Volleyball, Track & Field and Women's Bowling receive Proclamations.
Veverka places 16th in field of nearly 130, Gurrola throw 20.2 innings on mound
Metil coached UMES to a pair of MEAC Championships and six 20-win seasons
Benitez posts six RBI for softball, Walsh named All-American
UMES senior middle blocker finished with 292 kills and 130 blocks
See Joey Gardner's shots of the UMES student-athletes receiving Proclamations from the Town of Princess Anne.
UMES defeated Florida A&M to win the MEAC Championship for the first time in school history! (Megan Raymond photos)
UMES taking on Hampton, defeating the Lady Pirates in three sets to take sole possession of first place.
2012: Finished the season as all-time blocks leader at UMES with 243, surpassing mark with second block in first set against Norfolk State (10/14), finishing with six blocks and eight kills ... honored as Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Volleyball All-Star, being only player from the MEAC and state of Maryland with such an honor ... First Team All-MEAC middle blocker, leading the conference with 130 blocks and being third in a hitting percentage at .314 ... played all 129 sets in 34 matches, tallying 292 kills, 29 service aces, 50 digs and 130 total blocks ... hit .571 for 13 kills and three blocks in win over Radford (8/25) to secure SFC Terrier Invitational championship ... followed up with seven blocks and seven kills in five-set win over Southern Utah (8/31) ... career-high nine blocks with 10 kills vs. Wright State (9/8) ... earned 14 kills and four blocks in five-set victory against Troy (9/15) ... hit .500 in MEAC opener at Delaware State (9/25), getting seven kills and six blocks ... earned MEAC Player of the Week for period ending 10/8 after home opener vs. Coppin State (10/5), hitting .643 with 10 kills with just one error on 14 total attacks, adding six blocks ... followed up with career-high seven aces vs. Hampton (10/12), hitting .542 with 14 kills and just one attack error with five blocks ... hit .500 again against Delaware State (10/19), finishing with 15 kills and five blocks ... .579 hitting percentage with 12 kills and just one attack error at Morgan State (11/2) ... career-high 17 kills with .448 hitting percentage and four blocks at Hampton (11/11) ... 14 kills and four blocks in comeback win over Hampton at the MEAC Tournament (11/17) ... 12 kills, four aces and three blocks in MEAC Championship match vs. Florida A&M (11/18) ... had five kills and a block at Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament (11/29) ... became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
2011: Finished with MEAC's top hitting percentage at .326 in the regular season, finishing with 170 kills with just 57 errors before NCAA Tournament ... second leading blocker in the MEAC and 174th in NCAA Division I, averaging 0.98 per set, totaling 113 ... led the conference in block assists with 100 ... played in all 31 matches with 30 starts ... only UMES player with triple digit kills and blocks ... earned career-high 15 kills with three blocks vs. Morgan State (11/4) ... season-best eight blocks with 11 kills in home win over Hampton (11/13) ... tallied nine kills and six blocks in MEAC Championship win over Florida A&M (11/20) ... contributed block assist in first ever point for UMES in NCAA Tournament history against UCLA (12/2) ... member of the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.
2010 (Navy): Played 28 matches and 103 games ... finished third in the Patriot League in blocks and blocks per set with 96 (0.93) ... totaled 174 kills, 16 digs and two assists ... had 12 kills with two blocks vs. Delaware State (9/4) ... career best nine blocks plus nine kills versus Boston College (9/11) ... recorded career high 14 kills with eight blocks against UMES (9/18) ... tallied nine kills and seven blocks on the road at Holy Cross (11/6) ... member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
2009 (Navy): Played 22 matches and 53 games ... totaled 64 kills, 24 digs and 10 blocks ... recorded 10 kills twice at Howard (10/13) and against Lafayette (10/23).
High School: Competed in volleyball and track at the Fort Worth Christian School ... garnered first-team all-district, academic all-state and honorable mention all-state honors as a senior ... 100-meter dash state champion, tabbed as the track and field team's MVP ... member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Crystal Ndidi Ibe ... born Sept. 7, 1991, in Flint, Mich. ... daughter of Alexander and Carolyn Ibe ... brother Alex was a defensive back on the Louisiana Monroe football team, graduating in 2010 ... majoring in English ... pregame routine includes listening to music and getting focused on the match ... personal best sports moment was helping Navy beat Army for the first time in four years her freshman season, scoring the final two points to win the match, and making history by winning the first ever MEAC Championship in UMES history ... names her brother as person who influences her most for always being there for her and bring a great role model ... upon graduation, plans to attend and graduate from law school ... personal best non-athletic accomplishment was earning appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy by Vice President Joe Biden ... favorite sayings are "Don't let external factors interfere with that which you can do." and "If God brought you to it, he will bring you through it" ... hobbies include writing songs & poetry, singing and dancing ... favorite book is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and the Hunger Games series ... favorite movie is the "Shrek" movies ... personal athletic goal this season is to have at least 200 kills, 120 blocks and a .250 hitting percentage ... personal athletic goal before graduation is to repeat as MEAC champion.