LADY HAWKS BATTLE, BUT FALL TO LADY PIRATES
Oct. 13, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team lost to Hampton, 3-0, but battled the Lady Pirates in every set. The Lady Hawks dropped to 2-15 overall (1-4 MEAC) while Hampton improved to 11-8 overall (5-0 MEAC). Hampton remains unbeaten in conference play.
Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorvile, CA) had 19 assists in the loss, ending a four-match streak of 30+ assist performances. Rosales also tallied three kills and one dig. Collectively, three Lady Hawks had five kills and a service ace each in the match, Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA), Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL), and Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC). Smith also posted five digs while Lewis added two digs. Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led the team in digs (6).
In the first set, Hampton would score the first point in the match, but the Lady Hawks would rally to score the next three points on Lewis’ kill and two Lady Pirates’ errors. Hampton would regain the momentum and tie the match, 7-7. Afterwards, the Lady Pirates would score the next four out of five points to take an 11-8 lead, forcing UMES to take their first timeout of the match. After the timeout, Hampton would score the next two points and then commit a service error to give the Lady Hawks’ life. After the service error, UMES would score back-to-back points on Lewis’ service ace and kill by Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI), making the score 13-11. Hampton would swing the points back their way by scoring the next five points to take a commanding 18-11 lead. The Lady Hawks would stop Hampton’s run on another kill by Robinson, but Hampton would eventually score the next seven out of 14 points to win, 25-18.
In the second set, the Lady Pirates would again score the first point, but UMES would score the next two points on a kill by Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) and a Lady Pirates’ error. Both teams would exchange points early on until the Lady Hawks created separation by taking an 11-7 lead, forcing Hampton to use their first timeout of the match. After the short break, the Lady Pirates would cut UMES’ lead down to one, 12-11, where the Lady Hawks would take a timeout. UMES would regain the momentum after the timeout by scoring the next six out of seven points including a 6-0 run. The run was sparked by two service aces by Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX), a Rosales’ kill, and two Lady Pirates’ errors. Hampton would call their second timeout of the set after trailing 18-12. After the short intermission, both teams would match point-for-point. UMES Volleyball Head Coach Millicent Van Norden would ask for a timeout with the team leading, 21-16. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, Smith would score on a kill to extend UMES’ lead, 22-16. Hampton would rally late to score the next eight out of 10 points to tie, 24-24. The Lady Pirates would win the next two points and the set, 26-24, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Lady Hawks would score the first point on a Hampton error. Hampton would score the next five out of seven points to take an early 5-3 lead, UMES would take an early timeout. After the brief rest, the Lady Hawks would rally by scoring the next six points to take a 9-5 lead. Hampton would cut the Lady Hawks’ lead down to one, 10-9, but UMES would respond by scoring the next six out of seven points to take a commanding 16-10 lead, forcing Hampton to take a timeout. After the short break, the Lady Pirates would score the next two points until a Hampton error would slow down their momentum. Hampton would get back into the set and cut UMES’ lead down to three, 18-15. The Lady Hawks would call a timeout to stop the run. After the short intermission, UMES would score another point on a Lady Pirates’ error, but another late rally by Hampton would erase the six-point deficit and even the set, 21-21. The Lady Pirates would score the last four points in the set and match to win, 25-21.
Other notable Hawk performances include Robinson tallying four kills and one dig. Berry posted three kills, one dig, and one block. Woods would add two service aces and two digs in the loss.
For the Lady Pirates, Vendula Strakova led the team in kills (19) followed by Krista Kraskura (14). Bibiany Fonseca added 40 assists while Sheileen Pagen had 12 digs in the win.
UMES and Hampton will square off again on Nov. 10th in Princess Anne, MD at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Until then, the Lady Hawks will continue their six-match road trip. On Friday, Oct. 18th, the team heads back to Virginia to face Norfolk State. Two days later (10/20), the Lady Hawks will go to Dover, DE to take on Delaware State in a re-match.
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