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Volleyball Recaps: September 1

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/01/2017
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Houston Baptist 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-8)

LAFAYETTE, La. - Mississippi Valley State had an unfavorable start to its season with a straight-set defeat versus Houston Baptist during the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Sawyer Camillo Volleyball Classic Friday morning.

The Devilettes (0-1) battled the Lady Huskies tightly in the early goings, leading 4-3 in game one but HBU pushed ahead with a 13-3 run that put the Lady Huskies in the driver's seat for the remainder of the set. The Devilettes struggled from there, particularly in their attack game. Mississippi Valley hit at a combined -.232 percentage in the final two sets and HBU capitalized with a 10-1 open to set two and a 11-3 start to set three that the Devilettes were unable to rebound from as the stanzas progressed.

Kalin Barnes put down nine digs, six kills and one block to lead MVSU. Jaime Polk put up 11 helpers.

Evansville 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-14)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff faded down the stretch of a three-set loss to Evansville Friday morning to open the Redhawks Invitational as hosted by Southeast Missouri State.

In what was a story of runs in set one, UAPB (1-4) shook off a early 4-0 deficit to tie the Purple Aces. After numerous ties and lead changes, kills by Taylor Sheppy and Kendalle Howard handed the Lady Lions an 18-15 advantage before Evansville's Allana McInnis delivered three straight service aces to aid a 4-0 run for the Purple Aces. UAPB tied it at 19, but self-inflicted gaffes handed Evansville four of its next six points as the Aces went ahead 1-0.

From there, UAPB looked to rebound and in another tightly-contested frame -- at least early on -- the Lady Lions took a brief lead as kills from Sheppy and Taylor Burrall put them ahead 12-11. However, UAPB surrendered 14 of the set's next 16 points, and with it came a 2-0 deficit heading into set three.

Undeterred, UAPB flew out of the gate of the final frame with a 5-0 run that gave the Lady Lions a 7-4 lead, but as was the story all match, the Lady Lions could not protect the lead from Evansville. After going ahead 10-8, UAPB faded to the tune of allowing Evansville to close the match on a 17-4 run.

Sheppy led all UAPB hitters with eight kills, and Howard and Burrall added six each. Britney Sahlmann had 20 assists, five digs and two kills. Jade Sanlin posted 14 digs.

Tulane 3, Grambling State 0 (25-8, 25-22, 25-16)

STARKVILLE, Miss. -  Grambling State fell in straight sets to Tulane during the Mississippi State Bulldog Invitational Friday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers (1-4) were largely overrun in set one, but rebounded to keep things closer in the next frame. After back-and-forth action, Grambling managed a 16-14 lead, but after a Green Wave timeout, the sides were nip and tuck the rest of the frame. After a spike from GSU's Kevreion Ward tied things at 21, Tulane ultimately won out as Grambling committed three crucial errors that gifted Green Wave points.

Grambling started slow in set three but eventually overcame an early 4-0 deficit to tie things at 8-8. However, the Lady Tigers got off track from that point and were unable to recover, as they allowed Tulane to go on a 12-2 run that resulted in a double-digit deficit that was ultimately insurmountable.

Desiree Bishop led GSU with six kills, and Ward put down five. L'Murriel Thrower posted 12 assists and five digs, and Erineka Mollere collected a team-high 12 digs.

Fresno State 3, Alabama State 1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A valiant effort from Alabama State fell short in a four-set loss to Fresno State during the University of Portland's North Harbour Marriott Invitational.

The Lady Hornets (2-2) were forced to play catch up early, falling behind 6-2 to the Lady Bulldogs -- with five of Fresno State's point directly resulting from ASU miscues. Alabama State managed to regroup, but despite its best efforts were unable to get closer than within two for much of the first set. Down 23-17, Alabama State made things interesting as Bayle' Bennett took charge, smacking down four kills during a 6-1 Lady Hornet run that put ASU within one (24-23), but following a Fresno State timeout, the Lady Bulldogs escaped with the 1-0 set lead following a Madelyn Halteman kill.

In set two, Alabama State was the side that roared out to a quick start, taking a 4-2 lead in the initial stages. The Lady Hornets never trailed in the period and ultimately pulled away on the heels of a 9-3 run -- aided by two Payten Clark kills -- that pushed their lead from 9-8 to 18-11. Frenso State got no closer than three (22-19), at which point Bennett slammed the door on a potential comeback with two kills to held ASU tie the match.

Alabama State and Fresno State continued to battle in set three before the Lady Hornets looked poised to take a 2-1 lead after building a 14-11 advantage midway through. However, the Lady Bulldogs reeled off six straight points -- half of them gifted by attack errors from Bennett and Clark -- to gain control. After a Ni'yesha Brown spike brought the Lady Hornets' deficit down to 21-20, Frenso State sealed the frame with a 4-0 run, and the Lady Bulldogs nearly ran away with set four thanks to a 12-6 start. Alabama State refused to quit and eventually tied it at 15, but after back-and forth play left it at 18-17 in favor of Fresno State, the Lady Hornets faded away after allowing a 7-1 run.

For ASU, Clark and Briana Dorsey netted 12 kills each, with Dorsey adding five blocks and four digs. Brown (eight kills) and Bennett (seven kills) posted 12 digs apiece, and Kori Kutsch dished out 23 helpers, with Justus Tuiolosega added 16 of her own.

Tennessee State 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-14)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alcorn State (0-6) fell to Tennessee State in straight sets during TSU's Tiger Invitational Friday afternoon.

After a forgettable first set where Alcorn State sputtered down the stretch -- the Lady Braves were outscored 19-3 at one point in the frame -- Alcorn managed a better effort in set two. The Lady Braves were able to get the contest at 7-6 after a kill from Alondra Rivera Modesto, but TSU pulled forward with a 6-2 run, and Alcorn got no closer than within three.

A 7-1 TSU run following a 2-2 tie put Alcorn at a 9-3 deficit, and the Lady Braves were unable to mount consistent offense to chip away at the lead, as Alcorn trailed by at least five the rest of the way.

Modesto led Alcorn with eight kills.

Winthrop 3, Jackson State 0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-14)

TROY, Ala. - Jackson State fell in straight sets to Winthrop during the Troy Trojans Invitational on Friday.

Jackson State (1-3) was slow out of the gate in set one, as Winthrop netted the frame's first seven points, and the Lady Tigers were unable to recover. In set two, Winthrop went ahead 9-6, but JSU asserted itself to the tune of a 11-3 run aided by several attack errors from the Lady Eagles and went ahead 17-12. Jackson State allowed Winthrop to score 12 of the frame's next 15 points before kills by Camry Dabney and Terri Irving brought JSU within one.

Winthrop managed to close the second set following a timeout and ultimately pulled away down the stretch of what began as a back-and-forth third stanza.

Dabney, Madison Wolf and Alexandra Burney each put down five kills. Tyler Moorer chipped in 10 digs, and Sapphire Simpson paced JSU with 11 assists.

Jacksonville State 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-15)

LAFAYETTE, La. - Mississippi Valley State dropped a straight-setter to Jacksonville State in its second match of the day in Louisiana-Lafayette Sawyer Camillo Invitational.

MVSU (0-2) matched Jacksonville State nearly stride for stride early on, holding a slim lead in the initial stages before a 7-2 run put the Gamecocks ahead. JSU eventually put together a 7-0 run that pushed its lead to double-digits. After a 9-3 start by the Gamecocks, MVSU allowed an 8-3 run that put the Devilettes out of contention in set two, and was done in during set three by a sluggish start where MVSU surrendered a 12-3 open to the period.

Kalin Barnes led MVSU with eight kills and 10 digs.

Florida International 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-12)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alcorn State fell to 0-7 on the year after a three-set defeat against Florida International during the Tennessee State Tiger Invitational.

Alcorn State started strongly in set one, playing FIU tough. The Lady Braves led for most of the way until two kills by FIU's Taija Thomas sparked a 5-0 run that tied things at 12. Undeterred, Alcorn came back with a quick three points, but FIU returned fire with a 5-0 run that gave the Lady Panthers the lead. Alcorn responded with another 3-0 run but FIU managed to steal the set down the stretch.

After allowing FIU to go on a 10-0 start to set two that left them unable to recover in the frame, the Lady Braves lost their handle on set three when -- at which point the set was tied 7-7 -- FIU put up a quick run to push ahead. Alcorn got the contest within 14-12 but went scoresless the rest of the way.

Alondra Rivera Modesto and Fiapaipai Iosia put down eight kills each for Alcorn.

Stephen F. Austin 3, Grambling State 0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-13)

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Grambling State was defeated by Stephen F. Austin in straight sets Friday during its second match of the Mississippi State Bulldog Invitational.

GSU (1-4) was nearly out of the first set quickly as the Lady Jacks scored the first four points of the match. The Lady Tigers quickly regrouped, however, remaining somewhat within striking distance before the set got away from them thanks to a 7-0 run that took SFA from a 14-10 lead to a 21-10 advantage.

It was unfortunately more of the same for the Lady Tigers as an 11-3 start by the Lady Jacks was too much for Grambling to overcome in set two. Grambling battled SFA to a 5-5 tie in set three before the Lady Jacks put up six unanswered and ultimately closed the deal.

Kevreion Ward led GSU with seven kills. L'Murriel Thrower put in 11 digs and Erineka Mollere added 10.

Mercer 3, Alabama A&M 1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-20)

MACON, Ga. - Alabama A&M dropped a hard-fought four-set decision at Mercer Friday evening, falling to 0-3 on the season.

A tightly-contested first set ultimately gave way to Mercer as the Lady Bulldogs surrendered an 10-3 run to the Lady Bears that broke open an 8-8 set. Terra Brooks and Paris Smith nailed back-to-back kills as AAMU tried to cut into the deficit, and the Lady Bulldogs managed to get within one (20-19) before Mercer scored the frame's final five points.

Alabama A&M was much stronger in the next period, opening up an 8-2 lead to start things off. However, consecutive attack miscues aided a Mercer comeback to where AAMU's lead was just 15-14. The Lady Bulldogs shook off the mistakes momentarily, but Mercer surged ahead and ultimately had two chances at match point with a 24-22 lead. However, Riley Balsmeyer and Brooks put down back-to-back kills as the Lady Bulldogs snatched the set away to tie the match with four unanswered points.

After set three saw AAMU cough up an 18-17 lead and allowed a 8-1 run to close the frame in favor of Mercer, AAMU pushed ahead in set four with a 12-7 advantage. Mercer responded with seven unanswered points, before AAMU tied the set at 20-20. However, Mercer prevailed with a 5-0 run punctuated by attack errors from Brooks and Smith.

Brooks (seven digs) put up 12 kills, Jaelin Gant chipped in 10 and Smith had nine. Meredith Sieck posted 23 assists and seven digs.

Southeast Missouri State 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-18)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) was outhit .321 - .045 in a three-set loss to host Southeast Missouri State in the Redhawk Invitational on Friday evening.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff was overwhelmed by a 13-4 start by the Redhawks in set one. UAPB posted a 4-1 run to close to gap a bit, but SEMO closed the set on a 11-4 run. After being unable to parlay a strong start into a potential set win -- the Lady Lions held a 4-3 lead over the Redhawks that ultimately disappeared via a 13-5 run -- during set two, UAPB came out firing in set three. The Lady Lions pushed ahead 8-5 after a kill from Lisa Casimie and an ace from Katy Hufnagel. Leading 15-14, UAPB lost control of the stanza thanks to an 8-1 Redhawk run that boosted SEMO to the match win.

Taylor Sheppy and Kendalle Howard had six kills apiece for UAPB.

Oregon State 3, Alabama State 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-14)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Alabama State (2-3) fell in straight sets to Oregon State during its nightcap at the University of Portland's North Harbour Marriott Invitational Friday night.

Briana Dorsey led Alabama State for the second consecutive match with nine kills, while Bayle' Bennett added six and Krysta Medearis five in the loss. Kori Kutsch led the Lady Hornets with 22 assists, while Bennett added five digs.

The two teams traded points through the first 16 as the two teams were tied at 8-all, and again two other times. After the Lady Hornets took an 11-10 lead, Oregon State opened a 10-2 run to take a nine-point lead in the opening set that would stand the rest of the way. In the second set, Oregon State jumped out to an 8-1 lead over Alabama State, before the Lady Hornets battled their way back into the set. The Lady Hornets pulled to within three a pair of times, and were able to get to within a pair (19-17) on an attack error by Oregon State; however the Beavers scored six of the set's final eight points to take a 2-0 match lead.

In the third and final set,  Oregon State jumped to a double-digit lead just 18 points into the set. The lead would stay there as the Beavers were able to close out the match.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications