HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (OCT. 12 - 18)
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - This week's Hawk Talk edition features news from men's & women's basketball, bowling, cross country, volleyball and more.
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Recently, UMES Men's Basketball head coach Bobby Collins announced freshmen Maurice Coleman (Richmond, Va.) and Isaac Sutton (Tallahassee, Fla.) and graduate student Derrico Peck (Atlanta) to the 2015-16 Hawk roster.
Last Tuesday (Nov. 13),seniors Devin Martin (Baltimore) and Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga.) received another preseason honor as they were selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Conference Team. Furthermore, the conference also released its preseason poll and saw UMES placed fourth after receiving 249 points.
On Nov. 13, the Hawks open their 2015-16 campaign against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.
On Oct. 13, the MEAC revealed their 2015-16 Preseason accolades and Massachusetts native Alexis Udoji (Randolph) received recognition as she was chosen to the Preseason All-Conference Team for the second consecutive season. Furthermore, the conference also released its preseason poll and saw the Lady Hawks placed third after receiving 259 points and three first-place votes.
Furthermore, Udoji earned her second preseason accolade from College Sports Madness (CSM) as she was selected to the All-Conference Team.
The next day (Nov. 14), Fred Batchelor and UMES welcomed Vontreece Hayes to the Hawk family as she will join the women's basketball coaching staff. Hayes joins Associate Head Coach Revonda Whitley and Assistant Coach Cedric Jenkins on Batchelor's team.
On Nov. 5, the Lady Hawks host Wesley in an exhibition. A week later (Nov. 13), the squad takes on Georgetown in their season home opener. Both contests start at 6 p.m.
Last Tuesday (Nov. 13), the bowling team was predicted to win the Northern Division again in 2016. Additionally, senior Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba) was picked as one of the five members of the All-MEAC Preseason Team.
On Oct. 17-18, the Hawks took fifth place at the UPIKE Orange and Black. Overall, the club went 8-2 and were in first place after individuals before earning a No. 2 seed entering bracket play.
On Oct. 30, the squad will compete in the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson.
Last Monday (Oct. 12), junior runner Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) was named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, alongside volleyball's Ondruskova, for his efforts at the Delaware State University (DSU) Farm Run meet. Kinini won his third meet of the season after he finished with a 25:16.40 mark.
On Oct. 14, Kinini earned himself another conference accolade as he was named cross country runner of the week.
Last Saturday (Oct. 17), the squad competed in the Princeton Invitational where the men placed 14th and the ladies took 20th. Kinini finished sixth place with an outstanding 24:09.02 mark. For the women, junior Jennaya Hield (Freeport, Bahamas) was the top runner in the Hawks, finishing with a time of 23:16.9.
On Oct. 31, the Hawks travel to Smyrna, Del. where they will take part in the MEAC Championships.
On Oct. 12, freshman outside hitter Zuzana Ondruskova (Bilovec, Czech Republic) earned UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with runner Kinini, for her performances against Hampton, Morgan State and Coppin State. Ondruskova totaled 33 kills, 15 digs, five service aces and three blocks in three conference matches and guided the squad to an undefeated week (3-0).
Later that day, Ondruskova was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Rookie of the Week.
Last Friday (Oct. 16), the Hawks swept route 13 rival Delaware State, 3-0. Sophomore Alana Polk (Houston) earned nine kills and three blocks in guiding UMES to its fourth straight win.
The next day (Oct. 17), the club defeated Hampton on the road for the first time since 2011 with a 3-0 victory. Ondruskova led the Hawks with 14 kills and Polk tallied eight kills and five block assists.
Tomorrow (Oct. 20), UMES returns home to face La Salle in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.
BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS
Hawk basketball season tickets are now on sale for the 2015-2016 season. For just $125.00, fans can see all 11 men's and 16 women's home games this season. That is 27 games for less than $5.00 per contest, which includes Homecoming on February 20, 2016.
Ticket brochures are in the mail now, can be printed online at www.umeshawks.com or purchased online at www.umestickets.com. Single date tickets are also on sale at $5.00 per game or $10.00 per double header. Season tickets can be purchased from the UMES Ticket Office by calling 410-621-3311.
Former Hawk tailback Emerson Boozer was selected as one of the 25 finalists for the 2016 Black College Football Hall of Fame Class. Boozer, already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, competed for Maryland State College (MSC) from 1962-1965 under coaches Skip McCain and Sandy Gilliam. According to university records, in 29 contests, Boozer rushed for 2,549 yards while scoring 22 touchdowns. In that span the Hawks went 18-10-1, including a pair of 5-2 seasons in his freshman and senior seasons.
On Oct. 27, the 2016 inductees will be announced and the enshrinement ceremony taking place February 2016 in Atlanta.
JESSE T. WILLIAMS, SR.
On Oct. 16, UMES athletics honored hoops legend and loyal alum Jesse T. Williams, Sr. by naming the basketball court after him. The standout on MSC teams of the late `50s and early 1960s will be attending home games this season to watch basketball played on hardwood that bears his name.
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