NDIDI IBE BECOMES UMES'S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LEADER IN FOUR-SET WIN OVER NORFOLK STATE
Oct. 14, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES emerged victorious from a tough four-set battle with Norfolk State (25-21, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21), aided by Ndidi Ibe's six blocks to make her the UMES all-time blocks leader, to stay undefeated in MEAC play. The Hawks go to 5-0 in-conference and 19-4 overall, while Norfolk State falls to 6-18 and 3-2 in the league.
Ibe's (North Richland Hills, Texas) second block in the first set gave her block #205 in her UMES career to pass Kavienga Lea'Aetoa on the all-time UMES list. Ibe currently stands with 209 blocks at UMES and 315 in her college career including two years with Navy.
This win for the Hawks increases UMES's home-winning streak to 27 straight, still the longest in Division I.
Beginning with a Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) kill and solo block, UMES started the first set with a 3-0 run. Norfolk State countered by pulling to within one at 7-6. UMES took the next three points, sandwiched between a kill and ace by Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah), for a 10-6 lead. Aided by two Nicole Kessner aces, NSU took six of the next eight to tie the set at 12. At 13-13, an NSU service error and two straight combo blocks by Ibe and Vaitai, the first of which gave Ibe the all-time blocks mark, pushed the Hawks ahead 16-13. Again the Spartans pulled back in the match at 19-19. Two straight points from UMES put the home team up 21-19, and after a Jessica Johnson kill, three straight by the Hawks, capped by a block and kill by Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) kept UMES in front for good. The Hawks took set one 25-21.
Down early 5-3 in the second set, UMES hit five consecutive kills, including two by Vaitai and finished with two Ibe kills, for an 8-5 advantage. The Hawks maintained a small lead in the middle portion of the set, with a Williams kill and ace putting the Hawks up 16-13. Later, kills by Iosia and Vaitai push UMES up 19-15. But the Spartans fought back with four of the next five points, later taking a 22-21 lead with a solo block each from Charlotte Armstead and Beatriz Ferreira. UMES took back the lead off a Williams kill and block, but NSU responded with a Jasmin Flowers kill and Darcy Moore ace to get set point. UMES defended once with an Ibe solo block, but could not defend twice as Flowers earned a kill and block to give the set to the Spartans 26-24.
After the Spartans started up 3-2 in game three, Iosia served UMES to a 4-0 run with a pair of aces for a 6-3 lead. Kills by Williams and Iosia pushed the Hawks up 9-6, but the Spartans benefitted from five straight Hawks attack errors gave NSU an 11-9 lead. After the Spartans pushed the lead to three, UMES tied the game by winning four of five, finished by a kill and ace by Iosia, for a 15-15 score. At 18-17 UMES, NSU took four of the next five points, and eventually went up 24-21 for set point. Off the serving of Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada), the Hawks defended all three set points to go to 24-24. Vicic followed with an ace, then a Goda Jankauskaite attack error sealed a 5-0 run for the Hawks as UMES stole the game from Norfolk State 26-24.
Play started back and forth in the fourth set as each side kept siding out. When NSU lead 8-7, Iosia started a run with a kill and ace, with a Corey Haynes (Falls Church, Va.) kill putting UMES up 10-8. At 11-10, UMES took control of the match for good, starting with a 3-0 run. After a service error, the Hawks followed up with five straight points, capped by two Ibe kills, for a 19-11 advantage. Despite a late comeback attempt by the Spartans with a 4-0 run towards the end, the Hawks held on to win 25-21 and win the match in four sets.
UMES finished with 12 team blocks, matching its season-high on the season. The Hawks also had 12 blocks against Wright State on September 8th.
Iosia led the Hawks with 17 kills, earning a double double with 10 digs and adding four aces. Vicic also had a double double with 47 assists and 10 digs, adding two kills and a pair of aces. Vaitai earned 13 kills, seven digs and four blocks, Williams got nine kill and four blocks, and Ibe added eight kills with her six blocks.
For NSU, Armstead had a team-high 11 kills. Johnson and Flowers each had nine kills, while Jankauskaite had five blocks and six kills.
The Hawks will prepare for their part of Hawk Hysteria on Friday, October 19th at 6 p.m. when they host Delaware State for a rematch at the Hytche Athletic Center.