Hawks battle back to defeat Spartans
Senior leader Alana Polk relished her return to the volleyball court, after an injury kept her on the sideline for nearly a year
Sept. 8, 2017

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — Down 17-12 in the second set and trailing 1-0 in the match, Maryland Eastern Shore had to dig deep in order to extend their four match win streak to five. They found the energy to come back in the second set, dominate set three, then came back again to win the match 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-22) at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM) on Friday.

The Hawks improve to 6-2 on the season.

In her return to the court from a knee injury, senior Alana Polk (Houston, Texas) enjoyed a fine match, coming off the bench to lead the team in block assists with five while also supplying seven kills, three digs and two aces. Graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji) contributed three solo blocks and four participations in total.

Junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) and sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) earned double-doubles in the match. Babic collected her second of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Vujosevic collected her fourth with a team-high 17 kills to go along with 13 digs.

Other top performers include 24 digs from junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) and 30 assists from sophomore Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia).



After dropping the set the Hawks found themselves trailing by five at the aforementioned 17-12 mark, putting them in danger of falling behind two sets. But The Shore stormed back, intercepting the lead with a 5-0 run that included kills by Serea, Vujosevic and Babic with junior setter Carolina Machado (São Paulo, Brazil) helping the cause. A block by Polk and junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) sealed a three point win.

The Hawks used 20 kills and a .385 hitting percentage to dominate the third set, but they found themselves in need of another comeback to win in four sets—this time down by seven at 18-11. A 12-2 run ended that threat and gave Eastern Shore the lead for good at 21-20 with a Vujosevic kill. Serea ended the match with her sixth kill of the evening.

The Shore battles William & Mary at 1 p.m. Saturday before challenging host Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

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