HAWKS SMASH DELAWARE STATE 3-0 TO OPEN MEAC SEASON
Oct. 4, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks started conference play in dominating fashion with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-6, 25-13) shutout win over rival Delaware State, outscoring the Hornets 75-33 in the combined games. UMES starts their campaign for its fifth straight MEAC Northern Division championship at 1-0, improving to 10-6 overall. Delaware State falls to 1-1 in the conference and 2-12 on the season.
In set one, a pair of 3-0 runs put UMES up 6-1 early, capped by two kills from Ndidi Ibe (North Richland, Texas). The Hawks maintained a small lead when at 11-8, they took three points in a row again off two kills from Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.). UMES never gave up the lead as it ended on a 4-0 run to win set one 25-15.
UMES had their strongest game of Don Metil's tenure in the second set. At 1-1, UMES took five straight points, including a couple of kills from Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.). With the score 8-2, Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.) had two aces in a row to cap off a 4-0 run. The score stood at 14-6 UMES as the Hawks went on huge run. A pair of kills from Iosia, two aces from Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) and two kills from Bowens contributed to an 11-0 run to finish the Hornets 25-6, the largest set margin of victory by the Hawks in the 25-point era.
Game three started in the same fashion as the previous two as UMES won four points in a row with a pair of aces from Rebecca Prado (Annandale, N.J.) to take a 7-2 advantage, followed by another 4-0 run two possessions later. At 18-8 UMES, Delaware State would not get to within single digits again. A final 5-0 run capped by a Williams and Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) would lead UMES to a 25-13 three set win and match victory.
As a team, UMES hit .365, led by reigning MEAC Player of the Week Iosia, who had 13 kills with no errors on 20 attacks for a hitting percentage of .650. Ibe got nine kills to hit .500. Vaitai got seven kills and as many digs with four total blocks, while Vicic got 31 assists with four aces and five digs. The Hawks held the Hornets to a -.025 hitting percentage.
Edarkis Branch led the Hornets with four kills, the only player for Delaware State with more than two kills, adding seven digs.
UMES will head to Baltimore next week for two conference matches, beginning with Coppin State on Friday followed by Morgan State on Sunday.