Blazevic, Ondruskova impressive but Hawks fall to VCU
Blazevic averaged over nine assists per set to go along with 10 digs
Sept. 27, 2016

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland— Freshman Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore Zuzana Ondruskova (Bilovec, Czech Republic) recorded double-doubles for Maryland Eastern Shore Tuesday night, but it was the visiting Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) who ultimately took the match, avenging a defeat by the Hawks last year in four sets (22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-25) at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Blazevic shined in the setter’s role, notching 37 assists with 10 digs to achieve her double-double. The Croatian freshman also delivered four kills and a block assists. Ondruskova was the Hawks’ leading attacker with 14 kills and a success rate over 46 percent. She also led the team with 12 digs to earn the double-double.

Other top performers for The Shore included 11 kills from freshman Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) and four block assists from sophomore Marta Klafuric (Donja Lomnica, Croatia).

In spite of the defeat, Hawks coach Toby Rens was still happy with the effort of his players. “We played a very competitive match tonight but had trouble sustaining a high level of play. I was very pleased with the way we rebounded after that close first set loss. We will learn from this and push forward.”



The Rams also had a player tally a double-double as Alica Kandler struck a match high 15 kills with 12 digs. Tyler Sroufe added 27 assists to lead VCU, and libero Rebekah Strange totaled 15 digs.

Vujoesic was the leader in kills after set one with four, but VCU benefited from nine service errors by the Hawks to take the set in three. The Shore rallied in the second set, using several Ondruskova kills to gain the edge. However, the tide ultimately turned when sophomore Koya Sowells (Missouri City, Texas) delivered an ace to give the Hawks a two point lead at 13-11. Gradually Maryland Eastern Shore built the advantage as they won the set by six.

VCU built up a 6-1 lead is set three to force a Hawks timeout, but Maryland Eastern Shore rallied back with four Ondruskova kills to knot the set at ten. The Hawks would gain a slight advantage at the 13-12 mark, but a 5-1 run by the Rams doomed The Shore to a 2-1 match deficit.

Any chance to force a fifth set was quickly snuffed out by VCU as they went on a 10-2 to open the set—an advantage that proved overwhelming for the Hawks to come back.

With the defeat Maryland Eastern Shore fell to 7-10 on the season, while VCU improved in the opposite direction to 10-7.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play resumes Friday with a matchup against Norfolk State. Match time is set for 6 p.m. at Echols Hall.  

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