Volleyball Recaps: September 2
New Orleans 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-16)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alcorn State went down in its final match at the Tennessee State Tiger Invitational, falling to New Orleans in straight sets Saturday morning.
The Lady Braves (0-8) started quickly in set one, building a quick 4-1 lead. UNO managed to take the lead in short order, and after Alcorn tied it at 6-6, the Lady Privateers reeled off nine straight points to propel itself to a double-digit set victory.
Alcorn fell behind early in set two, looking at a 9-3 deficit in the early goings. The Lady Braves put together three quick points to get closer but that was as close as they'd get, ultimately fading down the stretch despite making things a bit interesting with a 3-0 spurt while facing match point down 24-17. Alcorn and New Orleans battled tightly in the final frame, but after getting to a 13-13 tie, UNO sealed it with a 12-3 run.
Daharri Thompkins and Fiapaipai Iosia led Alcorn with five kills each.
Louisiana-Lafayette 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-11)
LAFAYETTE, La. - Mississippi Valey State lost in straight sets to Louisiana-Lafayette during the Ragin' Cajuns Sawyer Camillo Invitational.
The difference in the contest was an insurmountable disadvantage in the hitting game. MVSU posted a .000 attack percentage as opposed to the Ragin' Cajuns' putting down a .460 clip. After kills from Kalin Barnes, Joilyn Azore and Jaime Polk put MVSU ahead 4-3 early on, ULL scored seven of the next eight points to go ahead 10-5. Barnes (four digs, three kills) and Azore (five kills) put MVSU within three (14-11), a 6-0 run ultimately sealed the set for the Ragin' Cajuns.
After a one-side set two in favor of ULL, MVSU was done in by allowing an 11-2 start to the final frame that held strong for ULL the rest of the way.
South Florida 3, Grambling State 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-10)
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Grambling State ended the Mississippi State Bulldog Invitational on a sour note, falling in straight sets to South Florida.
GSU (1-6), was outhit .313-.090 by the Lady Bulls, who pulled away in set one thanks to a 14-3 start to the frame. Grambling got no closer than eight the rest of the set. In set two, Joli Holland dished out consecutive service aces to spark the Lady Tigers as Grambling started with a 10-3 lead. The Lady Tigers controlled the set for the majority, but sputtered after gaining a 20-13 lead, from which point USF did the rest of the scoring.
Grambling was flat in the final set and never threatened for the rest of the match. The Lady Tigers, who were without Kevreion Ward in the match, got six kills from Chasity Nicks.
Portland 3, Alabama State 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-17)
PORTLAND, Ore. - Alabama State fell to 2-4 after a three-set loss at Portland to conclude the Pilots' North Harbour Marriott Invitational Saturday morning.
A 4-4 score in set one gave way to an 8-4 advantage for Portland, but ASU drew within two in short order (9-7). After Portland racked up three quick points, kills from Ni'yesha Brown and Krysta Medearis drew the Lady Hornets within three. Portland pulled away on the strength of an 8-2 run that gave them a double-digit lead.
Portland opened a 9-4 lead in set two, and after the Lady Hornets drew within three, ASU surrendered a 11-1 run to the Pilots that it was unable to overcome.
The sides battled to a 10-10 tie before a 4-0 run put Portland ahead 14-10, but this ultimately sparked a stretch where the Lady Hornets allowed Portland to get eight of nine points, leading to an 18-11 disadvantage. ASU was unable to mount enough offense to turn things around in the match.
Briana Dorsey led ASU with seven kills. It was a quiet night for Bayle' Bennett, who had no kills on 17 tries. Kayla Torress put up 13 digs for the Hornets.
Mercer 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-6, 28-26, 25-23)
MACON, Ga. - Alabama A&M fell to 0-4 after a straight-set loss to Mercer Saturday afternoon.
AAMU was unable to get out of the blocks in set one as a 15-3 start by Mercer led to an easy set win for the Bears. In set two, the opportunity to tie it was there for the Lady Bulldogs. As neither side could build a lead greater than three, Alabama A&M was set to tie it with a 22-19 lead. However, consectuive attack errors by AAMU's Paris Smith and Jaelin Gant helped spark a 4-0 Mercer run that allowed the Bears to steal the set thanks to an 9-4 advantage on the scoreboard down the stretch.
AAMU regrouped and again positioned itself for a set win after pushing ahead 18-15, but the Lady Bulldogs failed to put the Bears away as self-inflicted wounds again led to a set-closing run for Mercer.
Terra Brooks and Syretha Pride had five kills each for AAMU, with Pride adding six blocks. Meredith Sieck posted 18 helpers.
Nicholls State 3, Mississippi Valley State 1 (25-19, 25-10, 22-25, 25-8)
LAFAYETTE, La. - Mississippi Valley State dropped a four-set decision to Nicholls State in its final match of the Louisiana-Lafayette Sawyer Camillo Invitational Saturday afternoon.
MVSU (0-4) battled Nicholls closely throughout set one, as the Devilettes never allowed much separation between themselves and the Lady Colonels. But in the late stages, Mississippi Valley was unable to answer Nicholls' ability to score in bunches. Kalin Barnes delivered a kill to bring MVSU within one (18-17) but Nicholls closed the set on an 8-2 run.
After dropping a one-sided second set, Mississippi Valley got on the board as Barnes aided the Devilettes down the stretch. With MVSU up 13-10, Barnes asserted herself in netting five kills as the Devilettes held off a late charge from the Lady Colonels. However, MVSU came out flat in set four and never recovered.
Barnes had a double-double with 15 kills and 18 digs. Jaime Polk followed suit for MVSU with 24 assists and 16 digs with three service aces.
Northwestern State 3, Jackson State 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-11)
Troy 3, Jackson State 1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23)
TROY, Ala. - Jackson State ended its participation in the Troy Invitational on the wrong end of two defeats, as JSU fell to Northwestern State in straight sets and lost to host Troy in a hard-fought four-set affair.
Against NSU, JSU fell behind 5-0 to open the game. With that, Jackson State was forced to play catchup and eventually broke through when a Terri Irving kill sparked a 5-0 run that put the Tigers ahead 23-22. However, NSU scored three straight points -- two via JSU attack errors -- to steal the set. The roles reversed in set two as Jackson State controlled the pace before NSU strung together a comeback. JSU led 16-13 before allowed an 8-1 run that ultimately derailed the Lady Tigers' designs on tying the match.
JSU was unable to threaten in the final frame. Camry Dabney led the Tigers with eight kills.
Against Troy, JSU (1-5) and the Lady Trojans fought tooth and nail for much of the way in set one, before Troy put itself in the driver's set with a 20-15 run. The lead didn't last as JSU stormed ahead on the strength of Trojan errors and strong play from Alexandra Burney, who had three kills to help JSU outscore Troy 10-3 en route to winning the set.
After a lackluster set two, the match became a game of runs in set three before back-to-back kills by Dabney put Jackson State ahead 15-14. Troy reeled off five unanswered and while the Lady Tigers got to within one point twice, they were unable to overtake the Trojans down the stretch.
Jackson State was sluggish to start the final set, trailing 12-4 early. Dabney kept the Lady Tigers in it with multiple kills, and JSU managed to get within one late when -- at a point where Troy had a chance at match point up 24-20 -- the Trojans committed two attack errors and Tielar Richards put down a kill to make it 24-23, but Troy sealed it late.
Dabney had 11 kills.