Sonia Rosales dished out 20 assists but more importantly had nine digs and seven kills on just 11 attacks to hit .636 for the match.

Aug 31, 2013

Box Score

PEORIA, Ill. - Western Illinois University (WIU) topped the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) on Saturday night, but they had to regroup to do it, as UMES got their first set win of the 2013 campaign before falling 3-1 to close out their matches in the tournament.

Jinqiao Li (Beijing, China) again dominated defensively for the Hawks, picking up 15 digs and the blockers came to life, tallying seven as a team and individually getting 12 block assists to help the Hawks have their best outing so far of the young season.

Offensively the Hawks still struggled with solid percentages but were again led by Ashley Smith (Huntley, Ill.) who posted nine kills and had five digs. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, Calif.) dished out 20 assists but more importantly had nine digs and seven kills on just 11 attacks to hit .636 for the match.

Moriah Brookins (Cyrpess, Calif.) also found her game and notched four kills and four block assists. Diara Lewis (Columbia, S.C.) added five kills and a block assist. Precious Manu (xx) saw her first action of the season and served up an ace to go along with seven digs.

The Hawks got the win in the second set. They trailed 0-2 early but UMES quickly tied the set taking advantage of two Sarah Fetter errors. After WIU took the 3-2 lead UMES came back with a dump kill from Rosales to again tie the match. From there Manu took over to serve five straight points, getting errors and a kill from Smith in that stretch to take an 8-3 lead and force a Leatherneck timeout. The break worked to WIU's advantage as Manu returned to serve an error. Rosales then took the Novak serve to get another kill and UMES was back in control, up 9-4.



Li took the serve and rattled off four straight points, getting another Smith kill and three WIU errors. The Leathernecks took another timeout. Li would serve three more times before Samantha Fournier got a kill to break the run and UMES was up 15-5, having led by 11. Fournier took the serve and rattled off a three point run of her own before Smith broke the serve with a kill, it was 16-8 Hawks.

The two teams went back and forth trading errors and kills until it was 20-14 and Manu went back to serve again. She would score three straight points, all on errors before the Hawks committed their own to make it 23-15. WIU got a pair of their own kills before the Hawks took a timeout at 23-17. Coach Millicent Van Norden circled the wagons and had the Hawks finish strong, breaking the serve with a Brookins kill and then getting Li to serve the set point for the Hawks to win, 25-17.

In the first set the score was the same but went in favor of WIU. Manu was solid early with her serve while Allison Woods (Magnolia, Texas) and Smith also chipped in during service. The match was back and forth the entire way with exception coming in the middle when WIU's Kaitlynn Novak served six straight points before an error ended her run and the score was 18-10. From there the two teams exchanged points before the Hawks' Smith served up a few straight points coming off of kills by Lewis and Rosales in the mix. At the end of her serve UMES had cut the lead to 21-15. Again the two exchanged points before the match ended 25-17.

After UMES won set two, the Hawks seemed poised to make a run at the Leathernecks. They never got a chance. WIU used service to make their runs, controlling the side-out numerous times, with their servers getting three or four serves each time. When UMES did get to serve it was never more than one or two at a time and before the Hawks could find their groove, the set ended 25-9.

In set four Western Illinois jumped out to a 5-1 lead, the only point for the Hawks coming on a Lewis kill. Down 5-1, the Hawks called a timeout. WIU's Ann Miller would serve an error to make it 6-2. Rosales served, but the Leathernecks took control, rattling off six straight points before they made their own error to make it 12-3. Woods took the serve at 15-6 in favor of WIU and rattled off three straight points that came on two WIU errors and a Smith kill. When Miller got a kill on Woods's fourth serve Sarah Sikula would serve four straight points for Western Illinois to make the score 20-8. Smith took a Rosales helper for a kill to make it 20-9 but WIU took control again to make it 21-9. Lewis got a kill to give the Hawks' their tenth point but they wouldn't score again and it ended the match 25-10 and gave WIU the 3-1 win over UMES.

The Hawks head to Fairfield, Conn. next weekend, Sept. 6-7, for a three-match tournament with the host Sacred Heart Pioneers, Manhattan and American.

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