helped NUVA to third place in Capital Hill Classic in 2009 ... member of honor roll every quarter ... International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient.
Personal: Born April 1, 1991 in Fairfax, Va. ... daughter of Maria Haynes ... has a brother, William ... major is English education ... pregame routine includes eating before games and during warmups ... personal best sports moment is playing with Emily Shannon and the Hawks ... most influential person is her mom ... upon graduation plans to go to graduate school and go into the Peace Corps ... favorite saying is "Yolo!" ... hobbies include reading, writing, working out and hanging with family and best friend Emily Shannon ... favorite book is MacBeth by William Shakespeare ... favorite movie is "Forrest Gump" ... personal athletic goals this season is to become a starter, win a MEAC Player of the Week and to average 11 assists a set ... personal athletic before graduation is to win the MEAC both her years at UMES.