EDWARDS, JOHNSON LEAD HAWKS OVER HOWARD, 3-0
Nov. 8, 2009
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Sophomore Christine Edwards (Lakewood, Calif.) and senior Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md.) each finished with double-digit kills as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team completed an undefeated season in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 3-0 (25-14, 25, 14, 25-18) win over Howard Sunday at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Edwards tallied 12 kills, four aces and three digs while Johnson had 10 kills, two aces and a block solo, helping the Hawks (21-6, 10-0) to their 12th consecutive victory. The loss for the Bison (8-26, 4-6) is their third in a row.
Senior Thonya Joseph (Bridgetown, Barbados) recorded a match-high .636 hitting percentage with seven kills. As a team, UMES outhit Howard, .372-148. UMES tallied 16 aces to just one for Howard. Senior Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif.) led all players with five aces. She also had seven kills, six assist and two digs.
Freshman Bella Jade Romero (Arlington, Texas) had 27 of the Hawks' 36 assists to go along with four digs and an ace.
With the first game tied, 5-5, UMES tallied seven straight points to take the lead 13-5. Edwards had three kills in the run and Woodward chipped in with three aces.
UMES maintained its eight-point edge with a kill from Johnson to make it 18-10. UMES allowed four more points the rest of the game as Woodward put it away with a kill.
The Hawks didn't lose the lead in the second game. A Howard attack error at 22-11 gave UMES its biggest lead. A second Howard error in six points secured a 2-0 lead for UMES.
UMES owned a 14-10 advantage in the third game heading into a Hawks' timeout. UMES outscored HU, 11-8, close the match with a Joseph kill.
Gazelle d'Artois (11 kills) and Nicole Brown (15 digs) led the Bison attack. Jasmine King chipped in with 16 assists.
UMES returns to action Saturday Nov. 14 to North Carolina Central at 4:30 p.m. for Senior Day.