UMES GRABS FIRST WIN OF SEASON WITH 3-0 DEFEAT OF WILDCATS
Sept. 14, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) grabbed their first win of the 2013 campaign on Saturday morning with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-18) defeat of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.) paced the Hawks over the Wildcats by notching 12 kills and hitting an impressive .400 in the match.
Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) continued her solid play by dishing out 17 assists and digging 11 Wildcat attacks. She would add five kills of her own and hit .231. It was a total team effort as Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) would be responsible for 9.5 points of her own netting seven kills and four blocks, including a solo, to go along with a pair of digs and two assists. Amanda Hanson (Phoenix, Ariz.) also got into the act, recording six kills from the middle to go along with a block assist and two digs.
"We finally got in the win column," said head coach Millicent Van Norden. "Now we have to go out and win the next one, but to do that we need to play better than we did in this match."
While UMES did hold the Wildcat offense to a .035 hitting percentage and forced seven reception errors, Van Norden wanted her Hawks to hit better than the .226 they posted. She wanted to rely on their attacks to score as opposed to Bethune-Cookman's errors, which included 24 attack errors and five service errors.
UMES served up seven aces, with three coming from Precious Manu (Carson, Calif.), who tossed three while Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) had a pair to go along with her 13 assists. Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) added another to go along with a match high 12 digs.
In the first set the Hawks found themselves down 5-3 before they got going. Robinson and Smith put together back-to-back kills to tie the match at five. They were tied again at seven and ten. Bethune-Cookman then caught the Hawks out of rotation and tossed an ace to force a UMES timeout with the Hawks trailing 12-10. The two MEAC foes traded points over the next few side outs, until the Hawks started their run. Robinson got a kill and then one came from Lauren Berry (Bloomington, Ill.) to cut the Wildcat lead to 16-15. B-CU responded with a kill from Destiny Hudson but Robinson answered right back with a kill and then blocked a Wildcat attack to tie the match at 17.
Hudson made an error to give UMES the 18-17 lead before a service error tied it again at 18. Then the Hawks flew from there, outscoring the Wildcats 7-1. Smith got a kill, Berry another and Bethune-Cookman called a timeout down 20-18. Berry posted another kill after the break, Hudson made an error and Smith put another in the book to give UMES a commanding 23-18 lead and the Wildcats called their final timeout.
Hudson returned to get a kill but on her next serve Smith smashed a Jerabkova set for another kill and set point. Rosales calmly tossed an ace to get the Hawks' first set one win of the season. Smith put down six of her 12 kills in that set to hit an impressive .667.
Set two was more of the same. The two teams traded points, staying within two or three points of each other to start. B-CU jumped out to an 11-6 lead on a Robinson error but UMES rallied the troops to start a comeback. They took advantage of three Wildcat errors to cut the lead to 11-9. They would again trade a few points until Berry and Moriah Brookins (Cypress, Calif.) would block a Delicia Pierre attack to cut the lead to 12-10. Rosales stepped back to serve and earned a pair of Bethune-Cookman errors and got a kill herself from the back row. It was 13-12 Hawks. The two teams again traded points tying the match at 13 and 14 before UMES took control.
Hanson pounded a kill to take a 15-14 lead and force a Wildcat timeout. Bethune-Cookman returned to make a pair of errors before breaking Allison Woods' (Magnolia, Texas) serve and trail 17-15. Brookins got the ball back for UMES after that with a kill and Hanson recorded another to make it 19-15. Jerabkova made an error but the mistakes were short lived as Robinson got a block and Hanson another kill to force the second Bethune-Cookman timeout as they trailed 21-16.
Hanson and Robinson would get more kills but the Wildcats made a late run to force a UMES timeout at 24-22, failing to win the set for three straight points. They returned quickly to get a Jerabkova kill on a Rosales set. The Hawks led 2-0.
In the second set, Bethune-Cookman adjusted to block Smith, who had no kills in the set but forgot the middle, where Hanson drilled four and Brookins and Robinson each got a pair of kills.
Set three was again closely played but UMES built a large lead early to maintain control throughout. Manu served four straight points early, forcing errors, getting an ace and a kill from Smith. The Hawks were up 10-3 when the Wildcats took their first timeout. They returned with a block but after trading points the Hawks led 15-9 on a Robinson kill.
UMES then may have relaxed a little as Bethune-Cookman got an error from Berry and used it well. Normarie Rolon started serving for B-CU and cut the lead to 15-12 before UMES took a timeout. They returned to more of the same as Rolon got another Berry error and a kill from teammate Rhea Simon to cut the lead to one,15-14.
Hanson had seen enough and took a Jerabkova set down to the floor to give UMES the sideout and a 16-14 lead. Manu rotated back to serve and was effective. She tossed an ace and got a kill from Diara Lewis (Columbia, S.C.) to put her Hawks up 18-14 and force the final B-CU timeout. When they returned Smith got her tenth kill of the match and Manu then tossed another ace to give the Hawks control at 20-14. They would go on to play back and forth with Smith picking up another pair of kills along the way before Brookins got the final kill to give UMES the 25-18 set win and first team victory of the season.
UMES now waits to face the host Spartans at 6:00 p.m.