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Lady Hawks Begin Home-Stand Against Lady Bears

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore begins its four-match play at home against Morgan State University on Oct. 31.

The Lady Hawks ended a six-match road trip and finished the final four regular-season matches at William P. Hytche Athletic Center. During the last match, UMES lost to Howard in three straight sets, 3-0. The Lady Hawks rallied late in the first set, and fell to the Lady Bison, 25-20. Coming up short in the second set, UMES continued to battle, but lost to Howard 25-15. In the final set, Howard finished the match and swept the series by scoring the final seven out of 13 points to win the set, 25-18.

For the second straight match, sophomore Diara Lewis (Columbia, SC) led the Hawks with seven kills. Freshman Precious Manu (Carson, CA) contributed with a team-high nine assists, while senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) led the team with 15 digs. Sophomore Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) posted five kills and a dig while freshman Haley Robinson (Honolulu, HI) added three kills and an assist. Li and freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) each tallied six assists during the loss.

Entering Thursday night's game, the Lady Hawks come in 3-17 overall (2-6 MEAC) while the Lady Bears will start the game with a 10-12 overall record (5-4 MEAC,) including a sweep over the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division leader Hampton University, 3-0. UMES maintains their spot as sixth whereas Morgan State holds the third spot in the MEAC North. Only the top four teams from the division quality for the MEAC Tournament taking place at Coppin State University in Baltimore. On Oct. 11, the Lady Bears defeated UMES in four sets, 3-1. Robinson led the Lady Hawks with 14 kills and a .300 hitting percentage. Rosales performed strong, posting 34 assists, five kills and five digs while Li led the team with 13 digs. For Morgan State, three Lady Bears tallied up 10+ kills that were led by Samantha Prescott. Ngebui Chafeh recorded match-high 50 assists with Arianna Hayden registering 19 digs in the victory. Since the game, Morgan State is at the top in two defensive categories: opponent hitting percentage (pct.) and blocks per set. Janelle Wilson and Zuri Smith sit in the top-10 for two MEAC categories: hitting pct. and blocks per set. As of today, Wilson and Smith are seventh and eighth in the hitting pct. group. Both of the Lady Bears are tied for seventh in the blocks per set class. For the Lady Hawks, Rosales remains ranked among the top helpers in the conference as she maintains ninth place with 5.93. As of right now, Li is second in the MEAC conference in digs per set with 4.27. She trails Florida A&M's Joanie Del Castillo (4.84) and is slightly above Coppin State's Gabrelle Otero (4.21.)

After Thursday's match, the team will prepare for a game against conference rival Coppin State on Sunday, Nov. 3.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawks athletics, visit http://www.umeshawks.com.

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