Hawks fight hard, but fall to Zips
Iva Vujosevic's double-double of 15 kills and 10 digs will be bittersweet coming in a five set loss to Akron
Aug. 26, 2017

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore engaged in a challenging battle with the Akron Zips during a Saturday matinee at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational. In a dramatic five sets, The Shore competed hard, but the breaks went the way of the Zips, who won the match 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-12, 12-15).

Sophomores Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) and Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) recorded double-doubles for the Hawks, with Vujosevic earning 15 kills and 10 digs, while Blazevic tallied 46 assists and 11 digs. Graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji) finished with nine kills and eight blocks (two solo) to come within striking distance of a double-double as well.

Several Hawks made their debuts in the match, with redshirt freshman Sola Okesanjo (Chicago, Illinois) earning the most impressive stat line among the newcomers. Okesanjo started a perfect 5-for-5 on kills, ultimately completing six to go along with four blocking assists.

Other top performers included 21 digs from junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) and 13 kills apiece from juniors Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) and Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California).

As a team the Hawks outperformed the Zips statistically, holding the edge in kills 59 to 48, blocks 13 to six, and hitting percentage .242 to .186, but Akron delivered in the clutch, securing the match with at the 9-8 mark of the fifth set and never looking back.   

The five set was the first for the Hawks since November 20, 2015 against Florida A&M in the MEAC quarterfinals.

The Hawks conclude their tournament run with a battle against host Navy at 6:30 this evening.



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