UMES SET FOR ROAD REMATCHES AGAINST BALTIMORE MEAC FOES
Ndidi Ibe had 10 kills and six blocks in UMES's last match against Coppin State.

Ndidi Ibe had 10 kills and six blocks in UMES's last match against Coppin State.

Oct. 31, 2012

Game Notes - UMES @ Morgan State, Coppin State

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The Hawks will look to protect the top place in the MEAC North with a couple of road matches against their in-state conference rivals. UMES will play Morgan State on Friday, November 2nd at 7 p.m at Hill Field House and Coppin State on Sunday, November 4th at 3 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex, the site of the MEAC Tournament.

UMES is undefeated in conference play with an 8-0 MEAC record and 22-4 overall standing. Into Friday, Morgan State is in fifth in the Northern Division at 3-6 in-conference and 4-19 overall, while Coppin State is one place higher in the division at 4-4 in the MEAC and 9-11 this season.

UMES ENDS HOME SLATE WITH 3-0 WIN VS. HOWARD
Hitting a season-best .429 in the match, the Hawks concluded their home season with a shutout victory over Howard on Senior Day for eighth victory in a row in MEAC play this season.

Two Hawks earned milestone achievements in the third set: Maline Vaitai earned her 1,000th kill in her UMES career, while Jessie Vicic became the all-time assists leader in school history. Vaitai finished with 15 kills and five digs, while Vicic had 41 assists and three aces. Saitaua Iosia had a double double with 14 kills and 10 digs.

VAITAI JOINS THE 1,000-KILL CLUB
With 15 kills in the final home match against Howard on October 26th, Maline Vaitai became a member of the 1,000-kill club with her 14th kill in the third set. The 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year had 407 kills as a freshman and 317 in 2011, currently standing with a team-high 277 this year. She is the third member of the UMES 1,000-kill club in the 25-point era, joining Whitney Johnson (1,225) and Caylin Woodward (1,132).

 

 

VICIC - UMES'S TOP ALL-TIME SETTER
Jessie Vicic, a All-MEAC Preseason Team member, is UMES's all-time leader in assists, standing with 2,238 in her collegiate career. She earned the top mark with her eighth assist in the third set vs. Howard on October 26th, finishing with 41 in the match. This season, Vicic has a MEAC-best 1,029 assists after getting 1,209 in 2011. Now second on the UMES all-time assists list is Christina Estebané, who earned 2,233 assists from 2007-08.

Ndidi Ibe - TOP UMES BLOCKER OF ALL-TIME
With six blocks against Norfolk State on October 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 325 blocks in her collegiate career, including 219 with UMES and 106 with Navy.

HAWKS SECOND IN D-I IN ACES, ACES PER SET
With 206 aces in 97 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 0.76 aces per set, totaling 44 in 58 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 .253 hitting percentage, standing over 30 percentage points above second place Florida A&M at .220. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa is second in the MEAC by hitting .332, with Ndidi Ibe at fourth with .314. Two other UMES players are in the top-ten: Saitaua Iosia is fifth at .280 and at tenth is Victoria Williams at .244.

...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .165, over 30 percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .196. UMES averages 2.01 per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.09 per set, the top mark in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 194.5.

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 seven matches. The MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and four-time conference Player of the Week has a total of 106 kills, 20 aces and 48 digs in her last seven matches, totaling 250 kills with a .280 hitting percentage in 16 matches, adding 44 aces and 146 digs this season.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Morgan State comes into the weekend in fifth place in the MEAC North after falling in its last three conference matches on the road. The Bears are led by freshman outside hitter Arianna Hayden, who stands with 195 kills and 30 blocks. Junior middle blocker Janelle Wilson sports an MSU-best 62 blocks, hitting .234 with 128 kills.

After a 2-0 MEAC start, Coppin State has dropped four of its last six conference matches to stand in fourth in the MEAC North. Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Richard leads the Eagles with 238 kills, adding 22 aces and 118 digs. Second in the MEAC with 317 digs is sophomore libero Gabrielle Otero, who also has 20 aces.

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 139-43 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 30 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 32 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 20 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.