UMES LOOKS TO CLOSE SPARTANS' POSTSEASON HOPES
Nov. 6, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team looks to stop a three-match sked by ending Norfolk State's Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) postseason hopes at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tomorrow's match is the third of a four-match home-stand. Match time is 7:00 p.m.
The Lady Hawks lost in straight sets, 3-0, to Coppin State University. In the first set, UMES scored the first point of the match, but the Eagles would gain momentum and score the final 14 out of 22 points to take the set, 25-16, and lead the match, 1-0. In set number two, Coppin State would rally to score the final seven points in the set, 26-24, and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Eagles ended the set on a 10-3 run to win the set, 25-11, and match, 3-0.
Sophomore Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) was the lone Hawk to post double-digit kills (10) while tallying six digs and a .296 hitting percentage. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) recorded back-to-back 30+ assist performances (30), eighth overall this season. In her efforts, Rosales earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors. Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) registered a team-high 13 digs in a losing effort.
Other notable Hawk performances included Aleksandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) recording five digs and two kills whereas Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) added six kills, two digs, and a block. Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) tallied eight kills, an assist, and a .217 hitting percentage in the loss.
For Thursday night's showdown, the Lady Hawks enter 3-19 overall (2-8 MEAC) while the Spartans come in 9-17 overall (5-5 MEAC), including last night's loss to American University, 3-0. As of today, UMES sits sixth in the MEAC North and eliminated from postseason contention. On the other hand, Norfolk State is fifth and looks to get one of the top four spots in the division with only one conference match remaining against Delaware State. A loss for the Spartans would end any hopes of making the MEAC Tournament.
These two MEAC North Division rivals have met twice this season, both in Norfolk. The Spartans won both matches, including a tough win, 3-2, over UMES back on Oct. 18th.
In that match, the Lady Hawks produced two players with double-digit kills: Berry (12) and Smith (10). Rosales recorded a team-high 38 helpers while Li posted a match-high 22 digs in the loss.
For Norfolk State, four Spartans registered double-digit kills, led by Janay Frazier (16). Darcy Moore tallied a match-high 50 assists whereas four Norfolk State players had double-digit kills, including a team-high 15 from Noelle Eagles.
Right now, the Spartans are among the conference leaders in two team categories: assist-per-set and kills-per-set. Senior Goda Jankauskaite leads Norfolk State and ranks top-10 in two MEAC groups: kills and points. Currently, Moore is fourth in the assist category, averaging 9.29 assists-per-set.
For the Lady Hawks, Rosales remains ninth in the MEAC with 6.23 assists-per-set. Li continues to be among the conference leaders in digs, averaging 4.56 digs-per-set.
After Thursday's match, UMES will host their final match of the 2013 season as they face the Lady Pirates of Hampton University. Prior to the contest, Li will be honored as this season's lone senior. Match time is 3:00 p.m.
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