Maline Vaitai and Saitaua Iosia each earn double doubles
UMES hits .355 and finishes with 10 team blocks
Maline Vaitai earns career-kill number 900 in loss to CSUB
Hawks fall in four sets to open Roadrunner Invite
Hawks continue strongest start in school history with a 12-1 mark
UMES taking on Hampton, defeating the Lady Pirates in three sets to take sole possession of first place.
2012: Began season as a reserve outside hitter, started five matches before ending season with injuries ... finished the year with 29 kills, four aces and six blocks ... earned eight kills in first career start against CSU Bakersfield (9/20) ... had seven kills and three blocks in five-set comeback victory over Howard (9/30), including three kills and match-winning block in the final set.
2011: Reserve outside hitter for the Hawks, playing in eight sets in seven matches ... had a dig in collegiate premiere vs. Alabama State in the UMES Hawk Invitational (9/30) ... got first career block at Coppin State (10/7) ... recorded match-winning kill in road victory over Hampton (10/14).
High School/Club: Played four years of volleyball and ran track one season at James Wood High School ... only volleyball player in school history with over 1,000 kills, scoring 344 her senior year and 1,013 overall ... set record with 26 kills in a match ... named to the Winchester Star All-Area Volleyball 1st Team ... led school to second place in the Northwest District and appearances in regionals freshman and senior year ... made state finals in 55m dash in track ... competed with the Rage volleyball team in the Potomac Elite 18s in Winchester ... made honor roll all four years.
Personal: Born Sept. 23, 1992 in Winchester, Va. ... daughter of Cary and Virginia Shannon ... has a sister, Mary, and two brothers, Cary and Kelsey ... nickname is "The Shanimal" ... major is human ecology ... pregame routine includes listening to music and visualizing the play and game ... personal best sports moment is traveling to California to play UCLA ... most influential people are her family for being behind her no matter what she does and for telling her to shoot for the stars and her high school coach Jill Lester for teaching her that volleyball is not just a sport but a way of life and to always do you best ... plans to begin a career upon graduation ... personal best non-athletic achievement is going to college ... favorite saying is "Yolo!" ... hobbies include spending time with friends and family, especially best friend Corey Haynes ... favorite books are Night by Elie Wiesel and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ... favorite movies are anything funny or scary ... personal athletic goal this season is to improve passing ... personal athletic before graduation is get UMES to the NCAA Tournament again.