Volleyball sweeps day one of Henson Invite
Alana Polk's 1.43 blocks per set played a big role in the Hawks' pair of victories during day one of The Henson's Hawk Invite
Sept. 15, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — In an early test against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foes, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks passed with flying colors, defeating the Coppin State Eagles in straight sets (25-13, 25-21, 25-12) before taking down the Delaware State Hornets in four (25-12, 21-25, 25-12, 25-11) to sweep day one of The Henson’s Hawk Invite at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

The Shore improves to 9-3 during the 2017 season.

The Hawks were led on the attack by sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro), who supplied 27 kills across the two matches, including 16 against Delaware State. Senior Alana Polk (Houston, Texas) impressed with 1.43 blocks per set with one solo and nine assists.

Both setters provided an impact, with sophomore Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) assisting on 44 kills and junior Carolina Machado (São Paulo, Brazil) added 20 in the Delaware State match.

Other top performers included 15 kills from junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) against Delaware State and 10 kills from junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) versus Coppin. Junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) added 22 digs during the day, and senior Kirstin Fink (Tucson, Arizona) proved reliable with a solid all-around performance with a combined eight kills, four assists and three blocks.

Maryland Eastern Shore hit over .400 as a team on the attack, and earned a season best .423 in the win over the Hornets. The Hawks finished with 82 assists, 15 blocks and 11 aces—compared to 53 digs, four aces and three blocks from their counterparts.

The Hawks will look to be crowned tournament champions with matches against UNC Asheville and Campbell on Saturday. The match with the Bulldogs will begin at noon, followed by a 6 p.m. matchup with the Fighting Camels.  



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