Hawks stunned by Aggies in five sets
Iva Vujosevic earned 16 kills and 11 digs, but the Hawks drop a match to the Aggies for the first time in 11 years
Sept. 22, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball had several opportunities to claim their 12th victory of the season, but the North Carolina A&T Aggies made the critical moments count as they pulled off a 3-2 upset (25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 17-19) of the Hawks on Friday (Sept. 22) in Hampton, Virginia.

The Hawks drop to 11-5 on the season while the Aggies improve to 6-8, earning a victory against Maryland Eastern Shore for the first time since October 14, 2006.

Sophomores Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) finished the match with doubles-doubles. Blazevic tallied 35 assists with 10 digs and Vujosevic completed 16 kills and 11 digs. Junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) accounted for 13 kills and junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) led in digs with 19.

When the Hawks took their sets, they won big, winning the first set by 11 and the third set by six. The Shore even built a 17-10 lead in the second set and seemed destined to take a 2-0 lead in the match, but A&T stormed back with a ferocious rally, scoring 15 points to the Hawks’ six, including a 5-0 run to win.



Maryland Eastern Shore’s 2-1 match lead was countered in the fourth set by A&T’s 12-8 start. Despite that the Hawks fought back to tie at 16-16 and eventually took a 21-20 advantage—just four points shy of a win. It was another 4-0 run by the Aggies that forced a fifth set.

The fifth set copied the fourth set, with A&T earning a lead and The Shore climbing back. The Aggies forced match point at 14-11, however, a Vujosevic kill and two attack errors forced extra time. Eastern Shore had another shot at victory at the 15-14 mark, but then committed on the service error on the next play. Both teams went back and forth until a Babic kill knotted it up again at 17-17. It was the Aggies’ Courtney Pitt who supplied two kills to complete the upset in five.

The Shore will play two more matches Saturday (Sept, 23) against Savannah State and South Carolina State.

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