HAWK TALK
Mark Robertson led the men's basketball team to an exhibition victory on Friday night
Mark Robertson led the men's basketball team to an exhibition victory on Friday night

Nov. 9, 2009

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The busy season continues for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department as the men's basketball team held an exhibition game, the bowlers traveled to Hampton and the volleyball team hosted two matches.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The men's basketball team coasted to a 91-38 exhibition victory over Division III Stevenson University in front of 1,731 at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center on Saturday night.

Redshirt freshman Mark Robertson (Lakewood, N.J.) recorded 22 points, 17 of which were in the second half, and five steals, both game-highs, in his first game in a Hawk uniform. He finished the game four-for-five from the 3-point range and 9-for-10 in field goals in 32 minutes of play.

Four other Hawks scored in double digits as redshirt sophomore Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) scored 14, juniors Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) and Jamal Edwards (Mays Landing, N.J.) both had 11 while sophomore Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) chipped in 10.

In addition to his 11 points, Obame Obame blocked two shots and had five rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Junior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a game-high eight assists while also producing nine points. Freshman Sean Berry (Irvington, N.J.) grabbed eight rebounds to lead both teams.

BOWLING

The bowling team posted a 9-1 mark in the first MEAC event of the season. The Northern Division match-up pitted the Lady Hawks against their rivals from the region, including two ranked squads in no. 6 Delaware State and no. 15 Morgan State. UMES had just one hiccup against the field in a 1024-961 loss in team games to Delaware State on the Saturday, the first day of competition.

Other than that, UMES cruised to wins over Howard (1028-848), Coppin State (1066-807), MSU (996-917) and Hampton (1099-1032) in team games. Nine of the 10 Hawks on the roster saw action and combined they posted 15 games of 200 or more. Junior Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) tallied four of those games herself in five tries, for a pin fall of 1,100 and an average of 220.

Juniors Katherine Brown (Level Green, Pa.) and Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.) both tallied three games over the two century mark with Brown posting an 887 pin fall in four games and the highest average of the team with a 221.75. Frahm tallied a 637 in three games with a 212.3 average.

Sophomore Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) tallied two games over 200 and posted a 630 pin fall in three games with a 210 average. Redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Young also bowled well with one 200 plus game plus a 608 pin fall and an average of 202.67.

In baker games, UMES went a perfect 5-0, avenging their loss to Delaware State 736-701 while also topping the remaining four MEAC teams.

CROSS COUNTRY

The men's and women's cross country teams were off this past week in order to prepare for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals.

VOLLEYBALL

Sophomore Christine Edwards (Lakewood, Calif.) recorded 10 kills and a match-high tying seven service aces as UMES defeated Coppin State 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-17) at the Hytche Center Friday.

The win improved the Hawks to 20-6 overall (9-0 MEAC) and assures UMES of their third consecutive 20-win season under head coach Don Metil.

The Hawks outhit Coppin State .436-.069 and tied a season-high with 17 service aces, a feat UMES first accomplished Oct. 23 at Howard.

Seniors Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md.) and Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif.) tallied nine and seven kills, respectively. Three Hawks had eight digs apiece as UMES led CSU, 33-25. Freshman Karin Vikterlof (Orebro, Sweden), sophomore Rebecca Prado (Annandale, N.J.) and Woodward had eight digs each to lead the team.

Redshirt junior Samantha Chukwura (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had three of the Hawks seven block assists as UMES totaled 3.5 total blocks. Freshman Bella Jade Romero (Arlington, Texas) had 21 of the team's 38 assists.

On Sunday, Edwards and Johnson each finished with double-digit kills as the Hawks completed an undefeated season in the MEAC with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18) win over Howard at the Hytche.

Edwards tallied 12 kills, four aces and three digs while Johnson had 10 kills, two aces and a block solo, helping UMES (21-6, 10-0) to their 12th consecutive victory.

Senior Thonya Joseph (Bridgetown, Barbados) recorded a match-high .636 hitting percentage with seven kills. As a team, UMES outhit Howard, .372-.148. The Hawks tallied 16 aces to just one for the Bison. Woodward led all players with five aces. She also had seven kills, six assists and two digs.

Romero had 27 of the Hawks' 36 assists to go along with four digs and an ace.

UPCOMING WEEK (Nov. 10-16)

Men's basketball opens regular season play on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in a match-up against the Stony Brook Seawolves at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Women's basketball hosts an exhibition game against Salisbury University on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. They then travel to Baltimore, Md. on Sunday, Nov. 15 to begin their regular season in a 1 p.m. match against the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The bowling team travels to Dover, Del. to bowl against the MEAC Northern Division on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, with both days starting at noon.

The men's and women's cross country teams host the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 14. The men's race begins at noon and the women run at 1:15 p.m. and there will be 72 teams on campus.

Volleyball returns to action Saturday, Nov. 14 to host North Carolina Central at 4:30 p.m. for Senior Day.

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