HAWKS FALL TO AMERICAN 3-0 TO CLOSE SHU INVITE
Sep 7, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Playing in back-to-back matches on Saturday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) showed some signs of having just played a hard-fought match against Sacred Heart when they fell to the Eagles of American University 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) in the final match of the tournament for the Hawks.
Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led all defenders, digging 17 attacks to match American's Juliana Crum in that category. The rest of the Hawks defense struggled however, as UMES only came up with five blocks, two block assists each for Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Lauren Berry (Bloomington, Ill.) and a solo for Petra Jerabkova (Czech Republic). Jerabkova would also add 11 digs while Allison Woods (Magnolia, Texas) added six digs in the defensive effort.
Offensively UMES also struggled, hitting negative .047 for the match. Robinson led all attackers with five kills while Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.) added four kills and Jerabkova had three. Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) dished out seven assists.
American, however took advantage of the tired Hawks, hitting .239 and digging 56 balls and adding 11 blocks. Sarah Katz and Kelly McCaddin each had 11 kills for the Eagles. McCaddin had two solo and three block assists to fill the box score.
The Hawks played their closest set in the final one. They got down early, trailing 0-3 before getting a point on an Eagle error. They cut the lead to one on another error before they took the lead 2-5. After another error it was again a two point match at 3-5. American then went on a six point run to make it 11-3 and lead by eight. The closest the Hawks would get would be four when Smith would take a Rosales set for a kill to get a point and side out. They followed that with a Jerabkova set, again from Rosales, to make it 13-9. American would then assemble a 7-2 run to put the set out of hand at 20-11. The Hawks played virtually even from there on out, getting kills from Jerabkova and Eagle errors to finish the set 25-15 and end the Hawks' trip to Connecticut.
UMES heads to friendlier territory next weekend, when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to face MEAC foes Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman as well as UNC-Charlotte in a tournament hosted by the Spartans.