NORFOLK, Va. — The Hawks are a win away from securing the 1-seed from the MEAC North for the sixth straight season and will play a pair of matches in Virginia this weekend. UMES takes on Norfolk State on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Hampton for a Sunday match at 3 p.m. UMES, which has clinched at least a share of the MEAC Northern Division championship, is undefeated in conference play at 10-0 and 24-4 overall. Norfolk State is in second place in the North with a 8-2 MEAC standing and 12-18 overall tally, while Hampton at 7-3 in the MEAC and 16-13 overall is third in the division.
HAWKS TAKE DOWN BALTIMORE MEAC RIVALS
Going across the Bay Bridge, UMES won a pair of matches in Baltimore, against Morgan State in four and Coppin State and three to stay unblemished in conference play and increase their winning streak to a season-high 10 matches. Ndidi Ibe hit .421 with 21 kills and just five attack errors, adding seven blocks. Victoria Williams also had 21 kills, hitting .441 with five blocks. Saitaua Iosia led UMES with a combined 27 kills, four aces and 18 digs, while Maline Vaitai earned 19 kills and 15 digs.
VAITAI JOINS THE 1,000-KILL CLUB
With 15 kills in the final home match against Howard on October 26th, Maline Vaitai became a member of the 1,000-kill club with her 14th kill in the third set. The 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year had 407 kills as a freshman and 317 in 2011, standing with a team-high 296 this year for 1,020 in her career. She is the third member of the UMES 1,000-kill club in the 25-point era, joining Whitney Johnson (1,225) and Caylin Woodward (1,132).
VICIC - UMES'S TOP ALL-TIME SETTER
Jessie Vicic, an All-MEAC Preseason Team member, is UMES's all-time leader in assists, standing with 2,320 in her collegiate career. She earned the top mark with her eighth assist in the third set vs. Howard on October 26th, finishing with 41 in the match. This season, Vicic has a MEAC-best 1,111 assists after getting 1,209 in 2011. Now