DON METIL EARNS 200TH WIN AS A HEAD COACH AS HAWKS DEFEAT N.C. CENTRAL TO ADVANCE TO MEAC SEMIFINALS
Nov. 18, 2011
BALTIMORE -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore advanced to the MEAC Semifinals with a five-set victory (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-7) over North Carolina Central on Friday at the Physical Education Complex at Coppin State University. UMES wins their 17th match in a row with the victory.
The victory gives Don Metil his 200th win as a head coach, earning 115 of them with UMES. The other 85 wins came from earlier stops at Notre Dame (Md.), Lees-McRae and Coppin State.
Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) jump started UMES in the first set with two kills and an ace for a 5-1 lead. After the Lady Eagles tied the set at five, the Hawks won four of the next five points for a 9-6 advantage. At 13-11 UMES, took four of five again to go up by five. The Hawks finished N.C. Central with a 3-0 run including a pair of kills from Ndidi Ibe (North Richland, Texas) to win game one 25-18.
After the second set was tied at 7-7, the Maroon and Grey took three straight points to lead 10-7. The Lady Eagles took six of the next seven points for a 16-13 lead, eventually going up 21-15. UMES got to within two after winning four of the five points, but NCCU took the second set 25-22 to even the match.
At 3-3 in the third set, MEAC Rookie of the Year Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) spurred on a 6-0 by UMES with four service aces in five points, surging UMES ahead 9-3. The Hawks only gave up back-to-back points twice in the whole set, earning an 18-10 advantage. After the Lady Eagles won three of four to put the score at 19-13, UMES concluded on a 6-0 run, including two service aces by Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.), for a 25-13 set three victory to go up 2-1 in the match.
A strong start for NCCU gave the Lady Eagles a 10-5 lead in the fourth game. UMES pulled to within two at 11-9. NCCU built a four-point lead at 20-16. The Hawks managed to tie the score at 20 capped by a pair of aces from All-MEAC Second Team member Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa (Salt Lake City, Utah), but N.C. Central took the game 25-22 to force a tiebreaker set.
Iosia took command in the final set, earning the first five UMES points on kills for a 5-3 lead. After an NCCU point, Iosia's serving led the way to a 6-0 run, including an ace by the freshman, for an 11-4 advantage. At 11-6 N.C. Central, the Hawks won four of the final five points to win 15-7 and take the match.
Iosia finished with 16 kills, five aces and seven digs. Vaitai earned 12 kills, four digs and three blocks, while Ibe got 11 kills to hit .444, adding three blocks. Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) had the team high in assists with 47 and digs with nine.
Shantel Moore and Emanuelle Santos each had 13 kills and three blocks for the Lady Eagles, with Santos adding eight digs.
UMES will face Hampton, the victor over South Carolina State in the first round, on Saturday at noon for the MEAC Semifinals at the Physical Education Complex.