The team looks up at their new MEAC Championship banner.

Dec. 20, 2011

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - At the last home basketball game of 2011, a 95-69 win by the men's basketball team, it wasn't just the hoops program celebrating. At half-time of the game the 2011 University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Volleyball Team also celebrated with the unveiling of their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship Banner.

The team huddled around mid-court and on the count of three pulled the strong that unrolled their banner from the rafters. The championship, the first for volleyball in school history, gave head coach Don Metil his first MEAC title. UMES went on to play in their first NCAA Championship Tournament, falling 3-0 to eventual National Champion UCLA in the first round.

"It looks really good" said Metil. "I like the style of the banners and to be able to unroll ours was something special," he added.

"It has been a long-time coming," said Associate Head Coach Eric Hammond, who has worked with UMES Volleyball with the past three coaches, never quite getting over the hump. "We finally broke through and the banner is a reminder of that, it well help our team see what we are working towards each year from here on out."

The banner, produced and installed by Signs By Tomorrow of Salisbury, Md. matches the other championship banners in the arena. It will remain at mid-court for the remainder of the 2011-12 athletic year before taking its place chronologically among the other banners.



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