Hawks volleyball fights hard, but falls to VCU
Iva Vujosevic's eighth double-double of the year kept the Hawks in the game, but VCU prevailed to win their 14th straight match
Oct. 3, 2017

Final Stats

RICHMOND, Virginia – Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball battled in a strong challenge from the Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) Rams, but fell in four sets (19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-27) on Tuesday (Oct. 3) evening in Richmond.

The Shore’s record drops to 14-6 on the season while VCU improves to 17-2, extending their win streak to 14 matches. VCU also carried a consecutive set streak into the match but that was halted by the Hawks with a second set victory.

Sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with a team high 14 kills and 17 digs. Junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) added her fourth double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs, and graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji) converted half her attacks—six kills over 12 attempts—while adding six blocks with three solos. The solos were her highest count since the USC Upstate match on September 8th.

Eastern Shore earned a higher hitting percentage than VCU with .186 to .173 and the Hawks finished with one more block than the Rams, but were outpaced on aces in a 23 point swing—10 VCU aces and 13 errors by The Shore.

The Rams stormed out of the gate with an overwhelming charge in the first set, building an 11-3 edge. The Hawks made a couple runs late before dropping the set by six.


 

 

In the second set, the Hawks proved they could hold their own against vaunted VCU. A pair of kills from both Vujosevic and Babic, along with several Ram attack errors gave the Hawks an 8-1 run, upping their lead to 13-6. VCU closed the gap at times but could not overcome the deficit as The Shore took the set by seven.

Maryland Eastern Shore used the momentum to seize an early advantage in set three, but VCU rallied from behind, grabbed the lead back and went onto win by eight, forcing the Hawks to try and come back in the fourth.

The fourth set went back and forth throughout but the Hawks gained an upper hand late with a 4-1 swing to lead 20-17. However, a fifth set was denied by Rams who rallied yet again to force extra time, then cap off the victory by completing two blocks to win the set 27-25.

The Hawks will return home to battle Norfolk State on Friday (Oct. 6) and Hampton (Oct. 7). Both matches will have 6 p.m. first serves.

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