Hawks sweep Saturday, down South Carolina State
Iva Vujosevic came in second place in the All-Tournament voting, as she helped lead the Hawks to a Saturday sweep
Sept. 23, 2017

Final Stats

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Maryland Eastern Shore followed up its dominant performance over Savannah State with another sweep to conclude their run at the MEAC North-South Challenge. The Hawks took care of the South Carolina State Bulldogs 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-15) at the Tidewater Volleyball Center in Virginia Beach on Saturday (Sept. 23).

The victory improves The Shore’s record to 13-5, after a 2-1 weekend at North-South.

Sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montengro) and junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) were instrumental in the two victories, and named to the All-Tournament Team as a result. Vujosevic came in second for overall vote totals after earning 3.36 kills and 1.45 digs per set. Babic finished the weekend with 30 digs and 26 kills, along with eight blocks.

In the South Carolina State match, the Hawks blocked nine attacks to the Bulldogs’ two. Freshman Sola Okesanjo (Chicago, Illinois) helped on six of those blocks which included a solo. Junior Carolina Machado (São Paulo, Brazil) added another 29 assists to go with the 29 she had against Savannah State. Junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) supplied nine kills while hitting over .400 on attacks, and both she and senior Alana Polk (Houston, Texas) helped out with two block assists each.



As a team the Hawks hit .403, compared to .081 by the Bulldogs. The Shore also supplied ten aces for the match, with Machado blasting home a career high of six.

Thanks largely to Machado’s aces the Hawks set the tone of the match at the midway point of the first set, using a 6-0 run to transform a somewhat comfortable 11-6 lead into a 17-6 margin. South Carolina State was able to maintain a lead early in the second set, but another run at the midway point transferred the lead back to the Shore. They would seize the lead for good at the 19-18 mark to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs scored the first three points in the third set before the Hawks responded with three of their own. Shortly thereafter Maryland Eastern Shore put the match away, scoring five straight points late in the set.

The Shore returns home Friday (Sept. 29) when they open conference play against defending MEAC champion Howard. A 6 p.m. first serve is scheduled.

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