UMES POSTS FOUR GAME WIN OVER RIDER TO SPLIT PAIR OF MATCHES AT SHU INVITE
Sept. 24, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CONN. - The Lady Hawk volleyball team defeated Rider Saturday afternoon to split at pair of matches on the final day of the Sacred Heart Invitational. UMES defeated the Broncs 3-1 but lost their second contest to the host Pioneers in five games.
The Lady Hawks (2-12) took the first game from Rider 30-23 but dropped the second 30-25. Games three and four came right down to the wire with UMES grinding out 30-27 and 30-28 wins to earn the victory.
"Maryland Eastern Shore was pretty good," said Rider head coach Emily Ahlquist. "They were big, strong, fast and very athletic. That was the first time we've played them."
Three Hawks posted double digits for kills in freshmen Chanita Wesley (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Holiday Eller (Minnetonka, Minn.) and senior captain Eriel Jeffery (Highland, Calif.). All three posted 12 kills with Wesley adding 11 digs and Eller recording 18. Jeffery added six solo blocks to her stat total while freshman setter Yael Rozner (Haifa, Israel) passed out 39 assists with 10 digs on the afternoon.
The Broncs (5-9) got 14 kills from Megan Smith and 11 kills from senior Stefanie Lombardo. Natasja Avramovic had 19 digs on defense for Rider.
In game two of the second match, the Pioneers (3-9) ran off a 12-4 run when trailing 21-15 to gain a 27-25 advantage, forcing a UMES timeout and then closing out the game 30-27. In the deciding game five, the Pioneers jumped out to a 5-1 lead en route to the 3-2 victory (30-22, 30-27, 26-30, 23-30, 15-10).
Rozner finished with a triple double, passing out 43 assists with 11 kills and 16 digs. She also added six service aces. Eller came up with 19 kills while Jeffery had 14.
Christine Duffy turned in 19 kills to lead the way for Sacred Heart. Heather Brooks added 13 kills while Samantha McMillan registered 26 assists.
The Lady Hawks will head to Baltimore for their next contest, facing off against the Coppin State Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Sept. 27.