Morgan's unsung McGirt becomes a Player of Week


State notebook

October 31, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Yolanda McGirt has dedicated nearly four years of her life to Morgan State's volleyball team.

But until yesterday, the senior outside hitter from San Diego had never been the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Player of the Week.

That's why there was unbridled joy in McGirt's voice when she learned of that honor in her dorm room.

"One of my goals this year was to get this MEAC award for the first time," McGirt said as she shared her excitement with roommate Kladijah Thomas. "She doesn't play volleyball, but I call her our No. 1 fan."

McGirt said she and Thomas would celebrate last night by "going out to eat or catching a movie."

It really is kind of amazing how the MEAC volleyball award has managed to escape McGirt, who continues to climb toward the top of the school's all-time kills and digs lists. She needs just 30 kills to pass Kim Wood (1,094) on the all-time list and is fourth on the career digs list (906).

McGirt's award-winning performance included a 3-0 victory over Howard and a 3-1 win over Hampton. She made a big splash against Hampton with a season-high 20 kills, seven digs, and six service aces, giving her 33 kills, 12 digs and nine service aces for the week.

While McGirt has been on a tear, the Morgan team also has flourished with an 8-0 start in the MEAC that has improved the Bears' record to 17-12.

Top Bulldog gets noticed

Bowie State senior Tim Washington will be moving from center to power forward this season, but his status as one of Division II basketball's top big men hasn't changed. He is a pre-season honorable mention selection on Street & Smith's NCAA Division II All-America team.

The 6-foot-9 Washington averaged 19.3 points and 8.9 rebounds last season, leading the Bulldogs to their first 20-win season (20-8) and their first trip to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament semifinals.

Washington's switch will enable Virginia Tech transfer Jon Smith to play center for a team favored to finish first in the CIAA's Eastern Division.

Bowie's women, led by sophomores Allyson Hardy and Rachill Robinson, have been picked to take second place in the CIAA East.

Hopkins' All-Star

Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Missi Schafhauser has been chosen to play in the 2002 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III North-South Senior All-Star game.

Schafhauser recorded her fourth shutout of the season Tuesday, blanking No. 2 McDaniel, 1-0, for the No. 20 Blue Jays. She has started all 17 games this season, posting a 1.61 goals-against-average and making 123 saves. The Jays lead the Centennial Conference with a 6-1 record; they're 11-6 overall.

Schafhauser established a school record with 40 saves in a game last season against always-strong Salisbury University.

Champs on display

The national champion St. Mary's College sailing team will be one of 18 competing Saturday and Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association's fall championships at St. Mary's.

The top 16 of the 18 teams qualified through regional eliminations earlier this fall, and all will be out to capture the War Memorial Trophy. Competition begins Saturday at 9.30 a.m.

The 17 teams scheduled to compete in addition to St. Mary's are: Navy; Maryland; UMBC; Washington College; Georgetown; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Old Dominion; Columbia; Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Cornell; Queen's University; New York Maritime College; Fordham; Christopher Newport; Hampton; the College of Charleston; and Dartmouth.

Et cetera

The UMES women's bowling team, led by senior Lori Rumping, has finished its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division schedule unbeaten in five tournaments. UMES heads to Atlanta this weekend for the Brunswick Southern Classic.

Freshman Vinnie Piscopo ran his Loyola soccer team-leading scoring total to four goals and seven assists (11 points) last week, scoring twice in a 2-2 tie with Siena College. Piscopo has led the Greyhounds to a 7-4-3 overall record and 4-0-1 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Loyola has a 29-game unbeaten streak in MAAC regular-season games.

Loyola College senior outside hitter Mary Hamsher recorded her third and fourth volleyball triple doubles of the season in three matches last week. Hamsher began the tear by just missing a triple double against Delaware with a match-high 19 kills, 18 assists and nine digs. Then, against Fairfield, she posted 21 kills, 20 assists and 14 digs, ending her show with 17 kills, 28 assists and 13 digs against Iona.

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