NORFOLK, Va.- For the second time in a row, University of Maryland Eastern Shore freshman outside hitter Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) was chosen as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the period ending Sept. 11.
Iosia had double-doubles in every match UMES played in the Bryant Invitational, leading her to be named to the All-Tournament Team. She set a team season high 23 kills along with 10 digs in the road victory over Bryant.
On Saturday, Iosia had 13 kills, 17 digs and a pair of aces against Holy Cross followed by 14 kills, with just three hitting errors for an attack percentage of .344, and 10 digs in the win against Harvard. UMES went 2-1 during the weekend, tying Harvard, whom the Hawks defeated 3-0 on Saturday, as the team with the best record in the Bryant Invitational.
Iosia was named MEAC Rookie of the Week last period after being named to the USF Invitational All-Tournament Team. She has led the Hawks in kills each of her first seven matches as a Hawk and has gotten five double-doubles to start the season.
The Hawks will return to Rhode Island on Friday, September 16th to compete in the Brown University Invitational, starting with a rematch against Bryant at 4:30 p.m.