Hawks win despite challenge by Bulldogs
Lucia Babic's 12 kills and five blocks were instrumental in the Hawks' defeat of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs
Sept. 17, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — The Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team got out quickly in its third match of the Hawk Invitational, against UNC Asheville, on Saturday (Sept. 16), winning the first set 25-9 before the Bulldogs knotted the score with a 25-19 win.

But the host Hawks weren’t ready for the match to go any longer than necessary closing out the next two for a win (25-9, 19-25, 25-11, 26-24) to remain perfect in the event. With the victories, The Shore improves to 11-3 on the season.

Juniors Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) and Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) put up 12 and 11 kills respectively to lead the Hawks on the attack, while Babic added six digs and a pair of solo blocks.

Sophomore Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) added up 29 assists, nine points, seven digs and four aces, while classmate Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) had nine points (6 kills) and eight digs.

After struggling on the attack in the second set and hitting just .042, The Shore rebounded in the third set converting 9-of-20 with zero errors in the win.

In the fourth set, Hawks coach Toby Rens took a timeout — with his team trailing 15-12 — to talk things over. Out of the timeout, Babic had a kill, teamed with Alana Polk (Houston, Texas) for a block and then had a solo block of her own to knot the score at 15-15.

Kayongo’s kill gave the Hawks their first lead since 1-0, but the Bulldogs weren’t done. They would tie the set again at 21-21 — forcing a Shore timeout before regaining the lead briefly 23-22 — and then tying it again 24-24.

A kill by Vujosevic made it match point and then Babic — who converted seven of eight attempts in the fourth set — fittingly closed out the match with a kill.

Maryland Eastern Shore travels to George Washington on Sept. 19.


 

 

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