HAWK TALK, Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Oct. 2, 2006

By Chevonne Mansfield
UMES Sports Information

Week in Review (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1)

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Department of Athletics announced the date for Public Address Announcer tryouts while women's volleyball went 3-1 in four matches last week. The Athletics Department also announced the return of the dunk contest and 3-point shootout to this year's Midnight Madness Celebration.

The UMES Athletics Department announced last week that it will hold open tryouts for its next Public Address Announcer on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 from 7-9pm.

The position, responsible for hosting the campus's home basketball games, has been a successful one in the past. Previously, Patrick K. Doughty, the current Public Address Announcer for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and Randy Scott, now the Play-by-Play announcer for the Delmarva Shorebirds, have both held the position.

Doughty, a native of nearby Pocomoke City, Md., held the post from 2000-2004 before leaving it to become the voice of the Bobcats. "It was a great learning experience for me," he said. "I honed my craft at UMES and I have no doubt that it helped mold me into the person who became the voice of the Charlotte Bobcats. I am forever grateful for the time I spent with Hawk Basketball"

Scott was also positive about his experience. "UMES gave me great opportunity and I was able to learn a lot. Applying that knowledge to other jobs I have had in sports, including my current position with the Delmarva Shorebirds have made me successful in those positions," Scott said. He held the position for one season in 2004-2005 and still serves the Department as a play-by-play announcer on some games.

The UMES Public Address Announcer position reads announcements during, before and after games at UMES home events as well as calls the action throughout the game, giving the fans information on who scored, who committed the foul or what an official's ruling may have been.

"The P.A. Announcer position is a very important one to us at UMES. It keep the games flowing, the crowd informed and the event entertaining," said Keith Davidson UMES Acting Director of Athletics. "We hope to find some of Delmarva's hidden talents with this search," he continued.

Interested persons should report to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on the campus of UMES on October 3, 2006 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Sample scripts will be provided as well as the opportunity to call basketball action. No experience is needed, but a knowledge or love of basketball is preferred. UMES students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community are encouraged to try-out for this paid position.

Questions should be directed to G. Stan Bradley, Asst. Director of Athletics at 410-651-6499.

Earlier in the week, UMES also announced that two fan favorites, the Slam Dunk Contest and the 3-Point Shootout, will return this year to Midnight Madness. Both contests are open to the community and the campus.

The contests, both thrilling events for the fans, will make their return to Midnight Madness after a one-year hiatus from the event. All interested parties should report to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on the campus of UMES on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 between 7 and 9 pm. Contestants will be judged in the Slam-Dunk Contest and scores will be counted in the 3-Point Shootout. Four finalists in each event will be contacted the following day and invited to the finals at Midnight Madness.

Midnight Madness will be held October 13, 2006 beginning at 7 pm at UMES. It is the annual kick-off the college basketball season and the team's first official practice of the new year. The event features events, games, contests, performances, a live D.J. and, of course, introductions and scrimmages by the two UMES basketball teams.

All participants must be 18 years of age, with a valid I.D, should show up ready to compete and willing to sign a waiver.

In volleyball action, UMES took down the visiting Coppin State Lady Eagles 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-18) in a MEAC decision on Sept. 26 at the Hytche Center.

The Lady Hawks got a double-double from sophomore Holiday Eller (Minnetonka, Minn./St. Benilde-St. Margaret's H.S.), who paced UMES with 10 kills and 11 digs. The right side hitter hit .259 and also added three service aces. Freshman Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica H.S.) added 10 kills while setter Yael Rozner (Haifa, Israel/Kiriat Haim H.S.) hit .533 with eight kills and a team-high 33 assists.

Indira Laurencin paced Coppin with 12 kills while Jasmine George chipped in with 10.

The maroon and gray hit .227 the entire match and held the Lady Eagles to .156 attacking percentage.

Game three saw the Lady Hawks take a 14-4 lead to open the decision. A kill by Kim Braxton (Upper Marlboro, Md./Frederick Douglass H.S.) at 18-6 gave UMES a 12-point advantage, their largest lead of the night.

An attacking error by Melanie Durimel (Neuilly sur Marne, France/Univ. de Marne la Valle) allowed CSU to close within seven points of the Hawks at 22-13. Decisive kills by Eller and Durimel in the final moments pushed the UMES lead back up to 12 and sealed the win for the maroon and gray.

Volleyball split in day one action at the Comfort Inn Classic on Sept. 29. The Lady Hawks took down Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-26) in their first match of the day and later dropped a 3-1 (30-26, 30-23, 25-30, 30-22) contest to St. Francis (PA).

In the decision against the Knights, the maroon and gray were paced by Caylin Woodward's match-high 12 kills. Holiday Eller and Kim Braxton added 11 kills each while Eller chipped in with a match-high 18 digs. Braxton hit .417 (11-1-24) while her sister, Stephanie Braxton, added 14 digs. Yael Rozner contributed a double-double of 34 set assists and 12 digs.

Fairleigh Dickinson got nine kills from Lauren Boothby. Ali Philbrick added 13 digs on the defensive end.

In the match against the Red Flash, Eller led all players with a match-high double-double of 24 kills and 16 digs. Eller also hit a match-high .436 (24-7-39). Stephanie Braxton finished with 14 digs while Rozner and Woodward added 10 digs apiece. Rozner chipped in with a match-high 35 set assists.

St. Francis (PA) got 20 kills from Kristen Buter. Keshia Gibbs added 17 while Lauren Parisi led the squad with 15 digs.

The maroon and gray took down the Providence Friars 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 30-13) on the final day of the Comfort Inn Classic on Sept. 30.

The Lady Hawks got a match-high 15 kills from sophomore Holiday Eller. Yael Rozner added a double-double of 40 set assists and 10 digs while libero Stephanie Braxton had a team-high 20 digs. Freshman Caylin Woodward fell one kill shy of a double-double as she chipped in with nine kills and 10 digs.

Jeanette Toney had 11 kills to lead the Friars. Kelly Krahenbuhl contributed 20 digs on the defensive end.

UMES (9-8) hit .288 the entire match and held Providence to a .072 outing.

Game two was the closest decision between the two teams as the Friars tied the score on several occasions. Providence took the lead at 25-24 but a kill by senior Melanie Durimel gave the momentum back to the maroon and gray.

Rozner and Eller received All-Tournament team nods following the end of competition on day two. Rozner had 109 set assists, 32 digs, 14 kills and six aces on the weekend while Eller finished with 50 kills, 41 digs, three aces and .311 attacking percentage in three matches.

Upcoming Week (Oct. 2 - Oct. 8)

Volleyball returns to action October 3 with a conference match against Morgan State in Baltimore. The Lady Hawks also hit the road on October 6 for a contest against American. Cross Country rounds out the week's action with a meet in Norfolk on October 7.

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