Maline Vaitai led UMES with 18 kills and 10 digs in the MEAC semifinals Saturday.

Maline Vaitai led UMES with 18 kills and 10 digs in the MEAC semifinals Saturday.

Nov. 20, 2010

Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jarne Gleaton and First Team All-MEAC selection Desire Waller had 13 kills each as No. 3-seeded South Carolina State ousted the top-seeded University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's volleyball team, 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 27-25), in the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament at Coppin State's Physical Education Complex Saturday.

MEAC Rookie of the Year Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills and 10 digs but South Carolina State (16-22) advanced to the final against the winner of the second semifinal between Florida A&M and Delaware State.

UMES (20-12) failed to move to the conference final for the first time since the 2006 season when UMES fell to FAMU in the semifinals.

Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.) and All-MEAC Second Team performer Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa (Salt Lake City, Utah) pitched in with 12 and 11 kills, respectively, but UMES was outhit .245-.150. Another All-MEAC Second Teamer Stephanie Sierra (El Paso, Texas) just missed a double-double of her own with 31 assists and nine digs. Samantha Chukwura tallied four kills and three digs in her final collegiate match.

Tiffane' Jackson and Shabree Roberson each had ninr kills in support of Gleaton and Waller's efforts.

South Carolina State opened the first game with five of seven points for a 5-2 advantage and never looked back to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs led 11-7 forcing a timeout. A Lea'Aetoa kill got the Hawks with five at 17-12 later and another at 19-13 keep them in it but SCSU was too much, winning by four.

The Bulldogs again scored the first five in the second game. A Vaiati kills cut it to 9-6 and 12-9, respectively, before Bowens swings made it 13-10 and 14-11.



After a UMES timeout at 15-12, SCSU pulled away. Bria Brimmer's service ace made it 20-14 and block from Waller and Jackson gave the game to South Carolina State.

UMES regrouped in the third game to get on the scoreboard and send it to four. The Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead prior to a SCSU timeout and led by as many as seven, 15-7, before a Jackon block stopped the run.

A Roberson kill got the Bulldogs with a 16-10 margin and a four-point run later cut the Hawks' lead to just one at 18-17. UMES opened a three-point bulge at 21-18 prior to an SCSU timeout.

A kill from Gleaton made it a one-point game again, 24-23, but on the next point a Melissa Robinson serve sealed the game for the Hawks.

The fourth game featured 17 ties and 10 lead changes as neither team had more than a two-point advantage the entire way. UMES looked to be in control of things with a 23-21 lead when a solo block by Lea'Aetoa forced a South Carolina State timeout, but the Bulldogs fought back with a block by Jackson to knot it at 23-all.

Peri Ligons' service error gave UMES a game point before a Jackson kill evened the score again. South Carolina State benifited from hitting errors by Chukwura and Vaitai to advance to the final.