Match 27 (MEAC Competition)
Morgan State (5-21, 3-9 MEAC) v Maryland Eastern Shore (11-12, 6-6 MEAC)
Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland (Hill Field House)
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BALTIMORE, Md. (Nov. 2, 2021) – Two-game home winner Morgan State (5-21, 3-9 MEAC) will close the 2021 home team on Sunday, Nov. 7 when it hosts Maryland Eastern Shore to Hill Field House for a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) competition at 1 p.m. The game will also be Senior Day at Morgan State. Two year member Kendal Hoges and four-year-old member Jasmine perry, who will participate in their last home competition, will be honored before the start.
The Lady Bears just lost 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-16) to Delaware State on Friday night in Dover, Del. Gabriela Hiciano finished with a record 11 kills, while adding five digs, two assisted blocks, an assist and a service ace in the loss. Makila billingsley finished with eight wins and Mackenzie jefferson recorded a record 26 assists and a record nine digs, falling to a recovery of a double-double. Justyus jackson recorded four assisted blocks at the head of the team, including a solo block and Hiciano added two assisted blocks.
Maryland Eastern Shore (11-12, 6-6 MEAC) lost two games in a row, following a 3-1 (26-24, 17-25, 10-25, 25-9) loss at home to Coppin State on Friday .
MSU SERIES NOTES AGAINST THE RIVE: Morgan State leads the all-time series, 44-25 over the Maryland Eastern Shore. The Hawks, who retired from the 2021 spring season, won this season’s first meeting, 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-16, 25-22) at Princess Anne, Md. (10 / 17).
FOLLOWING : Morgan State will close the 2021 regular season on Friday, November 12 when it visits rival Coppin State at 6 p.m. at PEC Arena.
SAY GOODBYE: Morgan State will bid farewell to its two senior members for two years Kendal Hoges and four-year-old member Jasmine perry. The two will be honored at the Lady Bears Senior Day festivities ahead of their game against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
NOT SO FEELING AT HOME: Despite being on a two-game winning streak at home, the 2021 campaign has not been kind to Morgan State at home. The Lady Bears enter Sunday’s home final against Maryland Eastern Shore (11/7) with a 2-8 record at Hill Field House.
A NEW START: Morgan State improved to 2-2 in the MEAC game to start the second half of the league schedule, following a sweep from Norfolk State (10/31). The Lady Bears, who are currently 2-3 in their last five games, finished the first half with a 1-6 record in conference.
A FRESHMAN WILL DRIVE THEM: Freshman outside hitter Madison Grace totaled 231 kills (3.30 kills per set). A native of Clinton Township, Mich., Grace has reached 12 times the double-digit winning streak this season, including seven of the last eight games. Grace averages 13.1 kills per game in her first seven MEAC contests and ranks second in kills per set among the league leaders.
THIS IS ANOTHER HOME WIN: The Lady Bears earned their second straight home victory with a 3-0 loss to Norfolk State (10/31). The victory improved Morgan State to 2-8 at home this season. The Lady Bears earned their first home win of the season in nine tries, also with a 3-0 loss to South Carolina State on Homecoming (10/24). The victory ended a 10-game losing streak at Hill Field House dating back to the 2021 spring season.
ALWAYS UNBEATABLE: Morgan State improved to 25-0 over South Carolina State after a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs for Homecoming (10/24). The victory marked SC State’s second sweep this season.
BOZIER IS CLOSING TO 500 WINS: Morgan State Head Coach Ramona riley-bozier entered the fall season 2021 with 476 career wins, 24 less than the No.500. She is now 19 wins off the 500 win plateau. Riley-Bozier, who is Morgan State’s most successful all-time coach in all sports with 481 career wins as a volleyball coach, is also the all-time career leader of the softball program. with 161 wins in her nine seasons at the helm.
BOZIER ENTRY IN 34TH SEASON: Head Coach Morgan Ramona riley-bozier is entering his 34th season at the helm of the Lady Bear program. The most successful coach of all time at MSU (481), Riley-Bozier guided the Lady Bears to 88 consecutive wins in the MEAC North Division between 1994 and 2003. She led MSU to five MEAC Championships, three appearances at NCAA tournaments and has won the MEAC Coach of the Year award five times. Bozier also coached the softball team at MSU for nine seasons and in 1999 led the team to their first appearance in a MEAC title game. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Bozier is a graduate of MSU, where she made her debut in two sports in volleyball and track and field. She is one of 11 players in the program’s history to have recorded 1,000 career eliminations. On the track, Bozier was a three-time All-American and one of Morgan’s top triple jumpers. She still holds the UMBC 60-meter competition record (1983) and ran the first stage of the 4X100 relay, which in 1986 set the school record in 44.47 seconds, which also still stands. That team would also win the Penn Relays and finish second that year at the Division I Nationals. Bozier was inducted into the Morgan State Hall of Fame in 2003.
OPENING SERVICE: Morgan State has fallen to 9-20 in the season opener since the 1993 season, after falling to Cleveland State 3-0 in the home opener (8/27). The Lady Bears’ last win on Matchday 1 was a 3-2 home win over Seton Hall in the Morgan / Towson Invitational opener (8/30/19).
MORGAN EVEN SELECTED FOR THE FOURTH OF THE MEAC: Morgan State was chosen to finish tied for fourth with Maryland Eastern Shore in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason poll, as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors of the league. In 2020-21, the Lady Bears were selected to finish tied for third with Delaware State in the MEAC North Division and finished third.
THE CAPTAINS 2021 ANNOUNCE: Junior mid hitter Melanie Bataille (La Plata, Md.) Has been named the 2021 team captain, while the senior middle blockers Kendal Hoges (West Orange, NJ) and Jasmine perry (Bowie, MD) will serve as co-captains.
WELCOME TO THE CAVE: Morgan State welcomes the addition of eight newcomers to the 2021 squad, three freshmen, three sophomores and two junior transfers. These newcomers are first year students Trinity Carruthers (Grand Prairie, Texas), Madison Grace (Township of Clinton, Michigan) and Kayla gaddy middleton (Dayton, NJ) as well as second year transfers Makila billingsley (Plainfield, New Jersey), Justyus jackson (Davenport, Iowa) and Mackenzie jefferson (Prosper, Texas) and junior transfers Kamryn brown (Evergreen Park, Illinois), Jadore Hayes (Vine, Texas).
MORGAN WINS THE USMC / AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD: The Lady Bears volleyball program was honored as a recipient of the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 academic year. Morgan State had a team GPA of 3.62. It was the second year in a row that the team won this award. Last season, Morgan State, which received the award for the first time in program history, posted a team GPA of 3.48 for the 2019-20 academic year.
2021 MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP: This year’s MEAC 2021 Volleyball Championship returns to Washington, DC after a one-year hiatus. The Championship Tournament, held in Norfolk, Va., At Norfolk State University during the 2021 spring season, will take place November 19-21, 2021 at the Burr Gymnasium on the University’s campus Howard. The last time the tournament was held in the nation’s capital was during the 2019 season. Morgan State would reach the title game that season, falling to welcome Howard in a five-set thriller.
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