LADY HAWKS FACE CONFERENCE FOES IN VITAL REMATCHES
Diara Lewis (pictured) among one of three Lady Hawks to post five kills and a service ace in Sunday's loss to Hampton
Diara Lewis (pictured) among one of three Lady Hawks to post five kills and a service ace in Sunday's loss to Hampton

Oct. 17, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team continues their six-match road trip against conference foes they have faced earlier this season. Tomorrow (10/18), the Lady Hawks will square off against Norfolk State and Sunday (10/19) faces the Hornets of Delaware State University. As of today, the team sits sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) North Division looking to improve in the standings.

LAST MATCH

The Lady Hawks battled, but lost in straight sets to Hampton, 3-0. In the first set, the Lady Pirates defeated UMES, 25-18. In the second set, the Lady Hawks controlled the set, including a 22-16 lead late. Hampton would rally to take the second set, 26-24. In the third set, UMES took a commanding 16-10 lead midway through the set. The Lady Pirates would again rally to win, 25-21.

TOP PERFORMERS

Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorvile, CA) had 19 assists in the loss, ending a four-match streak of 30+ assist performances. 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). Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led the team in digs (6).

Other notable Hawk performances include Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) tallying four kills and a dig. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) posted three kills, a dig, and a block. Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX) added two service aces and two digs in the loss.


 

 

MATCHUP PREVIEWS

Entering tomorrow night’s matchup, the Lady Hawks come in 2-15 overall (1-4 MEAC) while Norfolk State has a 7-13 record (3-2 MEAC), including a win over Delaware State, 3-0. Since 2002, UMES leads the series, 24-1, over Norfolk State. The Spartans’ lone win in the span came earlier this season.

On Sept. 14th, the Spartans won the first matchup this season, 3-0, at the Spartan Invite (Norfolk, VA), hosted by Norfolk State. Robinson and Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) each led the team in kills (5). Jerabkova also had 13 assists in the match, which led the team. Precious Manu (Carson, CA) was the top digger for the Lady Hawks (9). For the Spartans, Goda Jankauskaite led the team in kills (11) while Darcy Moore paced Norfolk State with 38 assists. Jessica Johnson added 11 digs in the win.

Since then, the Lady Hawks average 12.89 digs per set; this is third in the conference, while the Spartans are among the conference leaders in a few categories, including third in assists per set (10.68) and service aces per set (1.58). UMES’ Li is third in the conference with 4.30 digs per set where the Spartans’ Noelle Eagles is currently fifth (3.88). The Lady Hawks’ Rosales average 5.82 assists per set, placing her tenth in the conference, while Moore is third averaging 9.22 assist per set. Norfolk State’s Janakauskaite is among the top-10 in two categories: kills per set (2.86) and points per set (3.15).

For the Hornets, they face MEAC North Division leader, Hampton University, before facing the Lady Hawks on Sunday. Currently, Delaware State is 1-14 overall (0-5 MEAC), including last Sunday’s lost to the Spartans, 3-0. Right now, Delaware State is tied for second in the conference averaging 1.89 blocks per set, led by Jae Jackson and Carey Berry. Both, Jackson and Berry, are among the top-10 in the block per set category. As of now, Jackson is third (0.93) while Berry is eighth (0.76). Jasmine Jackson is ranked in the top-10 in two categories: kills per set (3.20) and points per set (3.63).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After Sunday’s match with Delaware State, the Lady Hawks conclude their six-match road trip in our Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., where the Lady Bison of Howard University awaits.

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