UMES HEADS TO NEBRASKA FOR NCAA FIRST ROUND
UMES will compete in its second-ever NCAA Tournament starting on Thursday.

UMES will compete in its second-ever NCAA Tournament starting on Thursday.

Nov. 28, 2012

Game Notes - UMES @ Nebraska, NCAA Tournament | NCAA Tournament Central - Nebraska Campus Site

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Playing in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament, the Hawks will take on the Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska at the NU Coliseum for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, November 29th at 8 p.m. Eastern Time

UMES, the MEAC champion, comes in at 28-5 overall with an 11-1 conference finish. Nebraska, the 4-seed after tying for second in the Big Ten, is 23-6 this season and 15-5 in-conference. The two schools will meet for the first time on Thursday.

Fans that have a TV service provider that includes the Big Ten Network may watch the match online on BTN2Go.com or locally in Nebraska on Nebraska Public Television (NET). The Hawks Radio Network will also carry the match live for free.

HAWKS REPEAT AS MEAC CHAMPIONS
UMES defeated Florida A&M in five sets to secure its second straight MEAC title, earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament. UMES took the first two sets, but Florida A&M got the next pair to force a fifth set tiebreaker. The Hawks used an early 4-0 run to go up 5-1, but FAMU got to within one 6-5. UMES rebuilt its lead to four at 10-6, and again the Rattlers pulled within one 12-11. UMES won three of the final four points to win 15-12 for the title, securing it on Saitaua Iosia's 25th kill.

Iosia earned MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer with 60 kills and 10 aces in the three matches. Victoria Williams was named All-Tournament Team, hitting .513 with 48 kills.

 

 

IBE AND VICIC EARN FIRST TEAM ALL-MEAC HONORS
Middle blocker Ndidi Ibe and setter Jessie Vicic were recognized as First Team All-MEAC honorees. 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. Vicic is named the First Team All-MEAC setter for the second season in a row after earning 1,206 assists going into the MEAC tournament, the most in the conference.

VAITAI JOINS THE 1,000-KILL CLUB
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 349 this year for 1,073 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).

VICIC - UMES'S TOP ALL-TIME SETTER
Jessie Vicic, a All-MEAC Preseason Team member, is UMES's all-time leader in assists, standing with 2,574 in her collegiate career. She earned the top mark with her eighth assist in the third set vs. Howard on October 26th, fi nishing with 41 in the match. This season, Vicic has a MEAC-best 1,365 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 350 blocks in her collegiate career, including 244 with UMES and 106 with Navy.

HAWKS SECOND IN D-I IN ACES, ACES PER SET
With 256 aces in 126 sets, the Hawks lead the MEAC and stand second in D-I in aces per set, averaging 2.03 aces per game. Saitaua Iosia is the MEAC leader with 0.71 aces per set, totaling 62 in 87 games. 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 .260 hitting percentage, over 30 percentage points above second place Florida A&M at .229. Ndidi Ibe stands third in the MEAC with a .319 hitting percentage to lead the Hawks. Victoria Williams and Saitaua Iosia finished tied for fourth in hitting percentage at .286, with the former earning 291 kills in 126 sets, and the ladder getting 376 kills in 87 sets.

...AND THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE
The Hawks have allowed opponents to hit just .183, almost 15 percentage points ahead of second place Coppin State at .197. UMES averages 1.87 blocks per set, second in the MEAC, led by Ndidi Ibe's 1.02 per set, the second-best mark in the conference. UMES leads the conference in total blocks with 236, with Ibe earning 129 and Victoria Williams having 83.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Nebraska was selected as the 4-seed and will serve as a campus site for the first two rounds. The winner of UMES-Nebraska will take on the victor of Kansas State-Northern Iowa. The two winners will play at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on Friday for a berth in the NCAA regional round in Omaha.

The Cornhuskers won five of their last six matches to finish second in the Big Ten behind Penn State. Nebraska is led by senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso, who hit .276 with a team-best 377 kills and 31 service aces. Fellow senior outside hitter Hannah Werth leads the Huskers with 338 digs, adding 321 kills. In the middle stand two players with triple digit kills and blocks: freshman Meghan Haggerty is hitting .348 with 204 kills and 104 blocks, while junior Hayley Thramer has a team-best 130 blocks with 178 kills. Senior Lauren Cook is the primary setter, sporting 1,214 assists, 25 aces, 82 kills and 313 digs.

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 13 of her last four matches, including a 25-kill match against Florida A&M. The MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and four-time conference Player of the Week has a total of 376 kills, averaging 4.32 a set, with a .286 hitting percentage in 23 matches, adding 62 aces and 219 digs this season.

ASU TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
Going 4-0 in Montgomery, Alabama, the Hawks are the ASU Tournament champions after defeating North Texas and Alabama State on Friday, then Troy and Jackson State on Saturday. Victoria Williams earned 19 kills vs. 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 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.

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 145-44 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.

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.

LAST TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Last season, the Hawks played in their first-ever NCAA Tournament, drawing 9-seed UCLA in Los Angeles for their first round opponent. UMES fell to the eventual national champion UCLA in three sets 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 at the John Wooden Center. Saitaua Iosia led UMES with four kills, adding an ace, three digs and a pair of blocks. Kaveinga Lea'Aetoa also had two blocks, adding three kills and a trio of digs, while team captain Zoe Bowens had three kills and three digs. The Bruins were led by Rachael Kidder, who finished with 11 kills and three blocks. Tabi Love hit .538 with eight kills on just one error.

2011 IN REVIEW
UMES had its best year in school history in 2011, earning its first-ever MEAC Championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 24-7 record. After earning a share of the championship in the Bryant and Brown Invitationals, following up with being the outright champion of the UMES Hawk Invitational, the Maroon and Gray won all 12 matches in the conference regular season to win MEAC Northern Division for the fifth-consecutive year. After victories over North Carolina Central and Hampton in the first two rounds of the MEAC Tournament, the Hawks defeated Florida A&M in the championship for the title. UMES earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, falling to 9-seed and eventual national champion UCLA in Los Angeles in the first round.