LADY HAWKS COMEBACK TO WIN THRILLER OVER HORNETS
Oct. 20, 2013
DOVER, De. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team erased a 2-1 deficit to comeback and defeat Delaware State in five sets, 3-2. With the win, the Lady Hawks improved to 3-16 overall (2-5 MEAC) while the Hornets dropped to 1-16 overall (0-7 MEAC). The win also gives UMES the season sweep over Delaware State.
Sophomores Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) and Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) led the Hawk attack with 13 kills each. Lewis also added six blocks, two service aces, a dig, and an assist while hitting an impressive .360. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) continues to provide the team with solid play, including Sunday’s 39 assist performance. With Sunday’s performance, Rosales has posted 30+ assists in six out of the last seven contests. Defensively, Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) paced UMES with 17 digs while Junior Aleksandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgara) tallied 11 digs in the win.
In the first set, UMES would take an early lead over Delaware State, 7-3, forcing the Hornets to use an early timeout. After the timeout, the Lady Hawks’ momentum would continue by scoring the next three points, 10-3, including Lewis’ two service aces and a kill by Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI). Delaware State would make a run and cut UMES’ lead down to two, 15-13. Coach Millicent Van Norden would request a timeout to stop the run. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, UMES would regain momentum and extend the lead after scoring the next seven out of 13 points, 22-19. At this point, the Hornets would call their second timeout of the match. After the short rest, Delaware State would make another late charge to cut UMES’ lead down to one, 24-23, forcing the Lady Hawks to call their second timeout. After UMES’ timeout, Lewis would score the set point on a kill to guide the Lady Hawks to a 1-0 lead in the match, 25-23.
In set number two, both teams would be tied, 9-9, after the first 18 points. The Lady Hawks would call a timeout after trailing, 10-9, early in the second set. After the short intermission, the Hornets would extend their lead to five after scoring the next 10 out of 16 points, 20-15. Coach Van Norden would call a timeout to gather and talk to her squad. After the timeout, the Lady Hawks would score the following three out four points, 21-18, including a Hornet error and kills by Rosales and Smith. Delaware State would call a timeout to slow down UMES’ run. After the Hornet’s timeout, Delaware State would re-take control and win the set by scoring the last four out of five points, 25-19. At this time, both teams are tied, 1-1, in the match.
In the third set, the Hornets would sting the Lady Hawks by taking a commanding 7-1 lead, including scoring the first four points. Coach Van Norden would ask for a timeout to calm her young team. After the short timeout, UMES would battle back and cut into the lead, 12-5, forcing Delaware State to call a timeout. After the brief intermission, the Hornets would regain their momentum by scoring the next eight out of 13 points to take a 20-10 lead late. As a result, the Lady Hawks would call another timeout. After the brief rest, UMES would continue to fight by scoring the following three out of four points, 21-13, including two errors by Delaware State and a kill by Rosales. The Hornets would call their second timeout to stop UMES’ mini-run. After Delaware State’s timeout, the Hornets would close out the set by scoring the last four out of seven points, 25-16, and take the lead in the match, 2-1.
In set number four, the Lady Hawks would jump out to an early 4-1 lead, including three kills by Lewis, Smith, and Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) and a service ace by Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX). The Hornets would be forced to call a timeout to stop the run. After the brief timeout, Delaware State would rally and cut into UMES’ lead, 11-9, forcing the Lady Hawks to call a timeout. After UMES’ timeout, the Hornets’ run would continue by scoring the following eight out of 12 points to take the lead, 17-15, forcing the Lady Hawks to call a timeout. After the short rest, a kill by Lewis would cut the Hornet’s lead to one, 17-16, but Delaware State would respond by scoring the next three points to take a 20-16 lead late. With the match on the line, the resilient Lady Hawks refused to give up. UMES would make a run by scoring the next three points on Hornet errors, 20-19. Delaware State would request a timeout to slow down the momentum, but it was too late. After the Hornets’ timeout, the Lady Hawks scored four more points on three Delaware State errors and a kill by Precious Manu (Carson, CA) to reclaim the lead, 23-20. UMES would complete the comeback by scoring the last two out of three points, 25-21, and tie the match, 2-2.
In the fifth and decisive set, both teams would be deadlocked, 5-5, after the first 10 points. The Lady Hawks would create separation by scoring the next three points, 8-5, on two Hornet errors and Rosales’ kill. Delaware State called a timeout to stop the run. After the Hornet’s timeout, Delaware State would rally to score the next three points to tie, 8-8, forcing the Lady Hawks to use a timeout of their own. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, both teams would exchange points and the Hornets would call their final timeout of the match after trailing, 12-11. After the vital timeout, Delaware State would make another run, scoring three out of the next four points, 14-13, forcing UMES to call their final timeout of the match. With their back against the wall, the young Lady Hawks would rise to the occasion by scoring the final three points in the match, including Manolova’s clinching kill to seal the deal and comeback, 16-14. UMES would rally to win the match, 3-2, and erased a 2-1 match deficit.
Other notable Hawk performances include Berry posting three kills, five blocks, and an assist. Robinson had eight kills, nine blocks, two digs, and an assist. Robinson also registered a .286 hitting percentage. Woods tallied four digs and a team-high three service aces while Manu recorded two kills, eight digs, and an assist in the victory.
For Delaware State, three Hornets posted double-figured kills, led by Jessica Russell-Croucher (19). Russell-Croucher also recorded a double-double as she had 12 digs in the loss. Both setters, Natalia Mendieta and Taylor Marshall, registered 20+ assists. Mendieta tallied 25 assists while Marshall had 21 assists. Senior Sonya Inderbitzin led the Hornets in digs (19). On Monday (10/21), Delaware State host Bethune-Cookman. Match time is 7:00 p.m.
This Friday (10/25), the Lady Hawks conclude their six-match road trip as they face Howard University in our Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC. This will be the final road match of the season for the Lady Hawks. The match begins 7:00 p.m.
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