Nov. 23, 2010

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- A tough week for Hawk athletics came to a close as the men's and women's basketball team continued non-conference play. The previous week saw the Hawks fall season officially come to a close as volleyball fought in the MEAC Tournament in Baltimore, plus the bowling team hosted some of the toughest competition in the country over the weekend.

The men's basketball team had a tough start to the week, falling on the road against non-conference opponents Columbia 108-74 and American 65-58. But the Hawks rebounded at home, getting their first win of the season at home against Kean 86-68 on Saturday. The Hawks now stand at 1-3 on the season.

The Hawks could not do much about the Lions as Columbia shot an unprecedented 63.3% from the floor. Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) got 11 points off 5-for-7 shooting plus six rebounds off the bench. Dishawn Bradshaw (Baltimore, Md.) recorded his second straight double digit contest with 11 points. Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) also recorded 11 points in that many minutes of play.

UMES took American to the final minutes, however the Eagles pulled ahead in the end to win after Vlad Moldoveanu scored three 3-point shots towards the end. Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 19 points, including 15 in the second half, including seven assists, both of which led the team. Freddy Obame Obame (Libreville, Gabon) got eight points with seven rebounds and two steals.

After being tied with Kean at 55 in the second half, UMES earned the victory after a 17-2 run in a period of six minutes. Hines had another strong day, ending with 17 points off 7-for-12 shooting with eight boards. Bradshaw was the team leader in points with 18. Haley played 25 minutes off the bench, getting 16 points and six rebounds.

The Lady Hawks suffered their first loss of the season, falling on the road to in-state opponent Mt. St. Mary's 65-56, getting a 1-1 record.

The Mount got to the free throw line 42 times, converting 23 in the win. Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) led UMES with 14 points and seven rebounds in her second start as captain. Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) was close to a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds. Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored 10 points with two steals in the second half off the bench for the Lady Hawks.

The bowling team had a strong showing in Millsboro, taking first place in the Hawk Classic after going 11-2 with the first two 1200-pin games in the history of the program in head-to-head matches. The Hawks earned wins over #4 Vanderbilt, #5 Central Missouri State, #11 Valparaiso, #14 Wisconsin-Whitewater and #19 Norfolk State in the tournament victory.

UMES had the top two individual finishers. Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Columbia) finishing first with an average of 237.8 in five games, including a high of 278. Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.) ended second with a 232.4 pin average, throwing a 277 in a game. T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) threw just one game, scoring a 290, getting the individual high for the Classic.

After starting with a Friday win over Bethune-Cookman 3-1 (25-19, 13-25, 25-15, 25-20), the Hawks volleyball team fell in the second round to eventual MEAC champion South Carolina State in four sets (21-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-27), ending their 2010 season.

MEAC Rookie of the Year Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah) earned a place on the MEAC All-Tournament Team after getting 13 kills and five blocks against Bethune-Cookman followed by a double-double against South Carolina State with 18 kills and 11 blocks. Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.) ended with double-digit kills in each match, combining for 25 in the two days.

Volleyball finishes the season at 20-12, including an 8-2 record in regular season MEAC play.

Before the tournament, the conference announced their All-MEAC Teams. Vaitai earned first-team honors after leading the conference in kills and points per game. UMES landed three players on the second team: Samantha Chukwura (Brooklyn, N.Y.), earning a kill percentage of 38.9% with 231 kills to just 54 errors, Kaveigna Lea'Aetoa (Salt Lake City, Utah), after leading the team with 77 blocks plus 292 kills, and Stephanie Sierra (El Paso, Texas), who ended the season with 1,054 assists and 231 digs.

Hawks men's basketball continues non-conference play as they host Northern Illinois for a pre-Thanksgiving matinee on Wednesday, November 24th at 1:00 p.m. During the weekend, the Hawks will head to the state capital to face the Naval Academy on Saturday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Hawks Radio Network on the home for men's basketball, 95.9 The Sports Animal.

The bowling team will try to ride the success of the Hawk Classic as they head to Lebanon, Illinois to compete in National Collegiate Team Match Games. The competition will take place on Friday and Saturday with 8:00 a.m. starts.



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