NDIDI IBE AND JESSIE VICIC NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-MEAC
Nov. 15, 2012
The selections were voted on by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.
Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) and Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) led UMES to a sixth straight MEAC Northern Division regular season title, going 11-1 in-conference play and 25-5 overall record going into the conference tournament. In addition, they helped UMES win three regular season invitiationals: the SFC Terrier Invitational, the WVU Golden Horseshoe Challenge and the ASU Invitational.
Ibe earns her first all-conference selection in her senior season after becoming the first MEAC player this season to earn triple digit kills and blocks. She finished fourth in the MEAC with a .326 hitting percentage and second in blocks per set with 1.07 per game. Tallying 254 kills, 24 service aces and 121 total blocks, Ibe became UMES's all-time blocks leader this season, currently standing with 234 blocks in her career with the Hawks. She earned MEAC Player of the Week for the period ending October 8th after hitting .643 in a match against Coppin State, earning 10 kills and six blocks.
Vicic is named the First Team All-MEAC setter for the second season in a row after earning 1,206 assists in 2012, the most in the conference. A Preseason All-MEAC selection, she averaged a MEAC-best 10.67 assists per set, adding 28 service aces, 237 digs and 46 blocks. This season Vicic became UMES's all-time leader in assists, passing Estebané for the top mark during the final home match against Howard. She currently has 2,415 assists in her UMES career.
Desire Waller of South Carolina State was named the MEAC Player of the Year for the second straight season, while Christine Anthony of North Carolina Central got conference Rookie of the Year. Florida A&M's Tony Trifonov was named MEAC Coach of the Year.
The rest of the First Team includes, Waller, Anthony, outside hitter Krista Kraskura of Hampton and North Carolina A&T libero Ashley Johnson.
Ibe, Vicic and the Hawks will head to Baltimore to play their first match of the MEAC Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.