HAWKS TOPPED BY PIONEERS 3-1 ON DAY TWO OF INVITE
Haley Robinson had six blocks in the match.
Haley Robinson had six blocks in the match.

Sep 7, 2013

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Petra Jerabkova (Czech Republic) played just her second match of her collegiate career but again made an impression, dishing out 12 assists and digging 12 balls while adding six kills and four blocks. It wasn't enough however, as the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) fell 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19) to the host Pioneers of Sacred Heart University (SHU) in a close fought match.

Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) showed her senior leadership once again, digging 21 balls while Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) helped Jerabkova at the net, notching six block assists. She would pitch in with a pair of digs, five kills and two service aces.

Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.) added four kills and was complemented up front by Moriah Brookins (Cyrpess, Calif.) who killed six balls and blocked five more.

Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) dished out a dozen more assists to match Jerabkova and added a pair of digs. Allison Woods (Magnolia, Texas) saw action on all four sets and rewarded Coach Van Norden's decision with 11 digs and four block assists to go along with a pair of kills. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, Ill.) also chipped in with three blocks and three kills.

The Hawks were down two sets to none heading into what could have been the decisive set but were able to build a lead in the third set and eventually hang on for the win. Down 2-0 to start, they used a Woods service to induce a Pioneer error and tie the match. They would tie it again at five all when Robinson started serving. She got an error from SHU's Sarah Krufka then served up a ball that would end up with a Smith kill to put UMES up 6-5. A bad set from Kiki Robinson gave them a 7-5 lead before UMES lost the service on a Smith error.

Krufka took her turn at service but UMES was able to toss a Rosales set down for a kill from Smith to lead 8-6. The teams would swap points before Smith rotated back for the Hawks and started her service. Three straight attack errors from the Pioneers gave UMES a 12-7 advantage and SHU called a timeout. The break worked, as Smith faltered at service, but the momentum didn't leave UMES' side. Brookins took a Jerabkova set for a kill to give UMES the side out and a 13-8 advantage. Again the two teams would trade service until the Hawk's Woods made an error to cut the UMES lead to 16-10.

Sacred Heart's Dianis Mercado would head back to serve and induced two Hawk errors to make it 16-12 and Van Norden called a timeout. Mercado went back to get another point before an error gave the ball back to UMES. Woods would serve but SHU would get a kill from Krufka and get the ball back, trailing by just three, 17-14. The two teams would again trade points, getting the other to commit errors before Krufka started a serve for SHU trailing 19-16. Brookins made an error for UMES, then Karly Shockley got a kill for the Pioneers. Jerabkova committed an error and Sacred Heart had tied the match at 19.

Krufka's fourth serve missed, giving UMES the 20-19 lead. Jerabkova went back to serve and rattled off three straight points, including an ace, to give the Hawks a 23-19 advantage. She would then miss on her serve giving the ball back. Marie Zimmerman would serve for the Pioneers next and tossed an ace before a Berry error made it a one point set, 23-22. Zimmerman would then commit an error to give the Hawks set point, 24-22. Mercado would get a kill to cut it to two but on the pursuing serve Krufka hit an error that gave the Hawks a 25-23 win.

In the fourth set the Hawks jumped out to a 6-3 lead on an Amanda Hanson (Pheonix, Ariz.) kill, her second of the set. But as she rotated back to serve SHU got a kill from Alissa Young to get the ball back, down 6-4. Karly Shockey would then serve an ace and induce a Woods error to tie the match at six all. The Pioneers scored again on a Mercado kill and Coach Van Norden called a timeout.

The break worked, as Brookins killed a Jerabkova set to get the ball back, tying the match at seven. UMES would take an 11-9 lead on a Robinson kill that gave the Hawks the ball. Woods would serve, then make an error, and SHU had the ball, trailing 11-10. They quickly tied it at 11, but UMES scored the next two points to take a 13-11 lead. SHU tied it again and UMES went ahead again. The two teams would sit knotted on several more occasions, tied at 13, 14 and 16.

Zimmerman gave the Pioneers the lead at 17-16 and the Hawks called timeout. They went up 18-16 before Zimmerman served the ball out to make it 18-17. UMES gave the ball right back and Gonzalez would serve three straight points to give SHU a 22-17 lead and UMES was unable to catch up. Robinson added a kill but Allison Riggs answered twice for the Pioneers to make it 24-18. UMES got their last point on an error but Mercado hammered down a kill to give SHU the set 25-19 and the win, 3-1.

UMES will turn around and play again in an hour taking on American University at 3:00 p.m.