The Shore holds off NJIT rally to resume winning ways
Iva Vujosevic continued her torrid start to the season with a 20 kill, 17 dig, 7 block effort in a five set win versus NJIT
Sept. 1, 2017

Final Stats

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, New York — For the third straight match Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball went five sets with an opponent—this time the NJIT Highlanders. After the Highlanders vigorously rallied to claim the fourth set and force a fifth, the Hawks managed to fend off their New Jersey foes in a 3-2 win (25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-10) at the Genovesi Center in Brooklyn.

The Hawks improve to 2-2 on the season.

Sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) continued her strong start to the 2017 campaign by leading the Hawks in kills and digs for the match with 20 and 17, respectively. Vujosevic also led in blocks with seven and tied for a team high in aces with three.  

Fellow sophomore Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) also added a double-double of 45 assists and 10 digs. Juniors Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) and Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) narrowly missed double-doubles with Kayongo earning 12 kills and 8 digs and Babic earning nine kills and 10 digs.

As a team the Hawks outhit the Highlanders .250 to .157, while also leading to assist percentage (.375 to .310), digs (67 to 59), blocks (ten to five) and aces (nine to six).


 

 

Both the Hawks and Highlanders used early leads to one triumph each in the first two sets. A back-and-forth battle in the third set went to The Shore for a critical 2-1 match lead. In the fourth set, the Hawks jumped out to a 12-4 lead and appeared destined to cruise toward victories. However the Highlanders stayed alive and when the Hawks forced match point at 24-19, NJIT rallied off five straight points to tie the set before ultimately winning, 27-25.

With Maryland Eastern Shore thrown into a fifth set for the third straight match, the Hawks made quick work in a determined effort to stave off a third straight defeat. An 8-2 run to open the final set was capped with an ace by junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) was held up thanks to two final Kayongo kills as the Hawks claimed victory.  

The win is the first in five sets for the Hawks since they beat Loyola Maryland on September 12, 2015.

Maryland Eastern Shore continues its run in the Terrier Invitational with a matchup against UMass Lowell at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

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