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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hornets Have a Lot of Work to Do After Their 1st Win

It was a playoff type atmosphere at Memorial Hall, and its only the first game of the season. During the Hornets 63-56 victory over Washington Adventist back on November 14, the young Hornets made a lot of mistakes that would've cost DSU the game.

-The Hornets were shooting their shots in a hurry on fast breaks instead of setting up on offense like they always do. Some of their shots were off target and some of their shots didn't even hit the rim. Plus there was also a fastbreak missed dunk by Marques Oliver that made hornet fans riot Memorial Hall and forcing coach Greg Jackson to take him out of the game for a few minutes. No wonder DSU shot 36% from the field and 31% from three point land.

-The Hornets second mistake was turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. The Hornets made 15 turnovers in that game and made coach Jackson scratching his head and looking for answers. Once again they didn't slow down the ball during most of the game.

-Last but not least missing a lot of free throws. DSU made their 1st three free throws in the 1st half, but in the second half the Hornets shot 48% from the free throw line and 54% for the game. Hornets practice your free throws.

This is a very young Hornets team that has a lot of work to do in so little time this season. DSU has to mature every single game in order to compete for a MEAC Championship come March.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lady Hornets Volleyball Gained Momentum with a Home Winning Streak

With the MEAC Volleyball Tournament coming up on November 17th, the Delaware State Lady Hornets volleyball team wanted to build momentum by trying to win the final four home games of the season.

Guess what, mission accomplished because defeated four MEAC teams in a span of a week.

Lets start with last weekend with November 5 and November 7 when the lady hornets sweep both Morgan State and Coppin State 3-0. Both of those games were season sweep.

Then on Veterans Day, Lady Hornets Hornet had a great battle with Howard University in 3-1 victory thanks to Jessica Croucher's 12 kills.

Last but not least in their home finale on November 12, the Lady Hornets had to win the final two series to beat North Carolina Central 3-2.

Playing in her final game as a DSU Hornet, senior Sarah Wheatcort had her very first career triple double with 12 kills, 17 assists, and 14 digs.

During the lady hornets four game winning streak, DSU has owned opponents in attack percentage 27% to .08%.

Now that the regular season is over the lady hornets will begin the MEAC Tournament as the number two seed when they take on Norfolk State Friday in the quarterfinals. Good luck to the Lady Hornets volleyball team in the MEAC Tournament.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Anthony Glaud Having a Field Day on Senior Day

During the Hornets 29-7 victory over North Carolina Central, Hornets quarterback Anthony Glaud knew he must perform well in his final home game in a DSU uniform because he makes any more turnovers, that will mean that's his Hornet career will end on a very sour note.

So what did Anthony Glaud do to impress Hornets fans, by completing 80% of his passes without committing a turnover.

Glaud was nearly perfect all game long ever since the start of the first possession. Glaud was spreading the wealth to six different Hornet receivers that allowed him to throw for 224 yards and almost half of those yards belong to new favorite target Justin Wilson, who finished with eight catches for 124 yards.

Glaud also made some key running plays that lead that help the Hornets extend their scoring drives.

-During the Hornets opening drive of the game Anthony Glaud used a quarterback sneak from the Eagle one  yard line to scored the hornets first touchdown of the game.

-On the Hornets third possession of the game, Glaud ran for 15 yards and two 1st downs that lead to the Hornets 2nd touchdown of the game.

-On the Hornets 1st possession on the 3rd quarter, Glaud found a big whole to gain 15 yards to the North Carolina 27 yard line that set up the Hornets third touchdown.

Anthony was all over the field for DSU and the Eagles defense had no answer throughout the entire game. Now lets see if Anthony can finished the season on a very strong note and try to win the final two road games of the season versus Norfolk State this Saturday and Howard November 20.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Disappointing Performance by the Hornets Defense

What is wrong with the Hornets defense? Are they afraid to tackle? Do they keep getting burned by the offensive line? Do they stay on the field too long ? Did they allowed too many big plays for big yards?

All the questions were answered in the Hornets 38-21 home defeat at the hands of South Carolina State.

The Hornets defense were off to a great start in the 1st quarter by forcing South Carolina State to fumble the football twice deep into Hornets territory.

However, from the 2nd quarter through the 4th quarter, the Hornets defense went to sleep in a hurry creating a bunch of gaps for Bulldog quarterback Malcolm Long to throw some great passes to nine different receivers, run for the first downs, also allowed his teammate running back Chris Merrill to run 171 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown.

The Hornets defense has allowed a total of 464 offensive including 253 yards on the ground for a total of 24 points.

I bet the Hornets defensive coordinator Ray Petty is going to have sleepless nights once again just like that Bethune-Cookman game and the Morgan State game last month. What can the hornets defense do to help the Hornets offense? Something tell me they have a lot of work to do throughout the rest of this season and the off-season before the 2011 season returns. Besides next year the Hornets defense is only going to lose three seniors on defense so I won't bash on the Hornets defense too much but they need to find in fill the holes they created in order to create turnovers and less yards.

Plenty of Tricks and Treats for Hornet Fall Sports

There were plenty of tricks and treats for Delaware State Hornets sports on Halloween Weekend. Now the question is where do start with the tricks (bad news) or the treats (good news).

Lets start with the treats for DSU Sports:

Lady Hornets Volleyball
Friday October 29
It was a great historic home win for the lady hornets volleyball team as they snap UMES's 36 MEAC match winning streak by winning 3-2 in five sets (18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13). For University of Maryland Eastern Shore it was their 1st loss since November 9, 2006 against Morgan State.

The Lady hornets had a two big advantages during their win by outhitting the Hawks with a .254 hitting percentage (61 kills/25 errors/142 attacks) to the Hawks .201 hitting percentage (58 kills/29 errors/144 attacks). Also DSU had 11 blocks to the Hawks six in order to secured the victory. This should gain even more momentum throughout the rest of the season for lady hornets volleyball.

Men's and Lady Hornets Cross Country
Saturday October 30
Plenty of treats to go around for the men's and lady hornets cross country team as they both finished in the top 10 at the 2010 MEAC Cross Country Championships

The lady hornets finished 4th in the standings thanks to a great performance by All-MEAC honoree Dashera Richardson who finished 7th out of the 78 runners with a impressive time of 18:41.70 in the 5K course.

Meanwhile the Hornet men finished 6th in the standings thanks to All-MEAC honoree Andre McDonald who finished 14th in the 8K course with a career best of 26:28.30.
There were also some tricks as the Hornets come up empty handed in their defeats.

Hornets Football
October 30
The Hornets football team wanted to make a statement at home versus the two time MEAC Champion South Carolina State. Instead that statement was wipe off cleanly from the start in a 38-21 defeat.

DSU started strong in the 1st quarter when the Hornets scored but since then, the Bulldogs outscored the Hornets 38-14 from the 2nd quarter to the 4th quarter. The only bright spot for Delaware State was Justin Wilson who had a career field day nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.

The Hornets defense allowed the Bulldogs to racked up 464 yards on offense. That's a chunk full load of yards for a defense who is last in the MEAC in the giving up yards per game.

Lady Hornets Volleyball
October 31
I guess Howard University wanted more candy than the lady hornets volleyball team because DSU lost 3-2 on the road. The Hornets lost the fifth and deciding game thanks to six attack errors.

Erica Tajchman had made 1,000th kill in a losing effort for the lady hornets.
Maybe its was all the ghosts and goblins they tried to haunt DSU Sports during Halloween week, but no matter what they will always call the ghostbusters. In other words Hornets will look to wrap fall sports on a strong positive note in November.