HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Karona Roach (pictured) buried the game-winning three to defeat ECSU in the Hawks' home opener
Karona Roach (pictured) buried the game-winning three to defeat ECSU in the Hawks' home opener

Nov. 19, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –The past few weeks have been a successful period for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program and this week proved to be no different. A total of four teams saw action and the group totaled a 15-7 overall record with two championships. The volleyball team won its second consecutive MEAC title, while the bowling team won the Hawk Classic and women’s basketball upended Elizabeth City State at home.

Let’s take at the action from this past week:

BOWLING

The bowling team went 11-2 this past weekend as the women won the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. The victory was the second-ever Hawk Classic title for the bowling team and first since 2010.

The team used a balanced approach at the tournament, where the Hawks won first-place despite not having one player in the top-5. This year’s tourney saw 13 of the top-20 teams in the nation participate. It was their effort from each of their top-5 bowlers that proved to be the difference.

UMES began the tournament with several big wins on day one, including the opener against No. 12 Kutztown and later on against No. 13 New Jersey City. The Hawks saw freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) average a score of 217.2 on day two as the group went 5-0 in team play. Senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) posted the highest single game score of the event when she bowled a 279 in UMES’ win over No. 10 Stephen F. Austin.

The Hawks continued the strong play into Sunday as they finished 2-1 on the day, including the championship game victory over No. 6 Central Missouri. UMES fell to UCM to begin the day, before they registered a solid win over No. 5 Vanderbilt. The championship game saw UMES bowl four strikes in game seven to win the match over UCM, 4-3.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team went 0-4 this past week.

UMES began the week with a 62-49 loss against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the final game of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, before coming to the mainland and playing three games in Florida.

The Hawks began the USF Invitational with a 78-59 loss to South Florida on Friday, where junior Ron Spencer (Sicklerville, N.J.) had 14 points and junior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.), had 13 of his own. The pair each brought down seven boards apiece in the loss. UMES would lose 68-51 to Western Michigan on Saturday as the squad shot just 19-of-54 from the floor. UME had three players notch double-digit point totals and sophomore Ishaq Pitt (Toronto, Canada) had a team-high five assists.

The Hawks concluded last week with a 62-46 loss to Loyola-Chicago. Despite leading 21-19 at the half, the Hawks were outscored 41-27 in the second-half  to lose their sixth consecutive game to open the year. Snyder was the top Hawk performer with 13 points and six rebounds behind a 5-for-11 performance from the floor.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks played in a pair of games last week, where they finished with a 1-1 record.

UMES began the year with a 64-38 loss at George Mason, where sophomore Jessica Long (Ft. Washington, Md.) notched a team-high 12 points and sophomore Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) had nine rebounds. The Hawks were benefitted by a near 40-percent clip from long range in the first-half, but were unable to tame the Patriots late in the game.

The maroon and gray rebounded with a 66-62 win in its home opener against Elizabeth City State. The Hawks evened their record on the year as freshman Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Udoji also had four blocks, while senior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) used a 5-for-10 effort from the floor to notch 17 points. She buried the game-winning three-pointer for UMES with 24 seconds remaining and had a game-high six steals as well.

VOLLEYBALL

UMES captured its second consecutive MEAC title as the women went 3-0 at the MEAC Tournament this past week.

The Hawks opened with a 3-0 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Friday. The team was led by sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.), who notched 14 kills and six digs. Sophomore Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif,) had 10 kills, while sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) had 39 assists.

UMES would go on to knock Hampton out of the tournament in the next round as the women rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Pirates in five sets. The team used 44 combined kills behind Williams and Iosia to move into the championship game. Williams tallied a game-high 23 and Iosia notched the first of two double-double games in the tournament with 21 kills and 15 digs. Vicic provided a tourney-high 63 assists.

In the championship game, UMES knocked off Florida A&M for the second consecutive year. The Hawks won the match 3-2 and used some late game heroics to seal the victory. The team was paced by Iosia’s 25 kills and 11 digs, while three UMES players had double-digit kill totals.

PECKS …

  • Iosia and Ramirez were named the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week this past week
  • The spotlight student-athlete for UMES in its newest column, A Walk with a Hawk …, was Ramirez
  • Former UMES coach, Vernon “Skip” McCain, received the 2012 Trailblazer Award by the AFCA
  • Ndidi Ibe and Vicic were named to the All-MEAC First Team for volleyball
  • Six players were named to the All-MEAC Volleyball Academic Team
  • Udoji was named MEAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

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