NORFOLK, Va. – On Friday night, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks played their second to last regular season game in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the Norfolk State Spartans hoping to remain perfect in conference play.
The match was very one-sided as the Hawks (25-7 overall; 11-0 MEAC) swept past the Spartans (3-22 overall; 0-11 MEAC), three sets to none (25-17; 25-10; 25-12) and stay at the top of the MEAC North standings.
Junior OH Lucia Babic led the Hawks with a match-high total of 15 kills. For the Spartans, their kill leader was Senior MB/OH Clarke Tyler, who had five for the match.
First set started off competitive as it featured six ties, with the last one coming at 12-12. The Spartans held close with the Hawks, never allowing them to hold more than a two-point lead until UMES had a 19-17 lead and after that, the Hawks would close out the set on a 6-0 run, capped off by Graduating Senior MB/OPP Mere Serea’s kill to win the first set, 25-17 and take a one set to none lead.
UMES completely dominated the second set as the smallest lead they held was three points (at 4-1). By the time the Spartans could reach double digits, the Hawks had more than doubled their score, holding a 21-10 lead. UMES would end the second set on a 4-0 run to take it, 25-10 and a dominating two sets to none lead.
For the Spartans, they would actually see their first lead of the match to begin the third set, as they started out on a 3-0 run. The Hawks would answer with a 3-0 run of their own to tie the score at 3, before the Spartans held their final lead of the match at 4-3. UMES would out-pace the Hawks from there 22-8 and take both the set at 25-12 and the match three sets to none.
The last Hawks game of the regular season and the chance to have the perfect conference record will come on Sunday, when they travel to play the Delaware State Hornets (3-24 overall; 3-8 MEAC). Starting game time is scheduled for 3:00 PM.