Team captain Maline Vaitai leads the Hawks in search of securing the 1-seed in the MEAC Tournament.
Nov. 8, 2012
Game Notes - UMES @ Norfolk State, Hampton
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NORFOLK, Va. -- The Hawks are a win away from securing the 1-seed from the MEAC North for the sixth straight season and will play a pair of matches in Virginia this weekend. UMES takes on Norfolk State on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Hampton for a Sunday match at 3 p.m.
UMES, which has clinched at least a share of the MEAC Northern Division championship, is undefeated in conference play at 10-0 and 24-4 overall. Norfolk State is in second place in the North with a 8-2 MEAC standing and 12-18 overall tally, while Hampton at 7-3 in the MEAC and 16-13 overall is third in the division.
HAWKS TAKE DOWN BALTIMORE MEAC RIVALS
Going across the Bay Bridge, UMES won a pair of matches in Baltimore, against Morgan State in four and Coppin State and three to stay unblemished in conference play and increase their winning streak to a season-high 10 matches.
Ndidi Ibe hit .421 with 21 kills and just five attack errors, adding seven blocks. Victoria Williams also had 21 kills, hitting .441 with five blocks. Saitaua Iosia led UMES with a combined 27 kills, four aces and 18 digs, while Maline Vaitai earned 19 kills and 15 digs.
VAITAI JOINS THE 1,000-KILL CLUB
VICIC - UMES'S TOP ALL-TIME SETTER
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, standing with a team-high 296 this year for 1,020 in her career. 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).
, an All-MEAC Preseason Team member, is UMES's all-time leader in assists, standing with 2,320 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 1,111 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.
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 332 blocks in her collegiate career, including 226 with UMES and 106 with Navy.
HAWKS SECOND IN D-I IN ACES, ACES PER SET
With 221 aces in 104 sets, the Hawks lead the MEAC and stand second in D-I in aces per set, averaging 2.13 aces per game. Saitaua Iosia is the MEAC leader with 0.74 aces per set, totaling 48 in 65 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 .252 hitting percentage, almost 30 percentage points above second place Florida A&M at .223. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa is second in the MEAC by hitting .332, with Ndidi Ibe at fourth with .322. Two other UMES players are in the top-eight: Saitaua Iosia is sixth at .270 and at eighth is Victoria Williams at .257.
...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .164, over 30 percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .195. UMES averages 1.97 blocks per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.09 per set, the second-best mark in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 204.5.
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 eight straight matches until Sunday. The MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and four-time conference Player of the Week has a total of 133 kills, 24 aces and 66 digs in her last seven matches, totaling 277 kills with a .270 hitting percentage in 18 matches, adding 48 aces and 164 digs this season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Norfolk State is entering Friday with a six-match winning streak, including five MEAC North victories, last having fallen to UMES on October 14th. Senior outside hitter Charlotte Armstead is hitting .236 with 337 kills and 54 blocks. Fellow senior outside Beatriz Ferreira has 201 kills and 18 aces, while 6-2 junior middle blocker Goda Jankauskaite has a team-high 75 blocks, adding 158 kills.
Hampton has won its last three matches in shut out fashion to secure a MEAC Tournament berth. The Pirates are led by a pair of sophomore outside hitters: Krista Kraskura has a Hampton-best 356 kills and 314 digs, while Vendula Strakova has 319 kills and a team-best 35 aces. Senior middle blocker Mariah Baylor has 107 blocks, adding 104 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 141-43 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 22 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.