Ndidi Ibe (pictured) broke the volleyball program's all-time blocks record on Sunday

Oct. 15, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.  – It was a successful week of action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore fall sports programs. Three of the school’s programs participated in play for the Hawks as the volleyball team won two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches, the women’s cross country team ran well at the Tribe Open and golf finished fifth overall at the Colonial Classic.

The charge was spearheaded by the efforts of a trio of Hawks in senior Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas), junior Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.) and freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic).

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:


The volleyball team won both of their matches this past week.

UMES (19-4, 5-0 MEAC) had three players notch double-digit kill totals in the team’s 3-1 victory over Hampton this past Friday night. The Hawks opened the match with a 27-25 victory in game one, before claiming victories in two of their next three games. The crowd at the event totaled 2,100.

Sophomore Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) led the charge with 18 kills and five digs, while sophomore Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario) recorded 56 assists and junior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) had 17 digs. Ibe had a career-high seven aces in the victory.

In UMES’ 3-1 victory over Norfolk State on Sunday afternoon, Ibe shattered the program’s block record. The junior used six blocks to move atop the ranks with 209 career blocks. Iosia once again led the way for UMES with the double-double line of 17 kills and 10 digs. Junior Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 13 kills and seven digs, while Vicic notched 47 assists.

With the two victories, UMES moved its home-winning streak to 27, the longest in all of Division I at the present time.


The women’s cross country team represented the school well at the William & Mary Tribe Open this past Saturday. The Hawks finished the race with 171 points, good for seventh at the event.

In the first race of her UMES career, Kobesova placed second overall with a time of 20:51.98. Her effort proved to be the fastest time for a UMES women’s cross country runner at a 6k race. Her time was just four seconds off of the top time recorded at the event.

Kobesova was followed by sophomore Latitia Salley (Linden, N.J), who used a 25:31.36 time to placed 54th. Senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) was 62nd with a time of 27:17.57 and senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) was one spot behind in 28:39.97. Senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, N.Y.) rounded out the top-5 for the Hawks with a time of 29:20.51 to place 66th overall.


The golf team placed fifth at the 2012 Robert Morris University Colonial Classic last week. The team was led by Raad, who shot scores of 81 and 78 to finish with a 159. His final score landed him a 15th place finish as he was the top Hawk golfer at the event.

Junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) placed 16th with a 161 points, while junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) tied for first-place on par-3 holes to end up in 17th. Junior Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) ended the two rounds with a score of 169 and sophomore Kevin Odell (Snow Hill, Md.) used a career-best score of 79 on his final round to place 30th.

The Hawks finished as the second-best team in par-3 holes at the tournament.


  • The UMES Media Relations Department announced its newest video production in “60 Seconds on the Green” with the spotlight of Cecil
  • This week’s featured student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk…, was Vaitai
  • Raad and Kobesova were named the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week this past week
  • The volleyball team moved its home-winning streak to 27 games this week

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com



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