UMES CRUSHES COPPIN STATE IN THREE SETS IN HOME OPENER
Oct. 5, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Dominant hitting, serving and blocking fueled UMES to a shut out victory over Coppin State (25-7, 25-16, 25-20) as the Hawks improve to 3-0 in the MEAC and 17-4 overall. The Eagles fall to 2-2 in-conference and 6-9 overall.
UMES won its 25th-straight victory at the Hytche to increase its longest current home-winning streak in Division I. In addition, Don Metil's UMES teams improve to 12-0 against Coppin State in Metil's tenure.
Following a Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) kill, Corey Haynes (Falls Church, Va.) served UMES through an opening 5-0 run, followed shortly by a 3-0 run, including an ace by Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.), for an 8-1 lead. A kill from Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) and a pair by Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) pushed UMES up 13-5. After a Kandace Thomas kill and Vaitai kill, Iosia's spin serve led to four straight aces, adding a Williams, Haynes and Vaitai combo block to complete a 6-0 run for a 19-6 advantage. At 19-7, UMES finished with six consecutive points, using a Vaitai kill, two straight blocks by her and Ibe, and a Haynes ace, for a dominant 25-7 set one win, the largest margin of victory in a set by UMES this season. The Hawks hit .727 in the first set with nine kills and just one error in 11 total attacks.
Iosia picked up where she left off serving in the second set, leading the Hawks on an opening streak of five points. But the Eagles countered with four straight to pull within one. But UMES responded back, as Ibe combined three consecutive points, a block and two kill, en route to a 4-0 run and a 9-4 lead. The teams went back and forth with the Hawks maintaining a solid lead, when at 16-10, UMES won three straight for a nine-point lead. The Eagles got close to within 20-16, but the Hawks took the final five points, including two Iosia kills, to win 25-16 and take a 2-0 match lead.
Set three proved to be the toughest for UMES, as the Hawks and Eagles each exchanged early runs as the score was tied at 10-10. A Nicole Malave attack error followed by an Elli Steiner (Hallwang, Austria) ace sparked a 4-0 UMES run to push the home team up 14-10. Again the teams traded points, until 17-15, when a Vaitai kill and a pair of CSU attack errors gave the Hawks a 20-15 advantage. After a CSU point, the Hawks took the next four, started by a Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) dump kill and capped by an Ibe kill to go up 23-17. UMES took the set 25-20 to win in shut out fashion over the Eagles.
The Hawks combined for 10.5 blocks in three sets, holding the Eagles to a -.025 hitting percentage. UMES hit .370 as a team, earning 37 kills with just 10 attack errors, adding 10 service aces.
Ibe led the Hawks with a .643 hitting percentage, tallying 10 kills, with just one attack error, and six blocks, each team highs. Iosia also finished with 10 kills, adding service five aces. Vaitai had six kills with five blocks and an ace, while Williams had five kills and four blocks. Vicic nearly had a double double with 30 assists and eight digs.
Kendra Ireigbe and Cindy Okpegbue each earned five kills to lead Coppin State, with the former earned a block. Ariel Richard, who came into the match with 171 kills, hit -.412 with just one kill and eight attack errors.
UMES will rest during the weekend and take on Hampton next Friday, October 12th at the Hytche Athletic Center at 7 p.m.