HAMPTON, VA - UMES's 23-match winning streak in conference play was snapped on Sunday after the Hawks fell to Hampton 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 24-26) at Holland Hall on Sunday. UMES falls to 25-5 on the year and 11-1 in conference play, while Hampton goes to 18-13 and 9-3 in the MEAC.
UMES also snapped its 11-match winning streak, the longest streak the Hawks had this season. Also, this is the first time the Hawks have been defeated by Hampton during Don Metil's tenure.
A couple of early kills from setter Jessie Vicic (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead in the first set. UMES and Hampton went back and forth until at 6-5 UMES, the Hawks went on a 4-0 run, including a Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) kill, on Vicic's serving for a 10-5 advantage. Hampton got to within three at 12-9 and later 13-10. UMES countered on Maline Vaitai's (Salt Lake City, Utah) serving with three points in a row, including an Ndidi Ibe (North Richland Hills, Texas) kill and Vaitai ace, for a 16-10 lead. Later, a 3-0 run by Hampton pulled the Pirates within four 19-15, but the Hawks kept the advantage and took the set 25-19.
In the second set, a pair of Vendula Strakova kills put Hampton
ahead 3-1. With help from a couple of Ibe kills, the Hawks tied the
game at four. At 5-5, the Pirates won four of the next five points,
including a block and dump kill by Bibiany Fonseca, to go up 9-6. UMES
again came back, taking five of the next seven, including an Ibe and
Williams combo block plus a Vaitai kill, to tie it up at 11. The two
sides exchanged points as UMES and Hampton tied it up at 16. The
Pirates got a 3-0 run on Fonseca's serving to go up 19-16. The Hawks
tried a third time to recover, but after a Hampton service error,
another 3-0 run by the home team, capped by a Krista Kraskura kill,
pushed Hampton up by five. The Pirates took the second set 25-19 to tie
At 2-2 in the third set, a pair of Kraskura kills aided a 4-0 Hampton run for a 6-2 Pirates lead. Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) earned a kill, followed by an Ibe and Vaitai combo block, to push UMES within two points. At 8-5, UMES got to within one after an Ibe kill and Vaitai ace. The two sides went back and forth when at 11-10 Hampton, the Pirates took the next three for a 14-10 lead. UMES got back a pair of points off an Iosia kill and Kraskura attack error, but could not bridge the gap. A Strakova kill and Kraskura and Marija Kocevska combo block were countered by an Ibe kill followed by an Iosia kill as UMES got back to within two 18-16. But that was as close as UMES got in the rest of the game, as Hampton did not allow back-to-back points again in the set. Four late Strakova kills pushed Hampton to a 25-21 set three win and 2-1 match lead.
Two kills and an ace from Kraskura put UMES in an early 4-2 hole in the fourth game. The Hawks took two of the next three points with kills from Ibe and Vaitai get within one point, but off Strakova's spin serve, Hampton got a 4-0 run for a 9-4 advantage. For the next set of points, the Hawks would win two points, followed by Hampton getting two points, but at 13-8 Hampton, Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger (St. Veiberstrabe, Austria) got the Hawks going with a kill. UMES took six of the next eight points, capped by an Ebster-Schwarzenberger kill, to get within one 15-14. After a Hampton point, a dump kill by Vicic and a Vaitai ace, tied the set at 16. Back and forth the team went as UMES took a 19-18 lead after a Strakova attack error. At 20-19, a Strakova kill and UMES attack error gave the lead to the home team, later going up 23-21. An exchange of points made it 24-22 Hampton. A Vaitai and Ibe combo block on Strakova stopped the first match point, and a Vaitai service ace kept the set alive for UMES at 24-24. But the Pirates took the last two points, started by Strakova's 31st kill, for a 26-24 win in set four and match victory.
Iosia had a double double for the second straight match, earning 15 kills with a .344 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Ibe led the Hawks with 17 kills, hitting .448, and four blocks. Vaitai also had four blocks, adding 11 kills.
Strakova completed the match with 31 kills, two aces and a .510 hitting percentage for Hampton. Kraskura had nine kills, two aces and six digs.
UMES will prepare for the upcoming MEAC Tournament, taking on the 4-seed from the MEAC South on Friday, November 16th at 1 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.