HAWKS FALL TO SPARTANS IN FINAL MATCH OF INVITE
Sept. 14, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) fell in their final match of the 2013 NSU Spartan Invite to the host Norfolk State University (NSU), 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) on Saturday night and falls to 1-8 on the season.
UMES fell to the upstart Spartans for the first time since 2001 and found little offense to help them along the way. After winning their first match earlier in the day, the hopeful Hawks were looking for another win but NSU came out strong and never allowed the Hawks to get into sync on offense.
Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) and Haley Robinson (Honolulu, Hawaii) both led the way for UMES with five kills each. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, Ill.) added four kills but the rest of the Hawks combined for just eight kills for 22 total. They committed 17 attack errors on their 87 swings to hit just .057. In comparison, the Spartans hit a solid .280 as a team and got 42 kills to their 16 miscues.
UMES did win the net game, blocking 7.5 balls with Robinson netting five block assists and five others had two each. Precious Manu (Carson, Calif.) had a team high nine digs, one third of the teams' total, 27. Norfolk State however was solid, digging 43 Hawk attacks.
While the third set was the closest for the Hawks they actually never led nor tied in the set. The closest set for that was the second when the two teams tied 10 times and exchanged the lead six times. They were tied three times in the first and had just one lead change in the set. The Hawks couldn't seem to get on track throughout the nightcap.
Late in the second set the Hawks tied the match at 15 on a Berry kill and then two points later Jerabkova tied it again at 16. NSU's Jessica Johnson then recorded a kill to give NSU the 17-16 lead. They tossed another ace to make it 18-16 and UMES had to call a timeout. Johnson came back from the break to get another kill and the Hawks trailed 19-16. Jerabkova then pounded out a kill to cut the lead to two, 19-17. It looked like momentum was swinging towards the Hawks but an error gave the ball back to NSU and they would rattle off five straight points on the serve of Darcy Moore to get the 25-17 win.
UMES now heads to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Ohio State, Valparaiso and the host Buffalo