Northern Division Champs! Hawks sweep Coppin, claim top seed
All three of Toby Rens' seniors - Kirstin Fink (left), Alana Polk (second from left), and Mere Serea (right) - made an impact as the Hawks clinched the MEAC North title
Nov. 5, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – With a 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-19, 25-15) over the Coppin State Eagles Sunday (Nov. 5), the Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team clinched their sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division title, and their first since the 2012 season.

The Shore (24-7, 10-0 MEAC) earned the No. 1 seed at the upcoming conference tournament, hosted by the Hawks November 17th thru the 19th at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

The win came on Senior Day, and all three members of that class made a positive contribution during the match. Alana Polk (Houston, Texas)—the school’s all-time leader in blocks—added six more to her total, along with four kills, two digs and an ace. Kirstin Fink (Tucson, Arizona) was 8-for-14 on the attack with just one error to hit .500 for the match. Graduate student Mere Serea (Suva, Fiji) went a perfect 3-for-3 on the attack.

Three juniors also had stellar performances for the Hawks, with a double-double of 25 assists and 14 digs from Carolina Machado (São Paulo, Brazil), another 14 digs from libero Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) and nine kills and a .304 hitting percentage by Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California). Machado also added four block assists to her total.

Coppin State (4-24, 4-7 MEAC) received nine kills from Bailee Jackson, tying Kayongo for most in the match.

The Eagles—who are looking to punch their ticket back to Princess Anne in two weeks—played strong out of the gate, battling at every turn to build an 19-15 advantage. But the Hawks stormed by with five straight kills from Polk, Machado, junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia), freshman Eva Valentova (Ceske, Czech Republic), and Machado again. The Hawks kept the margin in their favor, ultimately winning by two.

Sets two and three went decisively for the Hawks as they rode the score up to considerable advantages, winning set two by six and set three by ten.

Maryland Eastern Shore hit .326 for the match, securing 36 kills to just eight errors. The Hawks also earned seven blocks and four aces to earn the sweep.

A pair of road matches closes out the regular season with the Hawks traveling to Norfolk State Friday (Nov.10) and Delaware State Sunday (Nov. 12).



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