HAWKS TOP COPPIN STATE, 3-0; EARN 20TH WIN

Nov. 6, 2009

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Sophomore Christine Edwards (Lakewood, Calif.) recorded 10 kills and a match-high tying seven service aces as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team defeated Coppin State, 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-17), at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Friday.

The win improves UMES to 20-6 overall and 9-0 in MEAC play and assures the Hawks of their third consecutive 20-win season under head coach Don Metil. The loss for the Eagles (1-28, 0-9 MEAC) is their ninth in a row.

UMES outhit Coppin State .436-.069 and tied a season-high with 17 service aces, a feat the Hawks first accomplished Oct. 23 at Howard.

Seniors Whitney Johnson (Prince Frederick, Md.) and Caylin Woodward (Garden Grove, Calif.) tallied nine and seven kills, respectively. Three Hawks had eight digs apiece as UMES led CSU, 33-25. Freshman Karin Vikterlof (Orebro, Sweden), sophomore Rebecca Prado (Annandale, N.J.) and Woodward had eight digs each to lead the team.

Redshirt junior Samantha Chukwura (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had three of the Hawks' seven block assists as UMES totaled 3.5 total blocks. Freshman Bella Jade Romero (Arlington, Texas) had 21 of the team's 38 assists.

The Hawks jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first game, but the Eagles were able to battle back to tie it at 8-8. UMES limited Coppin to just eight points the rest of the game as UMES hit .500 on 15 kills on 26 attacks with two errors.

After going down, 1-0, in the second game on a CSU ace, UMES rattled off seven straight points on the strength of two kills and two aces. The Hawks led, 12-4, heading into the first Coppin State timeout of the game as UMES tallied four consecutive on two Chukwura kills, an error and an ace.

UMES went on a 7-3 run before the second Coppin break to take a 19-6 advantage. Woodward secured the game with a kill assisted by Romero. The Hawks only committed one error in the game on 19 attacks with 14 kills for a match-high .684 percentage.

The Hawks took their biggest lead of the final set at 23-13 on a Coppin State error and Woodward and John scored kills for the put the match away.

Kanishia led the Eagles with five kills in 16 attacks, while Mercedes Maynard-Randall had five assists and Jazmin Brown had eight digs.

The Hawks look complete its third straight perfect MEAC season when they take on Howard Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Hytche Center.

 

 

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