LADY HAWKS MOVE ON TO CHAMPIONSHIP
Thonya Joseph helped lead the Lady Hawks into the Championship match.
Thonya Joseph helped lead the Lady Hawks into the Championship match.

Sept. 27, 2008

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's volleyball team has been rolling through competition at the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Lady Rams Invitational. Finishing all their matches thus far in under an hour, they defeated Savannah State University (SSU) for the second time 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-13).

The entire team saw playing time in the 46 minute match. Thonya Joseph (Bridgetown, Barbados/Clarendon JC) and Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md./Albany) led the Lady Hawks attack with a game-high 11 kills each. Christina Estebané (El Paso, Texas/Midland College) and Samantha Pimental (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) shared the setter responsibilities. Pimental finished with a game-high 19 assists and Estebané had 16 respectively.

Chanita Wesley (Minneapolis, Minn./Breck) had a team high six digs and Estebané continued her serving dominance with a match high four service aces, three of which came in UMES' first seven points of the match.

The Lady Hawks started the third set on a 10-2 rally. SSU fought to stay in the match and battled to within six points on a kill by Brittany Lewis. But UMES never let them close the margin ending the match with an 8-2 run.

Lewis led the Lady Tigers with five kills. April Hayes finished with a team high eight assists and Shawannda McClain had a match high eight digs.

UMES is now 11-6 and will face host WSSU in the Championship game at 1 p.m. The Lady Hawks have a chance to sweep the tournament before travelling to North Carolina Central University tomorrow.