EDWARDS, JOHNSON TALLY DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS IN UMES' FOUR-SET WIN AT DSU
Christine Edwards led UMES with 13 kills in a win at Delaware State Sunday.
Christine Edwards led UMES with 13 kills in a win at Delaware State Sunday.

Oct. 11, 2009

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DOVER, Del. - Sophomore Christine Edwards (Lakewood, Calif.) and senior Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md.) each recorded double-digit kills as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball extended its winning streak to four, defeating Delaware State, 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16), at Memorial Hall Sunday.

Edwards tallied a match-high 13 kills and Johnson had 12 for UMES which improved to 3-3 away from the Hytche Center this season.

The Hawks (13-6, 2-0 MEAC) dropped the opening game by seven before reeling off three consecutive games to take the match. The Hornets, who outhit the Hawks, .244-.231, on the day, fell to 11-11 and 1-1 in conference with the loss. UMES won for just the second time this season when trailing in hitting percentage.

Freshman Karin Vikterlof (Orebro, Sweden) had a match-best 17 digs while senior Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif.) was one kill shy of a double-double, registering 12 digs.

The Hawks outserved the Hornets for the match with 13 aces and 10 errors while DSU had five with 11 errors. Woodward and freshman Bella Jade Romero (Arlington, Texas) led the team with three aces apiece. Romero also had 39 of the Hawks' 43 assists.

Delaware State took the first game of the match on the strength of a .441 hitting percentage. The Hornets had 15 kills on 34 attacks while playing errorless in the game.

UMES regrouped in the second game and held a 19-10 lead after a DSU timeout. Kills from Edwards and Johnson helped the Hawks close the game and even the match at 1-1.

The third game was close as neither team had more than five-point advantage throughout. UMES led, 18-13, on an attack error by DSU's Martina Ferrari but the Hornets rallied to score seven of the next eight points, taking a 20-19 lead on a Ferrari ace.

The Hawks regained the control on a kill by redshirt junior Samantha Chukwura (Brooklyn, N.Y.) along with a DSU error and never looked back for a three-point win.

UMES jumped out to a nine-point lead at 22-13 in the deciding fourth set heading into a Delaware State timeout. The Hawks closed the match with the help of two Hornet errors and a Johnson kill.

Cassandra Joyner (14) and Erica Tajchman (13) also each had double digits in kills for the hosts. Tajchman also threw in 11 digs for a double-double. Sarah Wheatcroft had 11 digs as well while Ferarri had 36 of the Hornets' 44 assists.

UMES returns home Friday (Oct. 16) to take on Hampton at 6 p.m.