VAITAI, BOWENS TALLY DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS IN 3-1 LOSS TO TAMUCC
Sept. 4, 2010
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Freshman Maline Vaitai had a match-high 18 kills and junior Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.) chipped in with 11 for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's volleyball team against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but the Islanders were too much Saturday at the Rolle Activity Center, topping the Hawks, 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 17-25).
The loss for UMES is its second straight and drops its record to 1-4 while TAMUCC improves to 2-4 with the win.
Shannon Hullum and Emma Ridley each had 11 kills to lead the Islanders. TAMUCC outhit UMES .235-.080 for the match.
The teams traded points in the opening game to 7-7 before Bowens registered a kill which made it 8-7 and gave the Hawks a lead they wouldn't relinquish. UMES led 10-7 on a sophomore Stephanie Sierra Sierra (El Paso, Texas) kill and TAMUCC error.
The Hawks forced an Islanders' timeout at 14-11 on the strength of pair of Vaitai kills sandwiched around a TAMUCC service error.
Another service error gave the Hawks their biggest advantage of the game at 18-13 before the Islanders battled back to within two at 22-20 on a Bowens error. The Hawks, though closed out the game with an emphatic Bowens swing.
UMES hit .132 on 13 kills and six errors in 38 attacks in the first game and held TAMUCC to .086 on just nine kills and six errors in 35 attacks.
The Hawks earned five of the first seven points in the second game, highlighted by a freshman Kaveingna Lea'Aeta (Salt Lake City, Utah) ace and kills by Vaitai and redshirt senior Samantha Chukwura (Brooklyn, N.Y.) but the Islanders came back to make it 8-8 and rallied to open a 22-15 advantage.
But three straight UMES points made it 22-18 on a Bowens kill an ace and attack error and led to a TAMUCC timeout. Out of the break, UMES got a kill from Vaitai before the Islanders recovered from there to take the game by four.
In the third game, neither team had more than a three-point bulge in the early going and Hawks didn't hold a lead beyond 16-15. TAMUCC reeled off nine of the last 13 points to go up in the match, 2-1.
The Islanders to an 8-3 advantage to start the fourth game. UMES then went on a 4-1 run to cut the lead to 9-7 on a Vaitai kill, a Sierra ace and two TAMUCC errors. Anoter 5-3 stretch for the Hawks shaved \ the lead to 16-12, but that was as close as UMES got as the Islanders cruised to the win.
Sierra led the UMES offense with 36 of the team's 40 assists. Vaitai and Lea'Aetoa had two aces apiece which junior Rebecca Prado (Annandale, N.J.) and freshman Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) tallied foublr digit digs with 14 and 10, respectively.
Logan Bourque had 40 assists for the Islanders and Paige Hoffler had 12 digs.
UMES takes on tournament-host Northern Arizona later Saturday at 10 p.m., Eastern Time. The match will be televised live on Universityhouse Channel (Dish Network 9411).