CHARLOTTE DOWNS HAWKS 3-0 AT SPARTAN INVITE
Sept. 13, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) fell in their opening match of the 2013 NSU Spartan Invite to Charlotte, 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-10) and falls to 0-7 on the young season.
Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) led the way, notching eight kills on the right side and then rotating to the back row to dish out 14 assists. She would add five digs. Sonia Rosales would hand out 12 assists in the 6-2 offense during her time in the back row. Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Diara Lewis (Columbia, S.C.) would be the primary recipients of those sets, each collecting seven kills. Lewis was by far the most productive hitting an impressive .462. The rest of the Hawks however only put up a combined clip of .064 compared to the 49ers impressive .361.
Defensively, the Hawks were spread out, getting nine digs from Precious Manu (Carson, Calif.) and six from Allison Woods (Magnolia, Texas). Robinson and Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) each served up an ace. Li had an uncharacteristically low, three digs.
UMES was topped quickly in both the first and third sets but made things uncomfortable for the 49ers in the second.
After Charlotte took a 2-0 lead, UMES got a Jerabkova kill and a block from Lewis to tie the match. The two teams went back and forth over the next several plays tying the match at three, four, five and six. UMES took the lead, 6-5 on a Lewis kill but wouldn't lead again until 13-12 when Li served her third straight point, this one on another Lewis kill. It was more of the same on the next point, Li served, Lewis swing and the Hawks were up 14-13.
Charlotte called a timeout.
The 49ers used the break to regroup and forced a sideout when Sarah McDonald got a kill and Jerabkova committed an error. She quickly corrected the mistake though, banging down a Rosales set to give UMES the lead back, 15-14. McDonald answered again for another tie.
Lewis then got another kill to give UMES the lead right back, but Woods' next serve was off and it was tied again, this time at 16. Charlotte then got in gear, getting a kill and a UMES error to take a two point lead, 18-16 and the Hawks took a time out.
The break worked as the Hawks got an unforced Charlotte error to cut the lead to one, but Charlotte came right back with a kill from Taylor Cannon to go back up two. Another UMES error gave Charlotte their biggest lead of the set before Alexsandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) got on the board with a kill to make it 18-20 49ers. Charlotte would then rattle off three straight points to make it 23-18 before a service error ended the run. Cannon would get another kill before another service error to make it 24-20 and Savannah Gaster finished off the set with a kill to make it 25-20 Charlotte.
UMES will regroup tomorrow morning to take on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foes Bethune-Cookman at 11:00 a.m. and host Norfolk State at 6:00 p.m.