Diara Lewis (pictured) recorded nine kills and 11 digs in Friday night loss to Norfolk State

Oct. 18, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. – Friday night, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker on the road to conference rival Norfolk State, 3-2. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fall to 2-16 overall (1-5 MEAC) whereas the Spartans improved to 8-13 overall (4-2 MEAC).

Sophomore Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) led the charge for the Lady Hawks in the first two sets and finished one kill shy from a double-double. Lewis tallied nine kills and a season-high 11 digs. Freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) posted 38 assists against Norfolk State. In her efforts, Rosales has recorded 30+ assist performances in five out of the last six contests. Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) registered her fifth 20+ dig performance this season (22). She has posted the most 20+ dig performances since 2008, surpassing Rebecca Pardo (4).

In the first set, both teams would be tied, 7-7, after swing points back-and-forth. UMES would create separation by scoring the next three points on a Spartan error and kills by Lauren Berry (Bloomington, IL) and Moriah Brookins (Cypress, CA). Norfolk State would call the first timeout of the match after trailing, 10-7. After the brief intermission, Brookins would score another point on a kill to take an 11-7 lead, but the Spartans would answer. Norfolk State scored the next three points to cut into UMES’ lead, 11-10, forcing the Lady Hawks to take their first timeout of the match. After UMES’ timeout, the Lady Hawks scored the following two points on a Lewis’ kill and Spartan error, 13-10. UMES would continue the momentum by scoring five out of the next eight points, 18-13, forcing the Spartans to take their second timeout of the match. After the short break, Norfolk State would make a run to cut the Lady Hawks’ lead down to two, 22-20. Coach Millicent Van Norden would ask for another timeout to stop the Spartans’ run. Thereafter, UMES would hold off the Spartans’ late rally to take the first set, 25-22.

In set number two, the Lady Hawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, including two Norfolk State errors and a Lewis’ kill. UMES scored the following seven out of nine points to take a commanding 10-2 lead, forcing the Spartans to take a timeout. After the brief rest, Norfolk State would make another rally by scoring nine out of the next 14 points to cut the lead down to three, 14-11. Coach Van Norden would request a timeout to stop the Spartans’ momentum. After the brief timeout, the Lady Hawks scored the next two points on kills by Berry and Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) to extend the lead, 16-11. The Spartans would continue to battle throughout the set, but UMES had an answer nearly every time. The Lady Hawks would win the second set, 25-19, and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, Norfolk State would respond by scoring the first eight out of 11 points to take an early 8-3, which UMES would call a timeout. After the short pause, another kill by Lewis would cut the Spartans’ lead down to four, 8-4, but Norfolk State would respond. The Spartans scored the following four points to extend their lead, 12-4. UMES would eventually take another timeout after trailing 15-6. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, the team would climb back into the match scoring the next seven out of nine points, cutting the lead to 17-11. Norfolk State would ask for a timeout to stop UMES’ run. After the brief intermission, the Lady Hawks would continue to fight, but unable to take the lead. Thus, the Spartan would win the set, 25-17, and narrow the Lady Hawks’ lead in the match, 2-1.

In set number four, Norfolk State would jump out to an early 4-1 lead, forcing Coach Van Norden to take an early timeout. After UMES’ timeout, the Lady Hawks would respond, but only to see themselves exchanging the next 22 points. The Spartans would take a timeout despite leading 15-12. After the Spartans’ timeout, Norfolk State would tie the match, 2-2, after going on a 10-8 run to win the fourth set, 25-20.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Lady Hawks would score the first point on a Berry kill; however, Norfolk State would respond by scoring the next three points and then take a 9-5 lead. UMES would call a timeout to slow down the Spartans. After the timeout, the Spartans would end the match by scoring the next six out of eight points, 15-7, to win the match, 3-2.

Other notable Hawk performances include Berry and Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) each posting double-digit kills. Berry ended the match with 12 kills along with an assist, a dig, and a block. Berry also posted an incredible .298 hitting percentage in the loss. Smith tallied 10 kills, four digs, two blocks, and an assist. Brookins finished with four kills, five blocks, and a dig. Robinson had seven kills, two blocks, and a .583 hitting percentage in a losing effort.

For Norfolk State, four Spartans had double-figure kills, led by Janay Frazier (16). Darcy Moore paced the team with 50 assists while four Spartans had double-digit digs, led by Noelle Eagles (15). On Sunday (10/20), Norfolk State travels to Hampton to face in-state rival, Hampton University. Match time is 3:00 p.m.

The next stop for the Lady Hawks is this Sunday in Dover, Delaware where the Hornets of Delaware State University look to avenge an early loss to UMES back on Sept. 27th. The match begins 3:00 p.m.

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