UMES'S 10-MATCH WINNING STREAK ENDS WITH LOSS TO CSUB
Sept. 21, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UMES's 10-match winning streak came to an end on Thursday after the Hawks fell to CSU Bakersfield 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) in the first match of the Roadrunner Invite. UMES falls to 14-2 on the year while CSUB goes to 4-7.
In addition, UMES ten-match winning streak against road tournament hosts also ended with the defeat.
Emily Shannon (Cross Junction, Va.) began the first set with an ace as she started UMES on a 3-0 run. At 5-2 however, CSUB took four straight to take a 6-5 lead. After the Hawks regained the lead to go up 7-6 on a service error and Shannon kill, a 3-0 CSUB run was countered by a 3-0 UMES run to put the Hawks up 10-9. Back and forth play commenced when at 13-13, the Roadrunners took four straight, capped by a Fernanda Goncalves ace, for a 17-13 advantage. The Hawks clawed back in with a 4-0 run, ended on a Shannon kill, to tie the game at 17. But CSUB took six of the next seven points, and despite two late kills from Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger (St. Veiberstrabe, Austria), UMES fell in the set 25-21.
A service error and Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) kill gave the Hawks an early 2-0 lead in the second set, going to 2-2 after a pair of CSUB points. Each side exchanged points early when after a Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) ace, the Roadrunners took five of the next six points for a 13-11 lead. At 15-12 CSUB, a Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) kill and a block and kill from Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) tied the set at 15. Later after a 3-0 CSUB run, UMES called timeout down 20-18. The Hawks responded with three straight points, ending with kills from Shannon and Williams, to go up 21-20. After going back and forth to a tie game at 23, Vaitai earned a kill then blocked an attack from Debora Araujo to win the set for UMES 25-23 and even up the match.
The third set started roughly for the Hawks as CSUB used an early 4-0 run to go up 7-2. A Vicic kill followed by an Ibe one pulled UMES within three, but CSUB again led by five two points later. The Roadrunners used runs of 4-0 and 6-0 to build an 11-point advantage at 21-10. Two late kills by Ebster-Schwarzenberger and a Vaitai ace were not enough as UMES fell in set three 25-15 to go down in the match 2-1.
Another early CSUB run gave the home team an early 7-3 edge in the fourth set. At 8-4, UMES battled back by taking four of the next five points, including a Vaitai kill and Vicic ace, to pull within one at 9-8. But the Roadrunners responded with six points in a row off the serving of Sophie Flemon to go up 15-8. UMES could not make up the deficit and fell to CSUB in the fourth set 25-15, suffering a 3-1 match defeat.
Ebster-Schwarzenberger led UMES with 12 kills. Shannon earned a career-high eight kills with an ace. Williams had seven kills and a block, while Vicic had 29 assists, three aces and a team-high six digs.
Araujo had 14 kills for the Roadrunners, adding six digs and three blocks. Molly O'Hagan had 10 kills and five blocks.
UMES will finish the Roadrunner Invite on Friday when it plays Utah Valley at 3:30 p.m. ET and rematches against CSU Bakersfield at 10:00 p.m. ET.