IOSIA'S 19 KILLS LEADS UMES TO A 3-1 COMEBACK WIN OVER MORGAN
Nov. 2, 2012
BALTIMORE - After falling in the first set, UMES took the next three games to defeat in-state rival Morgan State 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20) and improve to 9-0 in the MEAC and 23-4 overall. The Bears dropped to 4-20 and 3-7 in-conference.
UMES, which clinched a spot in the MEAC Tournament after the win over Howard, stays in first place in the Northern Division.
A pair of Janelle Wilson kills helped Morgan State begin the first set with a 5-1 advantage. UMES countered by taking five of the next six points, including a pair of Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) kills, to tie the set at six. Play went back and forth until at 10-9 MSU, Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) served the Hawks on a 4-0 run, including an ace, to push UMES ahead 13-10. The Hawks kept a small advantage, up 18-16. At that point, MSU took the next five points, including a pair of kills from Arianna Hayden, to surge ahead 21-18. The Hawks fought back off Jessie Vicic's (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) and Iosia's serving, with the ladder getting an ace to push UMES ahead 23-22. But Morgan State won the last three points, sandwiched by two Samantha Prescott kills, to win game one 25-23.
UMES won three of the first four points to start the second game, but MSU tied it at four. At 7-6, an Iosia kill started UMES on a 3-0 run for a 9-7 visitors lead. After going back and forth to 12-10, Ibe and Iosia each had a kill on a 3-0 run to push UMES up 15-10. Later at 16-12, an Iosia kill, Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) kill and Vicic ace gave UMES a seven-point lead. With the Hawks winning the final three points of the game, Iosia had eight kills in the set to pace UMES to a 25-16 victory in set two and even up the match.
The Bears began the three set on a 3-0 run off Janelle Wilson's serving, later going to 6-2. After an exchange of points, UMES took the next two off an Iosia kill and Ashley Johnson attack error to pull the Hawks within two. Following a Prescott kill, Williams got a run started with two consecutive kills. Iosia followed with an ace. Two proceeding MSU attack errors completed a 5-0 run to give the Hawks a 10-8 advantage. UMES struck again following a Johnson kill, with Corey Haynes (Falls Church, Va.) serving the Hawks through another 5-0 run, capped by kills from Iosia and Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) for a 15-9 lead. UMES maintained a strong advantage as the teams went back and forth, as an Iosia kill and Wilson attack error gave UMES a 22-14 lead. The Hawks held off a late 3-0 MSU run to take the third set 25-18 and go up 2-1 in the match.
Starting with strong serving from Megan Mueller (Manchester, Mo.), UMES took four of the first five points in the fourth set. The Bears responded by taking four of the next five points to tie the game. A pair of Iosia kills pushed UMES up 7-5. At 8-7, the Hawks went on a 4-0 run on Haynes's serving for a five-point advantage. With help from a Williams ace and Ibe kill, the Hawks built a 17-10 lead. MSU started to fight back, using a 3-0 and later a 5-0 run to pull within one at 20-19. After each side scored, Ibe knocked down three attacks in a row to give UMES a 24-20 lead. Vaitai earned the final kill on the next point for a 25-20 set win and 3-1 match victory.
Iosia led the Hawks with 19 kills, nearing a double double with nine digs, adding three aces. Ibe hit .579 in the match with 12 kills and three blocks. Vaitai had a double double with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Williams had a team-high four blocks with eight kills.
For Morgan State, Prescott hit .400 with 19 kills and nine digs. Johnson finished with eight kills and five digs, while Ngebui Chafeh had seven kills, 37 assists and eight digs.
UMES will return to Baltimore on Sunday at 3 p.m. to take on Coppin State at the Physical Education Complex.