Volleyball Recaps: September 5
Jacksonville State 3, Alcorn State 1 (25-5, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17)
LORMAN, Miss. – Alcorn State fell to Jacksonville State in a four-set affair Tuesday afternoon, dropping to 0-9 on the season.
Singryd Valadares recorded six kills to lead the Lady Braves on offense, followed closely by Fiapaipai Iosia and Ashley Samuel with five kills each. Jasmine Chambers and Brittney Dumas contributed 13 and 11 assists respectively. Lurlethia Jones and Octavia Dixon both scored a pair of aces. On defense, Kaylyn Latin finished with 15 digs and Iosia followed with 10. Daharri Thompkins set a season high with five blocks and Valadares added a pair.
JSU (5-3) controlled the opening set, scoring eight unanswered to pull ahead 14-2 and closed with five straight points to take a 1-0 lead. In set two, Alcorn (0-9) trailed 7-4 before back-to-back aces by Jones highlighted a 5-0 run, allowing the Lady Braves to take control 11-8. After the Gamecocks knotted the set at 20-20 and again at 21-21, Alcorn outscored the visitors 4-1 to even the match at 1-1.
Alcorn kept it close early in the third, but JSU slowly pulled away to win 25-17. In the final set, the Lady Braves trailed 6-1 but were able to cut the visitor lead to 10-9. That would be the closest the team would get, though, as the Gamecocks pulled away 19-12 and held on for the victory.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
South Alabama 3, Alabama State 0 (25-22, 25-17, 31-29)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State University dropped a three-set thriller to the University of South Alabama at Lockhart Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Briana Dorsey, the reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Week, and Ni’yesha Brown each collected 13 kills to lead Alabama State (2-5) on the night. Kori Kutsch added 24 assists, while Justus Tuioloesga added 11 off the bench. Dorsey posted an impressive .600 attack percentage in the match. Defensively for Alabama State, Bayle’ Bennett led the way with eight digs, while Kutsch and Tuiolosega each added seven in the loss.
Alabama State dropped the first set 25-22 but battled back after trailing by as many as four early on. The Lady Hornets tied the match for the first time at 10-all, and took their first lead of the match at 15-14 in the opening set on a service ace by Justus Tuiolosega.
South Alabama came to take the lead and pushed it to 18-16, before Alabama State came back and tied the opening set at 19-all and again at 20-all on a kill from Briana Dorsey – before South Alabama scored five of the final seven points to win the set and take a 1-0 lead. After dropping the second set, Alabama State got out to an early seven-point advantage in the third stanza at 15-8 on a kill by Krysta Medearis. After South Alabama battled back to tie the match at 16-all, the Lady Hornets took the lead back at 17-16.
From that point, the two teams traded points until Dorsey put the Lady Hornets up by three on a pair of occasions – the last at 23-20. After South Alabama came back to tie the set at 23-all, a kill by Medearis was ruled out by mere inches before Dorsey tied it back up at 24-all. The two teams continued to trade set points, with Alabama State facing match point two times and fought both off before South Alabama was able to put the match away with a 31-29 victory in the third set.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Houston Baptist 3, Prairie View A&M 0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-12)
HOUSTON – After twice being delayed by Hurricane Harvey, the Prairie View A&M University volleyball team finally opened the 2017 season, losing at Houston Baptist 3-0.
The Lady Panthers lost by the scores of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-12. Prairie View shook off what looked to be some early jitters, tying the game several times over the course of the opening set, before the Huskies took the first set 25-16.
In the second set, the Lady Panthers flashed some outstanding defense to keep the game close. PVAMU kept its composure, rallying to close the deficit to one at 20-19 before HBU (5-0) pulled away.
Mykaeli Franklin led the Lady Panthers with 17 assists and 10 digs. Christen Augustine had eight digs, and Taylor Goudeau and Larissa Martinez each had seven kills.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Mississippi Valley State 3, Crowley's Ridge 0 (25-16, 25-14, 30-28)
Arkansas-Monticello 3, Mississippi Valley State 1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17)
MONTICELLO, Ark. - Mississippi Valley State split a tri-match Tuesday evening, collecting its first win of the year via a sweep of Crowley's Ridge before falling to host Arkansas-Monticello in four sets.
Against Crowley's Ridge, MVSU (1-5) traded blows with Crowley's Ridge early on before a 6-1 run turned a 8-7 Devilette lead into a 14-8 advantage, one that MVSU never relinquished en route to going ahead 1-0. After claiming set two by double-digits, extra time was required for the Devilettes to complete the sweep. The Devilettes pulled ahead 13-4 early on and appeared on their way to another comfortable set win, but CRC -- facing a 17-7 deficit at this time -- pulled within one on the strength of a 16-5 run.
Taylor Selfridge smacked down a kill to give MVSU a chance for match point, but CRC staved off the loss and had three chances to clinch the set, but the Devilettes managed to snatch it -- and the victory -- away on back-to-back errors from CRC.
Selfridge posted a double-double with 15 kills and 14 digs. MVSU's Jamie Polk also had a double dip with 32 helpers and 11 digs. Kalin Barnes put in 10 digs and nine kills. Briana Watkins posted six service aces for the Devilettes.
MVSU was unable to carry over that success versus Arkansas-Monticello, however, thanks in part to a .082 attack percentage. Both sides traded scoring runs in set one, but MVSU pulled ahead in the midway point and looked poised to take set one with a 20-17 lead. However, UAM outscored the Devilettes 8-1 to steal the frame.
The Devilettes started quickly in the next period, going ahead 5-1. However, the roles reversed from set one as Arkansas-Monticello went ahead and built a 20-17 lead. However, Selfridge asserted herself on behalf of the Devilettes down the stretch, putting down four of her team-leading 17 kills as part of an 8-2 run that tied the match.
Set three was another back-and-forth affair where UAM built a 20-15 advantage, only for it to evaporate as MVSU forced a 22-22 tie. However, UAM managed to stave off a Devilette comeback and win set three. UAM managed a 11-4 start to set four, a hole MVSU was ultimately unable to climb out of.
Selfridge also posted 14 digs for another double-double, and Polk put up 31 assists to go with 14 digs. Jessica Bell led Mississippi Valley with 25 digs, and Barnes posted 11 kills and 14 digs as well.