Late set comebacks propel Hawks to sweep Norfolk
Rachel Kayongo's nine kills and .250 hitting percentage helped the Hawks stay undefeated in MEAC play
Oct. 6, 2017

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — With 26 combined kills from junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California), junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia), and sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro), the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks swept the Norfolk State Spartans (25-18, 25-15, 26-24), using comebacks in set two and three to secure the victory on Friday (Oct. 6) night.

The Hawks improve to 15-6 (2-0 MEAC) while the Spartans drop to 3-13 (0-3 MEAC).

Along with the outside hitters The Shore also received 14 digs from junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia), five kills and two blocks from graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji), and four kills with a .333 hitting percentage for senior Alana Polk (Houston, Texas).

Following an excellent first set where the Hawks used 15 kills to win by seven were a pair of sets that proved to be a bit more trying. The Spartans led early in set two, leading by as many as five at the 13-8 mark. But the Hawks climbed back in it before completely taking over, winning the final 11 volleys in a row to win by ten.


 

 

In the third set The Shore fell behind again and the Spartans were able to maintain their lead right up to the end of the set. When Norfolk State forced set point at 24-18 the match looked destined to go four.

However Vujosevic responded with a kill to halt the Spartan rally. Then Polk took over the service and rattled off three aces over several points. The second ace capped off a 6-0 run to tie it up at 24, and the third gave the Hawks a 25-24 advantage. A Norfolk State attack error finalized the 8-0 run that gave Maryland Eastern Shore the win.

The Hawks host Hampton at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

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