Sept. 11, 2008

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's volleyball team continued its season last week, as the only one of the University's teams in action.

For a complete recaps and results, visit www.umeshawks.com.


This week was turnaround time for the women's volleyball team. After posting a 1-2 record in the first weekend of competition, the Lady Hawks needed a big push in order to slip into the number one spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division.

UMES traveled to Baltimore, Md., for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Tournament this past weekend. UMES defeated the host Retrievers for the first time since 1986, 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 24-26, 15-11). The Hawks erased a 9-5 deficit in deciding fifth game for the victory. Junior Whitney Johnson led the Lady Hawks' attack with 25 kills, and freshman standout Christine Edwards contributed 19 kills and 9 digs. In the second day of competition, UMES fell to undefeated Duquesne, 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 17-25, 20-25). The Dukes dominated in total kills, service aces and digs during the match.

UMES' Edwards and sophomore Samantha Chukwura tied for the team-high in kills (14), and Edwards had 15 digs.

UMES closed out the weekend defeating Niagara University, 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-15). Edwards posted another double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs. Johnson and Edwards found the holes in the Purple Eagles' defense, putting down 16 kills apiece.

UMES setter Christina Estebané leads the team with 250 assists and is second in digs with 77. Defensive specialist Chanita Wesley leads the team with 79 digs.

UMES (3-3) hits the road to Buffalo, N.Y., facing Butler, Buffalo and Maine in the Ramada Invitational, starting Sept. 12.


The season-opening UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational scheduled to be a dual meet with the Hawks and Hampton Pirates last weekend was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The cancellation means that both the men's and women's country teams will begin defense of their MEAC championships at the Navy Invitational (men) and Salty Dog Invitational (women) in Annapolis, Md., Sept. 13.

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