BALTIMORE – Battling back from down two sets, UMES survived a five-setter against Hampton (15-25, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 15-13), helped by a career-high 23 kills by Victoria Williams and 21 by Saitaua Iosia, to return to the MEAC Championship match tomorrow at noon.
UMES improves to 27-5, while Hampton ends their season at 19-14. UMES advances to the MEAC title match for the second year in a row and fifth time in six years under Don Metil's tenure.
The Hawks will be defending their MEAC title for the first time in school history. "It is exciting for us to be back," says head coach Metil, "The amount of adversity we have gone through this year, the team fought back through those situations, and we are ecstatic to be here."
Leading Hampton with 26 kills was Strakova, hitting .346 with six digs and four blocks. Sonja Maksimovic had 11 kills and three blocks, while Krista Kraskura hit .444 with eight kills and eight digs. UMES will take on the winner of Florida A&M-Norfolk State for the conference championship at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore on Sunday at noon.