UMES is ranked 4 nationally in aces per set.
UMES is ranked 4 nationally in aces per set.

Oct. 26, 2008

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - For the second season in a row, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's volleyball team finished their home schedule undefeated. Their win over Hampton University 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16) today marks 16 straight wins at home for the Lady Hawks and puts them just two wins away from back-to-back undefeated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division Titles.

UMES was amazingly accurate on the day, hitting 81-percent from floor in the first set, with four players hitting over .600 for the match.

"Today was the day that we honored our seniors," said Head Coach Don Metil. "However, our seniors and the rest of the team understand that we still have goals that we would like to achieve. It was our senior's last home match, but not this year's last match."

Christine Edwards (Lakewood, Calif.) and Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md.) led the attack for the Lady Hawks. Edwards finished with a game-high 11 kills with just one error. Johnson was perfect on the day, putting down 10 kills with zero errors. Christina Estebané (El Paso, Texas) had a game-high 31 assists and Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif.) finished with a game-high six digs.

UMES dominated most the match, allowing Hampton to lead just twice. The Lady Pirates were up early in the second set 2-0, but after a service error by their freshman setter Lihi Elkayam, a kill by Johnson tied the set at two all. Hampton responded with a kill by Lina Cordoba to take back the lead. But a kill by UMES' Thonya Joseph (Bridgetown, Barbados) started an 11-1 run, giving them a lead they never relinquished.



For Hampton, Mianna Armstrong and Adriana Vazquez tied for a team-high five kills. Elkayam had a team-high 21 assists and Vazquez tied Alyssa Jackson for the team-high four digs.

Today UMES honored seniors Estebané, Leah Amundson (Tucson, Ariz.), Chanita Wesley (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Adora Luster (Woodbridge, Va.). The foursome combine for 325 aces, 967 kills, 2,074 digs and 2,212 assists in career stats.

The Lady Hawks travel to Baltimore, Md. next to face MEAC rival Coppin State on October 31.