Sept. 28, 2012
Game Notes - UMES @ Howard
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WASHINGTON -- UMES will continue its conference slate as it heads to the nation's capital to take on Howard on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Burr Gymnasium. The Hawks are 1-0 in the MEAC and 15-4 overall, while the Bison come into the weekend at 0-11 and 0-0 in-conference. Howard will play Delaware State on Friday at home before its match with UMES.
The Hawks swept the season series last year, winning 3-1 at home and in straight sets in Washington D.C. UMES's last loss in conference play came against Howard in 2010 on the road. The Hawks have won 13 of their last 14 matches against the Bison dating back to 2005.
HAWKS SHUTOUT DEL. STATE TO OPEN MEAC PLAY
The Maroon and Gray started off conference competition with a three-set victory over Delaware State in Dover, coming back from down at least four points in each of the final two games. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for UMES and gave the Hawks their 13th-straight regular season MEAC victory dating back to last season.
Maline Vaitai led the Hawks with 13 kills on a .385 hitting percentage. Victoria Williams earned 11 kills, including 10 in the final two sets, and five blocks, while Ndidi Ibe had six blocks with seven kills and no attack errors.
TOP SERVING TEAM IN THE CONFERENCE
UMES IS THE TOP HITTING TEAM IN THE MEAC......
The Hawks lead the MEAC and stand second Division I in aces per set, averaging 1.93 aces per game and totaling 139 in 72 sets. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa stand at 14th in D-I with 30 aces for 0.52 each game, and Maline Vaitai is 227th, totaling 21 for 0.29 per set. UMES led all of D-I in aces per set in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
UMES is the top hitting team in the MEAC, earning a .241 hitting percentage so far in 2012, standing nearly 40 percentage points above second place Hampton at .203. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa
is leading the conference by hitting .332 with 115 kills and just 36 errors in 238 attacks. Three other UMES players are in the top-eight: Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger
is 5th at .284, Ndidi Ibe
stands at 6th at .264, and Victoria Williams
is 8th at .251.
...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .173, over 20 percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .197. UMES averages 1.89 blocks per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.04 per set, strongest in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 226.
TOP UMES BLOCKERS OF ALL-TIME
After a four-block performance against Jackson State, Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa earned her 204th block in her UMES career, passing Samantha Chukwura as the top blocker in Hawks history. Chukwura earned 203 blocks from 2007-10. Lea'Aetoa has 39 blocks this season. Not far behind Lea'Aetoa is Ndidi Ibe, who has 188 blocks with UMES, including 75 this season. Ibe has 285 blocks in her career, including two years at Navy.
VAITAI APPROACHING 1,000-KILL CLUB
Maline Vaitai stands at 919 kills in her career, just 81 away from becoming a member of the 1,000-kill club. Vaitai had a season-high 21 kills in a five-set win over North Texas on September 14th. The 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year had 407 kills as a freshman and 317 in 2011, currently standing with 195 this year. The UMES 1,000-kill club in the 25-point era includes Whitney Johnson (1,225) and Caylin Woodward (1,132).
VICIC TRYING TO BE UMES'S TOP ALL-TIME SETTER
Jessie Vicic, a member of the All-MEAC Preseason Team, is closing in on the all-time assists mark in UMES history. Currently, the sophomore stands at 1,941 assists, third all-time in Hawks history. This season, Vicic has a MEAC-best 732 assists, earning 1,209 in 2011. Christina Estebané is currently the all-time leader with 2,233 assists from 2007-08, and Yael Rozner is second, getting 2,085 assists from 2005-06.
Already surpassing her point total from her freshman year, sophomore right side hitter Victoria Williams has earned 170 kills, hitting .251, with 47 blocks, each mark second-strongest on the team. The Los Angeles native has earned a MEAC Player of the Week honor and nine double digit kill matches, including seven of the last eight UMES matches.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Howard comes into the weekend looking for its first win, standing at 0-11 overall. The team will play its first pair of conference matches this weekend, taking on Delaware State on Friday before its match with UMES. Shaun Kupferberg leads the Bison in his first season after six years at the helm in Jacksonville. Sophomore outside hitter Meagan Lagerlef has a team-high 66 kills and six aces, adding 58 digs. The team's top blocker is Assata Conway, a 6-1 sophomore, who has 18 blocks with 54 kills. Sophomore Stephanie Shultis serves as a combo player as a setter and outside hitter, totaling 41 kills and 153 assists.
ASU TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
Going 4-0 in Montgomery, Alabama, the Hawks are the champions of the ASU Tournament after defeating North Texas and Alabama State on Friday, then Troy and Jackson State on Saturday. A number of UMES players set new career highs: Victoria Williams earned 19 kills against North Texas, Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger had 15 kills against UNT and five aces versus Troy, Jessie Vicic set 62 assists in UMES's opening match and Megan Mueller had 14 digs against Troy.
WVU GOLDEN HORSESHOE CHALLENGE CHAMPION
The Hawks won all three matches in the WVU Golden Horseshoe Challenge, including against tournament host and Big 12 Conference member West Virginia, to win their second invitational of the season. UMES defeated WVU in four sets, following up with wins against St. Peter's and Wright State. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa was named MVP with 26 kills, while Victoria Williams and Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger earned All-Tournament Team.
HAWKS TAKE SECOND PLACE IN TIGER INVITATIONAL
The Maroon and Gray had a strong showing in the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, going 4-1 over the three days to take second place. UMES went 1-1 on the first day with wins over Southern Utah and a loss to New Mexico, ending with three straight shutout victories over UNC Asheville, Kennesaw State and tournament host Savannah State. Saitaua Iosia finished with 59 kills and 43 digs in the tournament, while Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa hit .324 with 35 kills and 13 service aces.
HAWKS WIN THE SFC TERRIER INVITATIONAL
UMES is the champion of the SFC Terrier Invitational after the Hawks swept the competition in the Big Apple, defeating NJIT, tournament host St. Francis (NY) and Radford, all in four sets, to begin the season at 3-0. Iosia led the Hawks with 64 kills and 47 digs, earning double doubles in all three matches. Ndidi Ibe and Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa each hit over .420 with at least 25 kills and 12 blocks each.
IOSIA NAMED AVCA DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the second time in her career, Saitaua Iosia was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Week for the period ending August 26th. She is the only player in MEAC history to earn this honor. She had three double doubles in the SFC Terrier Invitational, finishing with 64 kills with a .357 hitting percentage and 47 digs.
METIL - BEST COACH IN UMES HISTORY
Don Metil won his 100th match at UMES on September 30th, 2011 with a shutout victory over Alabama State. He also earned his 200th victory as a head coach on November 18th, 2011 after a five-set win over North Carolina Central. With the Hawks, Metil is the winningest coach in UMES volleyball history with a 132-43 record. Metil's first win in Division I came at Coppin State against UMES 3-2 on Sept. 25, 2005, while his first UMES win came against Coppin State 3-0 on Aug. 24, 2007. He has earned over 200 victories including stops at Notre Dame (MD), Lees-McRae and Coppin State.
UMES LONGEST ACTIVE HOME WINNING STREAK......
Winning their last 24 matches in Princess Anne, the Hawks have the longest home winning streak in Division I. UMES took over the top spot after previous the previous leader, Texas, lost to Minnesota on Sept. 7, 2012. UMES's last loss in the Hytche Athletic Center came on Sept. 26, 2009 with a 3-0 defeat from Sacred Heart. The first home match this season will be October 5th when the Hawks play Coppin State at 7 p.m.
......AND LONGEST ACTIVE MEAC WINNING STREAK
After a perfect MEAC regular season in 2011, UMES holds the longest conference winning streak at 13 straight league victories. UMES last fell in a MEAC match on September 7th, 2010 against Howard in Washington D.C. in straight sets. In addition, the Hawks have not lost a conference match at home since November 9th, 2006 when UMES was defeated by Morgan State in four sets. The Hawks have not been beaten by a MEAC opponent in the Hytche Athletic Center under Don Metil's tenure with UMES.
UMES MATCHES TO AIR ON WGOP
WGOP 540 AM and 100.7 FM returns as the flagship station of Hawks volleyball for its second season and will air all matches live on the radio this year. Dave Vatz returns for his third season with UMES and will provide play-by-play, with WGOP producers Suzy Rummel and Steve Pettit operating from the Pocomoke City studio. Fans can listen online on umeshawks.com.
2011 IN REVIEW
UMES had its best year in school history in 2011, earning its first-ever MEAC Championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 24-7 record. After earning a share of the championship in the Bryant and Brown Invitationals, following up with being the outright champion of the UMES Hawk Invitational, the Maroon and Gray won all 12 matches in the conference regular season to win MEAC Northern Division for the fifth-consecutive year. After victories over North Carolina Central and Hampton in the first two rounds of the MEAC Tournament, the Hawks defeated Florida A&M in the championship for the title. UMES earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, falling to 9-seed and eventual national champion UCLA in Los Angeles in the first round.