HAWKS FALL IN PAIR OF FRIDAY MATCHES TO FINISH ROADRUNNER INVITE
Sept. 22, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It was a tough day for UMES as the Hawks fell in a pair of matches on Friday in the Roadrunner Invite. UMES was defeated by Utah Valley 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 21-25) and CSU Bakersfield 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-14, 25-16) at the Icardo Center to drop to 14-4 on the season. Utah Valley improved to 7-5 while CSUB went to 5-7.
Utah Valley began the first set taking four of the first five points for a 4-1 lead. A McKenna Tait service error and Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) kill pulled the Hawks to within one. Though UVU maintained a slight lead, the Hawks kept close with aid from two Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) kills at 8-7 Utah Valley. But at 11-9, the Wolverines won eight of the next 10 points to build a 19-11 advantage. UMES got a 3-0 run off the serving of Corey Haynes (Falls Church, Va.), getting to within three at 20-17, but a Kaysie Taylor ace and Lauren Stringham block in a 3-0 run gave UVU a five-point lead. Utah Valley took the set 25-19.
Play stayed close into the second set, with a Cassie Wahlin attack error and Vaitai service ace tying the score at three. UVU again got a two-point lead, but UMES responded with a Haynes kill and Vaitai block to tie it up at eight. The Wolverines won four of the next five points, started by a Brookelyn Hall dump kill, for a 12-9 UVU lead. A Patti Hatch serving error and second Vaitai ace brought UMES back within one. But UMES could not close the gap, as at 16-14 UVU, the Wolverines took five of the next six points. Again, UMES tried to claw back into the set off an Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) kill and two more by Williams to get within three at 21-18. Down 24-19, the Hawks got close off a Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) kill and a pair of Wolverine errors, but another Hall dump kill gave the set to UVU 25-22 and pushed the Wolverines up 2-0 in the match.
After set three started 3-3, UVU went on a 3-0 run to go up 6-3. Consecutive kills by Emily Shannon (Cross Junction, Va.) and Haynes brought UMES within one, but the Wolverines countered with four straight points, including two kills by Lauren Stringham. With UMES down 12-7, Ibe earned a kill, a block combo with Vicic and another kill in a row to pull the Hawks to within a pair of points. But the Wolverines got another run with four in a row to go up 17-11. UMES was down 22-14, but the Hawks did not quit. After a Haynes and Williams combo block, the former served UMES through a 5-0 run to get UMES within three. But despite late kills from Shannon and Vicic, UVU pulled out the third set 25-21 to win 3-0 over UMES.
UMES came back to rematch against CSU Bakersfield. The Roadrunners began with a 6-3 advantage capped by a Fernanda Goncalves ace. At 7-4, UMES fired back off the serving of Williams, using two Vaitai kills in a 5-0 run for a 9-7 Hawks lead, building it to 11-8 on a Vicic ace. CSUB countered with a 3-0 run to tie it up at 11. With UMES leading 13-12, Williams earned consecutive kills, followed by a Haynes and Ibe combo block to build a four-point advantage. CSUB pulled to within two, but a Hawks 3-0 run finished by a Vaitai kill and Williams ace put UMES up by five 21-16. The Hawks finished the game winning the last three points and taking the set 25-18.
An early 3-0 Hawks run off a Vaitai ace and Ibe kill put UMES up 5-3 in the second set. The home team took seven of the next 10 points, including a kill and two blocks from Molly O'Hagan, to push ahead 10-7. The Hawks tried to get back in with a pair of points at a time, eventually taking the lead off an Ibe kill and block to go up 16-15. The sides went back and forth, with UMES leading 22-21 late. CSBU took the lead with a pair of points on a service error and Debora Araujo block for a 23-22. Ibe had a kill in the middle to stop the first set point, but an O'Hagan and Kelsee Sawyer combo block on the second chance gave CSUB the set 26-24 and evened up the match.
The third set started roughly for UMES as the Roadrunners began by winning eight of the first nine points and later taking an 11-2 lead. A couple of kills by Williams assisted UMES in trying to get back in the game, but the Hawks could not close the gap. Four straight CSUB kills pushed the home team up 21-9 as the Roadrunners won the set 25-14 and took a 2-1 lead.
Game four started similarly to the previous set as the Roadrunners started up 8-1 off the serving of Goncalves. Later 3-0 runs by the home team pushed it up 16-6. At 20-9, UMES tried to come back with a 4-0 run off an Ibe kill, Vicic dump kill, Ibe solo block and Williams kill, to pull within seven at 20-13. The Hawks had another late 3-0 run, but they could not get closer as UMES fell in set four 25-16 to drop the match in four sets to CSU Bakersfield.
Williams combined for 25 kills, earning double digit kills in each match, with a trio of blocks. Vaitai, who earned her 900th kill of her career in the late match, had 17 kills and a trio of aces. Ibe led all Hawks with eight blocks, adding 13 kills.
Against UMES, Erica Nish led Utah Valley with nine kills and a pair of blocks. Setter Hall had 29 assists, seven kills and three blocks, while Stringham also had seven kills and three blocks.
Araujo finished with 14 kills, six digs and three blocks for the Roadrunners. O'Hagan had 10 kills and five blocks, while Sawyer had eight kills and three blocks.
The Hawks will head home to prepare their defense of the MEAC title, starting conference play on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. match at Delaware State.