MEAC Champion UMES chosen to face 9-seed UCLA in Los Angeles
Hawks playing in their first NCAA Tournament in school history
UMES defeats Florida A&M in five sets led by Saitaua Iosia's 25 kills
ZOE BOWENS SERVES SEVEN ACES TO SEND UMES TO MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH WITH THREE-SET WIN OVER HAMPTON
Hawks hit .341 in semifinal win for 18th straight match victory
DON METIL EARNS 200TH WIN AS A HEAD COACH AS HAWKS DEFEAT N.C. CENTRAL TO ADVANCE TO MEAC SEMIFINALS
UMES earns 17th victory in a row, will face Hampton on Saturday
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.
Volleyball team trip to Grand Canyon - September 2010
Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina Central - November 14, 2009 - Photos by Joey Gardner
See Megan Raymond's shots of UMES' win over Coppin State on November 6, 2009
2011: Named to All-MEAC Preseason Team ... team captain for second year in a row ... finished 73rd in NCAA Division I and 6th in the MEAC with 0.36 aces per game, totaling 41 ... appeared in all 31 matches, starting in 23, tallying 128 kills, 202 digs and 28 blocks ... recorded double-digit digs in six matches ... career-best five blocks at Howard (10/28) ...season-best nine kills with four blocks vs. Morgan State (11/4) ... matched career-high seven aces with five kills against Hampton at the MEAC Tournament semifinals (11/19) ... dug out 10 balls in MEAC Championship win over Florida A&M (11/20) ... recorded three kills with three digs against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament (12/2) ... member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
2010: Named to MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team ... earned ESPN The Magazine District II CoSIDA All-Academic Second Team honors ... tabbed MEAC Player of the Week twice for periods ending September 13th and October 4th ... earned COBRA Magazine All-East Region Team honors, as well as All-National Honorable Mention ... led NCAA Division I with 0.67 service aces per set ... 181st in the country in points per game (3.77) ... part of three all-tournament teams: Fiesta Bowl Classic (9/5), URI Volleyball Tournament (9/11) and was named MVP of Peaky's North/South UMES Invitational (10/2) ... appeared in all 32 matches and 118 games, totaling 350 kills, 184 digs, 79 service aces, 24 blocks and 20 assists ... led MEAC in service aces per game, was fourth in points per set ... tallied career-high 22 kills versus Wofford on (8/28) ... recorded career-best three blocks against Morgan State (10/8) ... registered first career double double with 13 kills and 11 digs against Delaware State (10/10) ... tied for the second-most aces in a match in the MEAC with seven against Coppin State (10/24).
2009: Named to MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team ... appeared in 31 matches ... tallied 31 kills and 96 digs ... had season-high 11 kills against Norfolk State on (9/12) ... had season-high eight digs versus La Salle (9/12) ... season-high five aces at Howard (10/23).
2008: Appeared in all 34 matches ... Finished sixth on the team in aces per set (0.17) and digs per set (1.19) and seventh on the team in kills per set (0.23) and assists per set (0.06) ... Tallied a season-high five kills against Saint Augustine on Sept. 26 ... Had a season-best 16 digs against Butler (Sept. 12) and double-digit digs on three other occasions ... Served two aces in six matches.
High School/Club: Received several accolades from Long Beach Polytechnic, including MVP (2005), Best Offensive Player (2006), and Most Inspirational/Improved (2008) ... Helped guide her team to consecutive Moore League Championships in 2005 and 2006 ... Recorded career highs of 19 kills and seven blocks as a senior ... Played for the Golden West Volleyball 17 Nike Club Team, which won a silver medal in 2007 (17 Nationals Division) as part of the Southern Collegiate Volleyball Association in Anaheim, Calif.
Personal: Born Oct. 31, 1990 in Long Beach, Calif. ... Daughter of George and Lazette Bowens ... Has one sister, Zana, and one brother, Zion ... Major is English with a concentration in Telecommunications ... Graduated with honors ... Received certificate of completion from the Center of International Commerce (CIC) in 2008 ... Also awarded a scholarship as a senior ... Earned a 2007 NAACP Essayist accolade ... Throughout high school she was actively involved in several organizations, including Leadership Long Beach (2006), Link Crew (Long Beach Poly, 2006-08), and as a Long Beach Poly North Senior Counselor (2008) ... Pregame routine is listening to music and visualizing ... Person who has had the most influence is her mother for pushing her to finish everything she starts ... Future plans include attending graduate school ... Favorite saying is "It's not how you start, it's how you finish" ... Hobbies outside of sports include hanging out with friends, traveling and blogging ... Favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck ... Favorite movie is "The Godfather" ... Personal athletic goal before graduation is to make the All-MEAC First Team.