UMES' PETRA JERABKOVA LEADS HAWKS IN 3-1 LOSS TO MANHATTAN
Sep 6, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Newcomer Petra Jerabkova (Czech Republic) made her Hawk debut for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) tonight in the teams' first match of the Sacred Heart University Invitational, taking on the Jaspers of Manhattan. While the Hawks fell 3-1, Jerabkova made an impression, coming up a dig shy of a triple double, posting 15 kills, 21 assists and nine digs.
Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) picked up where she left off last weekend, again dominating defensively for the Hawks, picking up 28 digs. The net defense also had their best outing of the young season, out-blocking Manhattan, tallying 6.5 blocks and 13 block assists. Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded four of those herself while adding six kills.
Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.) was second on the team in kills, getting 12 and having her best attack numbers of the season, hitting .226 and adding 10 digs. She was outdone though by Moriah Brookins (Cyrpess, Calif.) who killed seven balls on just 13 swings for a solid .538 percentage.
Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) dished out 25 assists and had seven digs and two aces, combing with Jerabkova in a dual offense that tallied 50 helpers on the night.
The Hawks got the win in the second set, just as they did last weekend against Western Illinois. They trailed 3-0 early but made a run to take a 5-3 lead as Aleksandra Manolova (Bulgaria) served up four straight points, collecting four errors from the Jaspers until they ended the run on a Sydney Volovski kill. They would turn it back over immediately though on a service error and the Hawks had it back, up 6-4. After trading service for four points Rosales took the serve and was followed by Smith. A Monolova error gave the ball back to the Jaspers with UMES up 11-8.
The teams again traded points but three serves by Rosales and four from Smith had the Hawks giving the ball back, up 24-17. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, Ill.) would take a Roslaes set for a kill and a win in set two.
UMES dropped set one 25-17 and set three 25-20 and then went to set four, down 2-1.
The Hawks trailed 3-0 to open the set but a Smith kill stopped the run for a moment to get UMES on the board. As the two teams traded points Allison Woods (Magnolia, Texas) would serve to get a Manhattan error that tied the match at seven. Four points later they were again tied at nine as Robinson took a Jerabkova assist for the kill. Precious Manu (Carson, Calif.) would serve again and invoke an Ann Kitlar error to make it 10-9 UMES. Manu served again and Kitlar missed again to make it 11-9 Hawks. The Jasper's Ellie Wiekamp broke Manu's serve but Robinson buried a kill to get it right back and have a 12-10 lead.
Rosales would then rotate back to service and rattle off four more points with Smith, Jerabkova and Robinson kills. Before Volovski could get a kill to break her serve, the Hawks were up 16-10. Robinson got another kill just a few points later to give UMES a 17-12 lead, forcing Manhattan to take a timeout.
Going back and forth for several points, Manhattan's Sarah Haselhorst took control with the serve, forcing an error, getting a kill and an ace. UMES then took the timeout up 19-18. The two squads kept going back and forth tying the match at 19, then 20, then 21, 22, 23 and 24. Jerabkova gave UMES the 24-23 lead. Coach Van Norden called timeout to prepare her team but a service error from Smith tied the set.
With Allie Yamashiro serving, Jerabkova missed to give the Jaspers a 25-24 lead. Volovski then got a kill to make it 26-24 and hand UMES their fourth loss of the season.
The Hawks take on the host Pioneers tomorrow at noon and then American at 3:00 p.m.