PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Howard University women’s volleyball team capped off the weekend with a 3-1 victory (25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21) over rival Maryland Eastern Shore inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center and improved to 4-0 in conference play.
With the win, HU sits at top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division and one of two squads undefeated in league play (Other: North Carolina A&T State).
“We had a solid win today,” said Howard women’s volleyball head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “[We] are continuing to build each match towards our end of the year goals.”
Newcomer Macy Witt-Nobles (Rosharon, Texas) led the Bison attack with a team-leading nine kills, followed by junior Myca Mitchell (Clovis, Calif.) adding eight kills in the win.
Howard grabbed the upper hand early in set one and withstood multiple runs by Maryland Eastern Shore. Third-year libero Fola Wilson (Minneapolis) delivered the set point on a service ace and gave HU a 1-0 lead in the contest.
Maryland Eastern Shore controlled majority of game two. After freshman Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.) tied the set at five with a kill, the Hawks scored five unanswered and never relinquished to tie the match, 1-1.
After being deadlocked at one apiece, the Bison found their rhythm for set three. HU recorded a .500 hitting percentage with 12 kills and had only one attack error. Howard led from start to finish and took a 2-1 advantage into the fourth game.
Like game three, Howard took the early lead and controlled throughout. HU opened the set with back-to-back kills from Mitchell and redshirt sophomore Marcelle Butler (Canton, Ga.) and never looked back en route to a 4-0 start in MEAC play.
Freshman Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) registered her third double-double of the season, posting 21 assists and 10 digs. Fellow classmate setter Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) produced 16 assists in the victory.
Defensively, Wilson recorded a match-best 17 digs while junior Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) added 10 digs. Collectively, both Bison tallied nine service aces in the win.
For Maryland Eastern Shore (6-13, 1-3 MEAC), Ilina Spasova generated a match-leading 14 kills and nine digs in the loss.