LADY HAWKS LOOK TO REBOUND AGAINST EAGLES
Senior Jingqiao Li (pictured) attempting a dig

Senior Jingqiao Li (pictured) attempting a dig

Nov. 2, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team looks to rebound against Coppin State after Thursday night’s defeat to Morgan State. Tomorrow continues the four-match home-stand with only two matches remaining in the regular season after Sunday’s contest.

LAST MATCH

In the first set, both teams would be tied, 25-25, until the Lady Hawks scored the final two points to win the set, 27-25, and take an early 1-0 lead in the match. In set number two, the Lady Bears would end on a 5-2 run to win, 25-20, and tie the match, 1-1. In the third set, Morgan State’s deficit would be too great to overcome as the Lady Hawks would fall, 25-19, and the Lady Bears would take the lead in the match, 2-1. In the fourth set, Morgan State clinched the set, 25-13, and match, 3-1.

TOP PERFORMERS

Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) posted 12 kills, three blocks (one solo), and led the team in hitting percentage (.216) while Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) registered 11 kills, five digs, and a service ace. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) returned to form as she posted her seventh 30+ assist performance this season (35). Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) set a new career-high as she tallied 39 digs, the most by any player in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) so far this season. In her efforts, Li is the last UMES player to record a 30+ dig performance since Leah Amundson back in 2007 (32).

Other notable Hawk performances included Precious Manu (Carson, CA) posting a match-high three service aces along with three digs. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) recorded six kills, two blocks (one solo), and a service ace. Aleksandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) tallied five kills, eight digs, and two blocks while Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA) finished the match with three kills and a dig.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

UMES enters Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Eagles 3-18 overall (2-7 MEAC) whereas Coppin State comes in 10-15 (6-4 MEAC), including last night’s sweep over Delaware State. In the MEAC North Division, the Lady Hawks maintained the six spot while the Eagles jumped to fourth place, leap-frogging Norfolk State for the final spot in the MEAC Tournament.

On Sunday, Oct. 6th, the Eagles swept UMES, 3-0, back in Baltimore. Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) led the Hawk attack with nine kills. Rosales paced the team with 34 helpers while Li had a team-high 15 digs in the loss.

For Coppin State, two Eagles recorded double-digit kills, led by Nicole Malave (14). Chelsee Sauni had a match-high 38 assists and two players registered double-digit digs, led by Gabrielle Otero (17).

Since then, the Eagles are among the best offensive teams in the MEAC. Coppin State is third in the conference averaging a .181 hitting percentage, led by their duo, Kandace Thomas and Kendra Ireigbe. Both, Thomas and Ireigbe, are among the leaders in hitting percentage this season. Currently, Thomas ranks fourth (.287) while Ireigbe sits ninth (.244).

On the other hand, the Lady Hawks are among the leaders in defensive categories. As of today, UMES is third in the conference averaging 12.72 digs per set, led by Li. Li remains second in the MEAC with 4.57 digs per set, trailing only Florida A&M’s Joanie Del Castillo (4.86). In the assist per set category, Rosales is among the leaders as she is ninth (6.08).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After Sunday’s match, the Lady Hawks will play their final two regular-season matches against Norfolk State (11/7) and Hampton (11/10). Match times are 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.

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