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BALTIMORE - Bethune-Cookman meets defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion UMES in the MEAC tournament Friday at 1 p.m. at Coppin State.

TOURNAMENT TIME:  The Lady Cats are seeded fourth in the Southern Division after compiling a 5-5 league play this season. UMES won the Northern Division with an 11-1 mark. This will be the third time in four years B-CU and UMES have met in the tournament, with the Hawks taking a 2009 semifinal win and a 2010 quarterfinal decision.

B-CU has made the tournament semifinals three of the past four years, but has never played in the championship game.

AGAINST THE NORTH: B-CU was 0-3 against MEAC Northern Division teams this season, falling to Hampton, Morgan State and Coppin State. Last year, B-CU was 3-0, with regular season wins against UMES and Hampton and a five-set decision over Morgan State in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

ABOUT UMES:  Middle blocker Ndidi Ibe and setter Jessie Vicic were named to the MEAC first team.  Ibe earned  her first all-conference selection in her senior season after becoming the fi rst MEAC player this season to earn triple digit kills and blocks.  Vicic is named the First Team All-MEAC setter for the second season in a row after earning 1,206 assists in 2012, the most in the conference.

With 232 aces in 113 sets, the Hawks lead the MEAC and stand second in Division I in aces per set, averaging 2.05 aces per game. Saitaua Iosia, the MEAC preseason player of the year who missed part of the season to injury,  leads the MEAC leader with 0.70 aces per set.

B-CU UPDATE: Krysta Gardner is ranked seventh in the conference in kills per set (3.37) and fifth in service aces (0.44), in which she was also ranked 18th nationally. She is also fifth in points scored per set (4.04). Gardner became B-CU's all-time leader in three categories this season - kills (1,185 as 11/15/12), attempts (3,387) and service aces (134).

Jennifer Jimenez, who became B-CU's all-time digs leader (857) is eighth in the MEAC in that category (2.63 per set)  while Janeen Davis is tenth (2.58). Freshman Monica Lowe averaged 8.43 assists per set during conference play.

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