HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (OCTOBER 28TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 3RD)
Dr. William P. Hytche (pictured) inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame in 2012
Dr. William P. Hytche (pictured) inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame in 2012

Nov. 4, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, men’s basketball annual game, women’s basketball season outlook, women’s bowling tournament opener, weekend results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and Walk With a Hawk.

Let’s jump right into it:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Friday (11/1), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men’s basketball team played their final rehearsal game before the regular-season in the annual Maroon & Gray game at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks suited 15 players and divided them among two teams.

The four assistant coaches, Kevin Jones, Marlon Terry, Curtis Peery, and Charles Fasnacht, teamed up in two pairs to coach the teams while UMES Men’s Basketball Head Coach Frankie Allen observed from the audience.

On Saturday (11/9), the men travel to New York City to face Columbia University. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UMES women’s basketball team looks to build off last season’s 8-20 (4-12 MEAC) record. UMES Women’s Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor brings back 11 players from last season, including senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY), junior Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA), and redshirt-sophomore Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA).

“We are looking to build a foundation,” said Batchelor. “Our team goal is to improve and build from last season while advancing in the (MEAC) tournament."

This Friday (11/8), the Lady Hawks host the University of South Carolina-Upstate at the Hytche Athletic Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

BOWLING

Last weekend (11/1 – 11/3), UMES women’s bowling team opened their 2013-14 campaign at the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a statement as the Hawks gave Kayla Bandy, UMES new Women’s Bowling Head Coach, a warm welcome by starting day one a perfect 4-0.

Last Wednesday (10/30), the athletic department announced Brunswick Bowling as their new official sponsor of the UMES Women’s Bowling, earning the distinction of “Official Ball of the UMES Hawks.”

“We are very excited to have such a great company behind us,” said Bandy. “The girls’ skill combined with Brunswick’s great product will help keep us bowling well.”

Brunswick, a bowling industry leader, will supply the team with bowling balls, bags, and an assortment of accessories for the 2013-14 season.

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

Last Monday (10/28), freshman Khalil Rmidi (Malaga, Spain) was named the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week, along with Rachel Halmon (Women’s XC), for his performance at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross-Country Championship. Rmidi earned sixth overall in the men’s 8k race with a 25:58.20 time and guided the team to fifth place in the event. This is Rmidi’s fifth time receiving this award.

In less than two weeks (11/15), the men’s cross-country team will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bethlehem, PA.

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

On Oct. 28th, freshman Rachel Halmon earned PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week, along with Rmidi (Men’s XC), for her efforts at the MEAC Cross-Country Championship. Halmon was the top women’s finisher for the Hawks as she posted a 19:29.80 mark in the 5k race. This is Halmon’s third time receiving this honor.

On Nov. 15th, UMES women’s cross-country team will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, held in Bethlehem, PA.

VOLLEYBALL

On Halloween (10/31), UMES volleyball team fell to Morgan State University in four sets, 3-1, after returning home from a six-match road trip.

In the match, 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.

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.

Yesterday (11/3), UMES lost in straight sets, 3-0, to Coppin State and were eliminated from MEAC postseason play.

In the contest, Lewis was the lone Hawk to post double-digit kills (10) while producing a .296 hitting percentage. Rosales recorded her second consecutive 30+ assist performance (30), eighth overall this season. Li registered a team-high 13 digs in a losing effort.

Other notable UMES performances included Manolova recording five digs and two kills while Berry added six kills, two digs, and a block. Sophomore Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) tallied eight kills, an assist, and a .217 hitting percentage in the loss.

The Lady Hawks are scheduled to play their final two regular-season matches at home versus Norfolk State (11/7) and Hampton (11/10). Match times are 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.

GENERAL

2013-14 MEDIA RELATIONS & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS STAFF

On Oct. 28th, UMES athletic department announced its 2013-14 media relations and external affairs staff, led by G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs. The staff brings back four returners while adding three new additions to the Hawk Family. This season’s staff includes Derek W. Bryant, Bret Lasky, Matt McCann, Doug Newton, Tyler Schmitz, Airis Thomas, and David Whigham.

“It’s a great staff,” said Bradley. “I am excited about what we can accomplish this season and I look forward to working with all of these great people.”

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

Last week’s Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray segment featured former UMES President, Dr. Wiliam P. Hytche. Dr. Hytche helped shape UMES and Hawk Athletics as it is today. Dr. Hytche spent 36 years working for the University and 21 as its top administrator. In 2012, Dr. Hytche was inducted into the UMES Athletics Hall of Fame.

The spotlight on Hytche begins UMES’ countdown to the 2014 Hall of Fame induction on February 14, 2014. He is the one of 50 UMES Hall of Famers to be highlighted over the next three months.

UMES HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

UMES Athletic Department is now accepting applications for UMES Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. The inductions of the 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be affiliated with the University's Homecoming, held the week of February 10, 2014 with the actual induction taking place on February 14, 2014.

Nominations are due back to the Athletic Department by December 9, 2013 and the class will be announced in early 2014. Nomination forms can be located on and filled out online at the UMES Official Athletic website, www.umeshawks.com or by calling 410-651-6496 to have one sent directly via mail or e-mail.

WALK WITH A HAWK

Last week’s Walk With A Hawk featured UMES women’s bowler, Megan Buja. In 2010, Buja had the next few years planned after choosing UMES because of its physician’s assistant major and bowling program; however, Buja faced an early dilemma.

Just two months into her freshman year, Buja’s major was dropped and she had to choose whether to stay or transfer from UMES. Buja stayed and three years later, she has captured four more national championships. To read more about Buja, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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