The Shore uses strong attack to down Delaware State
Mere Serea (left) and Lucia Babic (right) were fixtures in the vaunted Hawks' offensive attack against the Hornets
Oct. 20, 2017

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – The Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team extended their perfect record in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play, defeating the Delaware State Hornets in four sets (25-12, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15) on Friday evening (Oct. 20) at the William P. Hytche Center.

The Shore (20-6, 7-0 MEAC) used 57 kills and a .461 hitting percentage—their second highest percentage for the season—to achieve victory. For the third straight match it was junior Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California) who led the team with 13 kills, and three of her teammates joined her with double-digit kills. Sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro) supplied 12, senior Alana Polk (Houston, Texas) added 11 and graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji) tallied 10.

Sophomore Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia) came one assist shy of averaging 12 per set, ending with a total of 47, and junior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) completed a match high 12 digs. In addition to her double-digit kills, Serea contributed four blocks with a solo and led the team with a .643 hitting percentage.

While registering their second highest hitting percentage as a squad, the Hawks also held Delaware State (2-20, 2-4 MEAC) to a negative percentage, as the Hornets erred more on the attack then succeeded. The Shore also outpaced the Hornets in every statistical category, including an eight to one block margin.


 

 

The Hawks surged ahead in the first two sets to easily claim victory, but the Hornets rallied in the third set, keeping it close before maintaining a slim advantage. Delaware State rode that advantage to a 25-23 win, continuing the match.

Both teams fought hard in the early moments of set four, but the Hawks delivered the final blow with Kayongo at the service. Thanks to a pair of Kayongo aces and several kills The Shore pulled off a 7-0 run to put the match to rest.

Friday’s match kicked off the 2017 Hawk Hysteria festivities and was played before a season’s best crowd of 2,561.   

Maryland Eastern Shore stays on the home court for a non-conference match Sunday (Oct. 22) at 1 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman.

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