HAWKS HOST HOWARD AT THE HYTCHE FOR SENIOR DAY
Ndidi Ibe and Corey Haynes will play their final home match of their college career on Friday.
Ndidi Ibe and Corey Haynes will play their final home match of their college career on Friday.

Oct. 25, 2012

Game Notes - UMES vs. Howard

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- In the final home match of the career of Corey Haynes and Ndidi Ibe, UMES will take on Howard in the last contest in the Hytche this season. The Hawks come in at 21-4 overall and 7-0 in the MEAC, standing first place in the Northern Division. The Bison are looking for their first win, currently sporting an 0-18 overall record and 0-6 conference tally. UMES defeated Howard on Sept. 30th, coming back from down two sets in Washington D.C.

UMES PERFECT IN MEAC WITH TWO MORE WINS
The Hawks defended home court last weekend with shutout victories over Delaware State on Friday and Morgan State on Sunday, staying undefeated in MEAC play.

Iosia led the Hawks with 17 and 14 kills in each match respectively, while Ndidi Ibe hit .486 with 23 kills, five aces and seven blocks. Corey Haynes earned six kills with a .857 hitting % and six blocks vs. Morgan State, while Victoria Williams had six aces, six kills and five blocks on the weekend.

IOSIA NAMED MEAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
Combining for 31 kills, three aces and eight digs over the weekend, Saitaua Iosia was honored as MEAC Player of the Week the second straight week and fourth time this season. She earned double digit kills in each three-set win, including 17 vs. Delaware State and 14 against Morgan State.

VAITAI APPROACHING 1,000-KILL CLUB
Maline Vaitai stands at 986 kills in her career, just 14 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 262 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 All-MEAC Preseason Team member, is closing in on the all-time assists mark in UMES history. Currently, the sophomore stands at 2,197 assists, second all-time in Hawks history, just 36 away from the all-time mark. 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 988 assists, earning 1,209 in 2011. Christina Estebané is currently the all-time leader with 2,233 assists from 2007-08.

HAWKS LEAD DIVISION I WITH 199 ACES
With a D-I best 199 aces in 94 sets, the Hawks lead the MEAC and stand second in D-I in aces per set, averaging 2.12 aces per game. Saitaua Iosia is the MEAC leader with 0.78 aces per set, totaling 43 in 55 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 .247 hitting percentage, standing almost 40 percentage points above second place Hampton at .208. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa is second in the MEAC by hitting .332, with Ndidi Ibe at third with .313. Two other UMES players are in the top-six: Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger is fifth at .281 and at sixth is Saitaua Iosia at .273.

...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .165, 25 percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .190. UMES averages 2.02 per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.1 per set, the top mark in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 189.5.

Ndidi Ibe - TOP UMES BLOCKER OF ALL-TIME
With six blocks against Norfolk State on Oct. 14, Ndidi Ibe passed Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa to become the all-time blocks leader in UMES history. With her second block in the first set, Ibe earned block #205 in her UMES career to earn the all-time mark. She has 322 blocks in her collegiate career, including 216 with UMES and 106 with Navy.

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 six matches. The MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and four time conference Player of the Week has a total of 92 kills, 19 aces and 38 digs in her last four matches, totaling 236 kills with a .273 hitting percentage in 15 matches with 43 aces and 136 digs this season.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Howard currently stands in seventh place in the MEAC Northern Division after falling it its first six conference matches, a half-match behind sixth place Delaware State. First-year head coach Shaun Kupferburg leads a Howard-team with just three combined seniors and juniors and eight underclassmen.

The Bison are led by sophomore outside hitter Meagan Lagerlef, who has 126 kills, 16 aces and 97 digs. Sophomore setter/outside hitter combo Stephanie Shultis stands with 75 kills, 312 assists and 14 blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Assata Conway leads Howard with 27 blocks, adding 101 kills.

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 138-43 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 29 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 Hawks have played five matches at home this season to keep the streak alive. In addition, the Hawks have not lost a home MEAC match since 2006, winning all 31 conference matches since 2007.

......AND LONGEST ACTIVE MEAC WINNING STREAK
After a perfect MEAC regular season in 2011, UMES holds the longest conference winning streak at 19 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 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.