Vujosevic, Babic, Rens named to All-MEAC Team
Vujosevic's superb play all season cemented her place on the All-MEAC first team
Nov. 14, 2017

NORFOLK, Virginia – Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro), junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) and head coach Toby Rens were selected as members of the All-MEAC volleyball team, as announced by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tuesday (Nov. 14).

Vujosevic was named to the All-MEAC First Team, Babic earned a place on the Second Team, and Rens was tabbed as the conference’s Coach of the Year.

An All-Rookie selection in her freshman campaign, Vujosevic exploded in her sophomore season, leading the Hawks with 3.22 kills per set and 0.48 aces per set while finishing second in digs per set with 2.36. In the MEAC she leads in aces per set, fourth with 3.87 points per set, fifth in kills per set, and seventh with a .271 hitting percentage. Vujosevic’s total number of aces—51—ranks fourth nationwide.

Lucia Babic continues to rack up postseason awards as a Hawk
Lucia Babic continues to
rack up postseason awards
as a Hawk

Along the way Vujosevic picked up a team high 12 double-doubles in matches and earned a MEAC Co-Player of the Week honor on October 23rd.

Babic earns her spot on the All-MEAC team for the third straight year, after earning All-Rookie as a freshman and a Second Team spot last year. The junior from Croatia led all MEAC outside hitters in percentage, converting on her attack more than 30 percent of the time (.302). She also helped out on aces, finishing tied for fourth in the MEAC with 0.44 aces per set.

Following an impressive showing at the Terrier Invitational in New York this past September, Babic was named MVP of the tournament and collected a MEAC Player of the Week award. She would earn another top player after the Henson’s Hawk Invite, making her one of just three MEAC players to win multiple Player of the Week awards.

Rens picks up his second MEAC Coach of the Year, and the fifth for Maryland Eastern Shore overall. In his seventh non-consecutive season at the helm of the Hawks, Rens guided The Shore to a Northern Division title, the 

Rens has the Hawks in prime position to capture the school's third MEAC title
Rens has the Hawks in prime position to capture the
school's third MEAC title

second-most wins in program wins with 26, and the school’s fifth undefeated conference record in program history. A MEAC championship would set the school record for wins at 29.

The Hawks’ coach last won the MEAC top coach award in 2002, when he transformed a three win squad from 2001 into a 20-win contender. Following stops at LIU Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Chicago State, Rens returned to Maryland Eastern Shore in 2014, and the Hawks have enjoyed a 77-45 record overall, with a 35-13 mark in the MEAC.

Maryland Eastern Shore has earned the No. 1 seed out of the Northern Division and will face North Carolina Central in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tournament on Friday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.    


 

 

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