YOUNG LADY HAWKS LOOK TO BUILD FROM 2013 SEASON
Nov. 25, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On Nov. 10th, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team ended their 2013 campaign against the eventual 2013 Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) Champions, Hampton University, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The team finished the season 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC).
UMES had numerous highlights during the 2013 season, including extraordinary team & individual performances and multiple Lady Hawks earning MEAC honors. Among the several highlights included UMES picking up their first victory of the season against Bethune-Cookman University at the Norfolk State University Spartan Invitational (9/14/13). The Lady Hawks swept the Wildcats, 3-0, which Bethune-Cookman finished the season third in the MEAC South Division.
On Sept. 27th, another highlight was the team defeating Delaware State University (DSU), 3-1, to pick up their first conference win of the season and extended their home-winning streak to 31 matches, the longest in the nation at the time. In the process, the Lady Hawks also picked up their 35th consecutive regular-season home-match victory against conference opponents, dating back to 2006.
In the rematch against the Hornets (10/20/13), UMES erased a 2-1 match deficit to comeback and defeat Delaware State in five sets, 3-2, and swept the season series against the Hornets. Delaware State led late in the fourth set, 20-16, and on the verge of taking the match. With the match on the line, the resilient Lady Hawks refused to give up and came back to win the fourth set, 25-21, and then sealed the comeback in the fifth set, 16-14.
Lone senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) played her final collegiate season for the Lady Hawks, which became a memorable one. This season, Li earned two All-Tournament Team honors while setting new career-highs, including 39 digs against conference rival, Morgan State (10/31/13). The two-time MEAC Champion finished second in the MEAC, averaging 4.58 digs-per-set. On Nov. 14th, Li earned two MEAC honors: All-Academic & All-MEAC Third Team.
Li ended her collegiate career playing in 371 sets (108 matches) with 951 digs, 82 assists, eight kills, and seven aces.
UMES brings back 11 players, including setter Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA). Rosales played in 82 sets and recorded 509 assists, 113 digs, 48 kills, and 13 service aces. Rosales finished ninth in the conference, averaging 6.21 assists-per-set, and named MEAC Player of the Week once.
This season, outside hitter Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) tallied 70 digs, 21 blocks, and a team-leading 174 kills. Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) posted 44 blocks (two solo) and 118 kills, which was third on the team. Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA) recorded 74 kills and 40 blocks (three solo), third-most this season, while Alesandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) produced 47 kills and 75 digs. Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) registered 115 kills, 71 digs, and 19 blocks (one solo) in her first season as a Hawk.
Middle Blocker Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) finished second on the team in kills (149) and registered a team-high 54 blocks (three solo). Amanda Hanson (Phoenix, AZ) had a season-ending injury, which cut her season short, but Hanson finished the 2013 season with 16 kills, 10 digs, and four blocks.
Similar to Hanson, setter Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) saw her season cut short as well. Early in the season, Jerabkova won numerous honors, including All-Tournament Teams and MEAC honors. Jerabkova tallied 117 assists, 62 digs, and 55 kills. Precious Manu (Carson, CA) recorded 107 digs, 39 assists, and 20 service aces, second-highest on the team this season.
Defensive Specialist Allison Woods (Magnolia, TX) led the team in service aces (21) while registering 108 digs, which was third on the team.
The young Lady Hawks look to learn and build from the 2013 season and return back to their winning ways during the 2014 season.
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