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Volleyball Recaps: September 9

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Release: 09/09/2017
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Arkansas State 3, Southern 0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-15)
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Central Florida 3, Southern 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-22)
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CONWAY, Ark. - Southern (0-7) was swept by Arkansas State and Central Florida during Saturday action at the Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Classic.

Against Arkansas State, the Jaguars had a set one to forget as Arkansas State opened up with an 18-6 lead that held strong the rest of the frame. Southern started quickly in the next set, but the advantage was short-lived as the Jaguars allowed a 9-3 run that took away their early 3-0 lead. The Jaguars lurked for much of the set but faded after getting within 19-15.

The sides battled to a 13-13 tie in the final set but the Jaguars surrended eight straight points in what was the decisive run of the match. Briana Hawkins had a team-leading 11 digs -- as did Bailey Jefferson -- and a team-best five kills. Arabella Hall, Paige Hall and Shelby Jolly each posted four kills.

Southern had a better start to its first set against UCF, trailing 9-8 early before a 6-0 run sparked the Knights down the stretch of the period. Similar to its second set against Arkansas State, the Jaguars began with a 3-0 lead before a 13-4 run turned it around for Central Florida.

Up 8-6 in set three after a kill from P. Hall, Southern began misfiring during a 9-1 UCF run. Southern regrouped late to make it interesting but were unable to overtake the Knights in the end.

P. Hall had 11 kills in the match.

Memphis 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-14)
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RUSTON, La. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost to Memphis in three sets Saturday afternoon during the Lady Techster Invitational at Louisiana Tech.

UAPB (1-9) was led by Taylor Sheppy with seven kills. Taylor Smart had eight digs, and Kendalle Howard posted two blocks.

UAPB trailed 10-3 in set one but closed to within 13-9 thanks to kills by Taylor Burrall and Emily McCook, but an 8-2 Memphis run snuffed out UAPB's comeback attempts. After a one-sided second set, Arkansas-Pine Bluff allowed six of the first seven points of the third frame. A quick three-point spurt pulled UAPB back into it, but a 7-0 response from Memphis left the Lady Lions trailing by double-digits. From that point, UAPB was never able to gain ground on Memphis.

Jacksonville State 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11)
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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Mississippi Valley (1-7) fell in straight sets to Jacksonville State during JSU's Jefferson's and State Farm Invitational Saturday morning.

Kalin Barnes led Valley with 10 kills, and Taylor Selfridge added eight. Jamie Polk was a dig shy of a double-double with 18 assists and nine digs.

While Barnes and Selfridge found some success, they ultimately accounted for nearly all of the kills the Devilettes were able to muster (18/21). JSU started quickly in game one with a 7-3 lead. Valley was able to get within one (9-8) after back-to-back Selfridge kills, but a 12-3 run was too much to overcome in the frame. It was nearly the same in the next frame as MVSU shook off a sluggish open to get within two of the Lady Gamecocks before an 11-2 run took MVSU from trailing 11-9 to trailing 22-11. The Devilettes again sputtered out of the gate in set three and never recovered.

Arkansas-Little Rock 3, Texas Southern 0 (25-16, 25-20, 26-24)
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Tulsa 3, Texas Southern 0 (25-8, 25-23, 25-15)
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Texas Southern dropped two straight-setters to Arkansas-Little Rock and Tulsa Saturday morning, falling to 0-4 on the year.

Nicole Robinson put down six kills and added four blocks for TSU against Little Rock. Nia Stone had five blocks, and Asia Howard put up 13 assists.

Texas Southern stormed ahead with a 10-5 start to the match but allowed an 8-2 run to the Trojans to fall behind 13-12. The momentum swing that resulted allowed Little Rock to win the set relatively comfortably. In set two, the Lady Tigers trailed 17-7 before putting together an 8-1 run on the strength of kills from Robinson and Kirby Anderson as well as two service aces by Ellena Torres. Unfortunately, the Tigers got no closer than three.

In the final set, Texas Southern largely dominated the frame, going ahead 16-11 at the midpoint and pushing ahead with a 24-21 lead with multiple set point chances, but UALR's Mya Robinson put down a kill and TSU made four straight attack errors, ultimately handing the set and match to Little Rock.

After being overrun in set one versus Tulsa, Texas Southern avoided a similar fate in set two as the Lady Tigers shook off an 8-4 defict with a 5-0 run punctuated by a kill from Alexis Austin. The Golden Hurricane pulled back in front, but Texas Southern tied it at 21 and eventually went ahead 23-22. However, three straight Tulsa points snuffed out the TSU rally, and the Lady Tigers, while competitive in set three, ultimately faded in the final moments.

Kirby Anderson led TSU with six kills against Tulsa. Valencia Grayson added 16 digs and Asia Howard put up 12 assists.

Western Illinois 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23)
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Chicago State 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-14)
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CHARLESTON, Ill. - Alabama A&M (0-7) dropped straight-set affairs to Western Illinois and Chicago State during Saturday action at the EIU Panther Invite.

Alabama A&M and Western Illinois were nip-and-tuck the whole way, but AAMU had its chances. The Maroon and White led 10-6 in set one but Western Illinois managed a comeback. After a service ace by Courtney Oliver and a tandem block from Syretha Pride and Jaelin Gant made it 16-14 Alabama A&M, WIU reeled off six straight points, a run that Alabama A&M never recovered from. In set two, Alabama A&M was down 17-8 but refused to quit, putting together a 14-5 run -- highlighted by three Gant kills -- to get within one. However, WIU held off the late charge.

Alabama A&M led for much of set three, and was poised to extend matters with a 20-18 lead, but Western Illinois closed with a 7-3 run. Terra Brooks led AAMU with 13 kills, and Meredith Sieck put up 33 assists.

Against Chicago State, Alabama A&M started slowly as a 10-2 open from Chicago State all but dashed Alabama A&M's plans for set one. Alabama A&M trailed much of set two before taking advantage of two Chicago State gaffes and a kill from Mikel Coleman to tie it at 22. However, after Coleman put another down to get AAMU within one, CSU won out thanks to a misfire from Coleman. The Bulldogs battled to a 10-10 tie before being outscored 15-4 the rest of the way in set three.

Coleman had 11 kills. Sieck posted a double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs.

North Carolina A&T 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-13)
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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Alcorn State fell to 0-12 on the season after a three-set defeat versus North Carolina A&T at the Jacksonville State Jefferson's and State Farm Invitational.

Fiapaipai Iosia led Alcorn with five kills and five digs. Jasmine Chambers posted 11 assists.

Alcorn matched NCAT point for point early, but after consecutive attack errors allowed the Lady Braves to tie it at 10, Alcorn was outscored 15-6 th rest of the way. Following a forgettable set two, Alcorn State found itself on the wrong end of a 10-1 start to open the final set. The Braves never climbed out of the early hole, getting no closer than seven for the remainder of the match.

Alabama State 3, Western Carolina 1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17)
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Alabama State 3, Jacksonville 2 (25-22, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-9)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State snapped its five-game skid, winning a pair of matches at the ISTAP Collegiate Cup II against Western Carolina University and Jacksonville University Saturday.

Alabama State (4-5) defeated Western Carolina (1-7)  to end a five-match losing streak behind the play of Ni’yesha Brown and Briana Dorsey. The pair combined for 35 of the Lady Hornets’ 59 kills on a night where Alabama State hit .246 on the night.

Brown matched her career-high with 19 kills, while hitting .381 on the night; while Dorsey posted a season-high 16 kills in the victory. She also hit .448 on the night.

Kori Kutsch (30) and Justus Tuiolosega (20) combined for 50 of the 54 assists; while Asha Daniels posted a career-high 22 digs. Kutsch posted her second double-double of the season with 11 digs, while Alabama State combined for 10 total team blocks.

In the nightcap, Alabama State (4-6) claimed a 3-2  victory over Jacksonville to end the tournament with two wins in their three matches.

Brown continued her play as she ended the night with 37 combined kills, as she connected for 18 while hitting .220 in the nightcap. Krysta Medearis added 13 while hitting .265 on the night. Kutsch led Alabama State with 25 assists, while Tuiolosega added 21 and 12 digs to post her second double-double of the season. Daniels paced the Lady Hornets with 20 digs – giving her 42 on the night – and Brown finished with 14 digs for her first double-double of the season.

Brittany Brown finished with 12 digs for the Lady Hornets.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Tennessee-Chattanooga 3, Jackson State 0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16)
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Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 3, Jackson State 0  (25-16, 25-20, 25-22)
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Jackson State ended the Scenic City Showdown on a sour note, as the Lady Tigers (1-9) fell to host Tennessee-Chattanooga and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Saturday.

Sapphire Simpson played well for JSU despite the loss versus UTC, posting a double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs. Alexandra Burney added 14 digs and a team-high nine kills, and Camry Dabney put down seven kills.

JSU was outhit .261 - .068 in the contest versus the Lady Mocs. At times, the contest was back and forth as set one saw five ties and four lead changes and set two featured three ties and three lead changes. In the end, JSU was unable to keep pace, trailing the entire third set.

Versus SIUE, the offensive struggles carried over as Jackson State posted a .077 attack percentage. Dabney and Dayjah Stewart had six kills each, while Burney and Madison Wolf added five apiece. Simpson dished out 21 assists and Tyler Moorer put in 12 digs.

JSU had its chances against the Lady Cougars. After dropping set one, Jackson State managed to make things dicey for SIUE, leading 15-14 and shaking off a cold snap to tie it at 20 before fading late. Jackson State again appeared on the comeback trail after clawing back from a 20-14 deficit in set three, but SIUE was stronger late.