BATTLE FOR FIRST: HAWKS HOST HAMPTON AND NORFOLK STATE THIS WEEKEND
Don Metil's squad will be alone in first place in the MEAC North with a win over Hampton on Friday.

Don Metil's squad will be alone in first place in the MEAC North with a win over Hampton on Friday.

Oct. 11, 2012

Game Notes - UMES vs. Hampton, Norfolk State

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The five-time defending MEAC North champion UMES will face Hampton on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hytche Athletic Center for a chance to take sole possession of first place in the division. Then on Sunday, the Hawks take on the MEAC North's third place school Norfolk State at 3 p.m. UMES comes into the weekend at 17-4 overall and 3-0 in-conference play. Hampton is also 3-0 in the MEAC, sporting a 12-10 overall tally, while Norfolk State is 2-1 in-conference and 5-17 overall.

UMES SHUTS OUT COPPIN STATE IN HOME OPENER
In front of their home fans for the first time this season, UMES took down in-state rival Coppin State in three sets (25-7, 25-16, 25-20) to remain undefeated in MEAC play and win its 25th match in a row at the Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks hit .370 as team and held the Eagles to a -.025 hitting percentage after earning 10.5 team blocks.

Ndidi Ibe earned MEAC Player of the Week after hitting .643 in the match, finishing with team-highs of 10 kills and six blocks. Saitaua Iosia also earned 10 kills, also contributing five aces, including four in a row in the first set. Maline Vaitai had six kills with five blocks, while Victoria Williams concluded with five kills and four blocks.

TOP SERVING TEAM IN THE CONFERENCE
The Hawks lead the MEAC and stand third Division I in aces per set, averaging 1.90 aces per game and totaling 146 in 77 sets. Saitaua Iosia is the MEAC leader with 0.73 aces per set, totaling 30 in 41 games, while Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa is second with 30 aces in 58 games for 0.52 each 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......
UMES is the top hitting team in the MEAC, earning a .241 hitting percentage, standing over 35 percentage points above second place Hampton at .205. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa is second in the MEAC by hitting .332. Three other UMES players round out the top-seven: Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger is 4th at .284, Ndidi Ibe stands at 5th at .272, and Saitaua Iosia is 7th at .268.

...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .164, over percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .196. UMES averages 1.92 blocks per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.06 per set, also second in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 153.5.

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 198 blocks with UMES, including 85 this season. Ibe has 295 blocks in her career, including two years at Navy.

VAITAI APPROACHING 1,000-KILL CLUB
Maline Vaitai stands at 944 kills in her career, just 56 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 220 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 2,026 assists, third all-time in Hawks history. She passed the 2,000-assist mark in a 30-assist match vs. Coppin State on October 5th. This season, Vicic has a MEAC-best 817 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.

IOSIA IS BACK AND SWINGING
After missing some time due to injury, Saitaua Iosia has returned and been a force for UMES, earning double digit kills in the last two matches. The MEAC Preseason Player of the Year has totaled 26 kills and six aces against Howard and Delaware State, currently standing with 170 kills and 30 service aces, averaging 4.35 points a game.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Hampton is on a four-match winning streak, having won its last three matches, beating Morgan State, Coppin State and Howard, in a combined 10 sets. Sophomore outside hitter Vendula Strakova, a transfer from San Francisco, averages over five points set, totaling 217 kills, 21 aces and 35 blocks. Krista Kraskura, also a sophomore outside hitter, currently has a team-high 275 kills, 26 aces and 255 digs.

Norfolk State comes into Friday having snapped a three-match winning streak, including victories over Morgan State, William & Mary and Howard, with a three-set defeat to VCU on Tuesday. Preseason All-MEAC senior middle blocker Charlotte Armstead leads the Spartans with 251 kills, adding 43 blocks. Senior outside hitter Beatriz Ferreira has 165 kills and 23 blocks.

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 and Jessie Vicic set 62 assists in UMES's opening match.

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 to take second place. UMES ended with three straight shutout victories over UNC Asheville, Kennesaw State and 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 134-43 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 25 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 15 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.