PRADO EARNS 1,000TH DIG AS UMES SHUTS OUT HAMPTON FOR FIRST PLACE IN MEAC NORTH
Rebecca Prado picked up her 1,000th dig in her college career against Hampton.
Rebecca Prado picked up her 1,000th dig in her college career against Hampton.

Oct. 14, 2011

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HAMPTON, Va. -- Rebecca Prado (Annandale, N.J.) became a member of the 1,000-digs club as the Hawks dominated Hampton on the road 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-17) to take sole possession of first place in the MEAC Northern Division. UMES improves to 4-0 in the conference and 13-6, increasing their win streak to eight. Hampton falls to 3-1 in the MEAC and 8-9 overall.

An early 3-0 run put the Hawks in front 6-2 in the first game. At 8-4 UMES, the Hawks lost the point, but Prado picked up her third dig to earn her 1,000th of her playing career. UMES took four of the next five points, including a kill by Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa (Salt Lake City, Utah) to go up 12-7. Only once in the rest of the set would UMES lose back-to-back points as the Hawks cruised to a 25-17 win in game one.

After Hampton took the first point in set two, the Hawks took seven of the next eight points, including a pair of kills from Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) to go up 7-2. At 10-5 UMES, the Hawks scored ten of the next 13 points, including two 3-0 and a 4-0 run. Lea'Aetoa earned two kills and a solo block in three of UMES's four final points as the Hawks won set two 25-11 and took a 2-0 match lead. The Hawks hit .706 in this set, including 12 kills with no errors on 17 total attacks.

Set three was back-and-forth to begin, with UMES taking an early 10-8 advantage. The Hawks then went on a 4-0 run capped by a pair of aces from Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) to go up 14-9. Hampton would not get closer, as another late 3-0 run, ending with a kill from Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.). UMES took set three 25-16 to win the match in shut out fashion.

As a team, UMES hit .382, including 38 kills with only nine hitting errors. Vaitai led the Hawks with 12 kills to hit .408, adding seven digs and a block. Iosia earned 10 kills to hit .444 plus eight digs and an ace. Prado dug out 11 balls, also adding an ace.

Mianna Armstrong recorded six kills to lead the Lady Pirates. Ornela Cadavid had five kills with two blocks.

The Hawks will head back to Virginia on Sunday as they take on Norfolk State at 3:00 p.m.