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
by: David Whigham
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 as one of the top all-around players in the nation for the second straight season, earning MEAC Tournament Most Valuable Performer ... COBRA Magazine National Player of the Year Finalist and All-National First Team ... 12th in NCAA Division I with 5.11 points per set, second with 0.69 aces per set and 33rd with 4.27 kills per set ... finished first in the MEAC in aces per set, third in kills and points per set, 5th with .281 hitting percentage ... concluded the year with 384 kills, 62 service aces, 223 digs and 24 total blocks ... finished with 12 double doubles and double digit kills in 21 matches ... four-time MEAC Player of the Week, most conference weekly awards than any other league volleyball player ... earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week and MEAC Player of the Week in opening week of the season with three double doubles in the SFC Terrier Invitational: 21 kills and 14 digs vs. NJIT (8/24), 19 kills and 16 digs at St. Francis (8/25) and 24 kills and 17 digs vs. Radford (8/25), combining to hit .358 with 64 kills and 47 digs ... earned MEAC Player of the Week to following week, starting with 21 kills, 19 digs and career-high six aces in win over Southern Utah (8/31), following up with double double vs. UNC Asheville (9/1) with 11 kills, 11 digs and five aces ... led Hawks to four-set win over Big 12 opponent West Virginia (9/7) with 17 kills, four aces and six digs ... returned from injury against Howard (9/30), getting double double with 16 kills and 14 digs ... MEAC Player of the Week for period ending October 15th, helping UMES to home wins over Hampton (10/12) with 18 kills, six aces and five digs, followed by 17 kills, 10 digs, three assists and four aces vs. Norfolk State (10/14) ... followed up with MEAC Player of the Week honor next period, combining for 31 kills against Delaware State (10/19) and Morgan State (10/21) ... hit .440 with 14 kills and 10 digs in final home match against Howard (10/26) ... led UMES to comeback win over Norfolk State on the road (11/9) with 24 kills, four aces and 13 digs to secure MEAC Northern Division Championship ... earned 14 kills with .440 hitting % in MEAC Tournament win over Bethune-Cookman (11/16) ... led UMES to comeback victory over Hampton (11/17) in MEAC Tournament semifinals with 21 kills and 15 digs ... earned match-winning kill in fifth set of the MEAC title match vs. Florida A&M (11/18), hitting .478 in the match with 25 kills on just three attack errors, adding 11 digs and three aces, finishing MEAC Tournament with 60 kills, 10 aces and 32 digs for MEAC Tournament Most Valuable Performer ... led the team with eight kills in NCAA Tournament match at Nebraska (11/29) ... named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, selected to the MEAC Preseason Volleyball Team at the start of the season.
2011: One of the top outside hitters in the nation, earning MEAC Rookie of the Year, All-MEAC First Team and MEAC Tournament Most Valuable Performer ... COBRA Magazine Freshman of the Year, All-National First Team and East Region Player of the Year ... voted Russell HBCU Female MVP of the Year ... member of four All-Tournament Teams: USF Invitational (9/2-3), Bryant Invitational (9/9-10), Brown Invitational (9/16-17) and UMES Hawk Invitational (9/30-10/1), earning MVP in the latter ... first ever MEAC player to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Week, getting honor for period of 10/30-11/6, combining to hit .569 in two matches vs. Morgan State (11/4) and Coppin State (11/6) with 38 kills with just five errors, adding 17 digs and six blocks ... finished in the top-50 in NCAA Division I: 26th in points per set (4.77), 27th in aces per set (0.42) and 41st in kills per set (4.07) ... #1 in the MEAC in kills and points per set in the regular season, fourth in aces per set ... fourth in the MEAC regular season and 214th in NCAA Division I in hitting percentage at .292 ... three-time MEAC Player of the Week and seven-time MEAC Rookie of the Week, earning a conference honor in 10 of 12 possible weeks ... only Hawk to start all 31 matches, playing in all 116 games ... led UMES with 472 kills and 49 service aces, adding 268 digs and 54 blocks ... had double digit kills in all but one regular season match ... finished with 11 double doubles ... started season with 15 kills and 11 digs vs. Bethune-Cookman at USF Invitational (9/2) ... set career-high in blocks with four, adding 17 blocks and seven digs vs. Bowling Green at USF Invitational (9/3) ... joined AVCA 30-kill club with 30 kills, eight digs, four blocks and career-high five aces vs. Bryant at Brown Invitational (9/16) ... career-high 26 digs with 15 kills in double double vs. Campbell at High Point Invitational (9/24) ... 25 kills and nine digs in UMES Hawk Invitational championship match vs. Cal State Bakersfield (10/1) ... hit winning kill to cap 25 kill, 11 dig match in MEAC Championship win over Florida A&M (11/20) ... had block assist in first ever UMES point in NCAA Tournament, finishing with four kills, three digs, two blocks and an ace at UCLA (12/2).
High School/Club: Played volleyball at Long Beach Polytechnic High School ... led team to #3 ranking in the nation, #1 in California in 2010 ... named player of the year in 2010 ... helped Jackrabbits to Moore League Championship, CIF Championship and state finals ... president of Pacific Islander Club 2010-11 ... competed with Long Beach Mizuno Club in Southern California, reaching fifth place in JO championship.
Personal: Born Nov. 19, 1993 in Long Beach, Calif. ... daughter of Pasefika and Agnes Iosia ... has two sisters, Vaoanne and Fiapa'ipa'i, and two brothers, Matauaina and Pasefika Jr. ... major is criminal justice ... pregame routine includes listening to music and praying ... personal best sports moment is being on television for her high school GIF southern section volleyball championship ... most influential people are her mom and dad for teaching them the definition of hard work ... plans to live successfully off what she will learn from UMES upon graduation and keeping in touch with Corey Haynes ... personal best non-athletic accomplishment is graduating from high school ... favorite saying is "God first and all else will fall in place." ... hobbies include cultural dancing and cooking ... favorite movie is "ATL" ... personal athletic goal this season is to play better than last season ... personal athletic goal upon graduation is to be win the MEAC Championship all four years.