Volleyball Recaps: September 8
Louisiana-Monroe 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-13)
North Carolina A&T 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-15)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State (1-7) fell in straight sets to Louisiana-Monroe and North Carolina A&T during the Jefferson's and State Farm Invitational at Jacksonville State University Friday.
Joilyn Azore and Taylor Selfridge led MVSU with seven kills each during the morning match versus ULM. Jamie Polk put up her third double-double in as many matches with 18 assists and 10 digs.
The Devilettes were outhit .310 to -.010 in the contest, but were in it early on. After a shaking off a sluggish start to get within 10-8 of the Lady Warhawks, Mississippi Valley was done in by a 10-0 that led to a 0-1 deficit heading into set two, where the allowance of 10 of the frame's first 13 points to ULM ultimately cost the Devilettes. Set three went similar to set one, with MVSU battling to within two of ULM -- a 10-8 mark -- before fading down the stretch.
Kalin Barnes added six digs and four kills for the Devilettes.
Against NCAT, Mississippi Valley struggled offensively, compiling nearly as many errors as it did kills (15 to 12). A 12-4 start was ultimately too much for the Devilettes to overcome in set one. After a rather quiet set two, Mississippi Valley never got on track against the Aggies in set three as North Carolina A&T scored the frame's first five points en route to a double-digit victory.
Tylia Dixon led MVSU with four kills. Polk posted nine assists.
Louisiana Tech 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-19)
Sam Houston State 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-22)
RUSTON, La. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) lost to host Louisiana Tech and Sam Houston State in straight sets during day one of the Lady Techster Invitational Friday.
Against the Lady Techsters in their first match of the day, he Lady Lions were led by Lisa Casimie, who put up 15 digs and 11 kills. Jade Sanlin had 12 digs, and Britney Sahlmann chipped in 12 assists.
After both sides battled to a 7-7 tie in set one, UAPB faded after allowing a 10-1 run that ultimately springboarded La. Tech to a 1-0 set lead. However, it was deja vu for the Lady Lions in the next frame, as Arkansas-Pine Bluff went ahead 8-7 on a kill from Kendalle Howard only to allow a 9-1 run. UAPB got no closer than five in the set. Ahead 7-6 in the final set, UAPB again was unable to thwart a Lady Techster comeback, allowing La. Tech to score 11 of the next 14 points and take control the rest of the way.
UAPB struggled in set one against Sam Houston State, allowing 17 of the first 24 points of the period. The Lady Lions regrouped a bit in set two, opening up an 11-8 lead thanks to two Howard kills that sandwiched an attack error from SHSU's Brooke White. However, UAPB was unable to stave off a Lady Kats comeback, as an 18-17 Lions lead evaporated down the stretch.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff led 13-12 at one point during the final frame, but six errors by UAPB aided Sam Houston in overtaking the Lady Lions in the final stages.
Casimie flirted with a double-double with nine kills and nine digs. Howard added six kills.
Eastern Illinois 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-9, 25-12, 29-27)
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Alabama A&M was unable to shake off a sluggish start during a three-set defeat at Eastern Illinois during the Panther Classic Friday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs (0-5) were outhit .342 to .056 in the contest. Syretha Pride led the team with eight kills, and Meredith Sieck notched a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs.
After dropping one-sided affairs in the first two sets -- Alabama A&M fell behind 12-3 in set one and 12-4 in set two -- the Lady Bulldogs would not let EIU run ahead in the third set. After an ace from Sieck and a kill from Mikel Coleman made the set 19-18, EIU attempted to put things away but AAMU stayed in it, thanks in part to consecutive attack errors from the Panthers. Ultimately, AAMU had two chances to steal the set, but EIU's Maggie Runge twice delivered kills to stave off match point. In AAMU's third try, EIU reeled off three straight kills to seal it.
Stephen F. Austin 3, Texas Southern 0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-21)
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Texas Southern's return from a long layoff did not go as intended, as the Lady Tigers (0-2) fell to Stephen F. Austin during the Holiday Inn SFA Invitational.
Outhit .262 to -.011, the Lady Tigers did get six kills and two blocks from Nicole Robinson. Asia Howard chipped in 12 assists and six digs. Cassidy Jannson added seven digs.
After a decisive first set in favor of the Lady Jacks, the Lady Tigers battled closely the rest of the way but sputtered at inopportune times. After Kirby Anderson smashed two kills to bring TSU within one (14-13), SFA pulled away with two 4-0 runs down the stretch of set two. In the final frame, TSU faced a 17-9 deficit before the Lady Jacks began firing off-target, allowing Texas Southern to string together a 10-1 run and go ahead 19-18. However, the Lady Tigers were done in by misfires, as five of SFA's final seven points came via attack error.
Georgia State 3, Jackson State 1 (27-29, 25-14, 25-14, 25-9)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Jackson State (1-7) was unable to sustain a strong start against Georgia State during Tennessee-Chattanooga's Scenic City Showdown Friday afternoon, falling in four sets.
After a first set that saw JSU lead early on, the Lady Tigers had to fight off a late charge from the Lady Panthers. After Georgia State managed to tie it a 25-all, Jackson State regrouped to overcome Georgia State in the latter stages. However, the contest was in favor of Georgia State the rest of the way as the Lady Tigers were unable to muster any offensive effort similar to its first frame.
Alexandra Burney led JSU as she netted a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Camry Dabney put down 10 kills, and Tyler Moorer collected 17 digs for the Lady Tigers.
Oral Roberts 3, Southern 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-13)
Central Arkansas 3, Southern 0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-17)
CONWAY, Ark. - Southern (0-5) dropped two matches during the Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Invitational. The Jaguars fell to Oral Roberts in the morning and were defeated by host Central Arkansas in the nightcap on Friday.
The Jaguars were unable to slow down ORU's attack game. allowing a .420 attack percentage in the loss. The Jaguars hung tough in set one before unraveling down the stretch, but Southern appeared poised to tie things up with a favorable opening to set two. Unfortunately, Southern could not sustain its momentum from a 5-1 start to the period, and in set three the Jaguars' attack went silent during the midpoint, where ORU pulled away.
Arabella Hall and Paige Hall led Southern with six kills each.
Versus Central Arkansas, The Jaguars managed a better output against the undefeated Sugar Bears. Southern led 15-12 at one point in the first set before a 5-0 run turned the tables for UCA. Southern got to within 21-19 after a kill from P. Hall, but UCA closed the set with four unanswered points. After a lethargic set two, Southern doomed itself with four straight attack errors that put them in a 7-1 hole. SUBR responded to make it 7-5, but after UCA pushed ahead to a 12-5 advantage, the Jaguars got no closer than four from that point.
P. Hall and Shelby Jolly put down five kills each. Vaterra Calais put up 11 assists.
Southeastern Louisiana 3, Alabama State 2 (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 20-25, 17-15)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State battled back from an early two-set deficit to force a fifth set, before falling to Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 at the ISTAP Collegiate Cup II Friday night.
Alabama State (2-6) was led by Ni’yesha Brown with 15 kills to pace three Lady Hornets in double figures. Briana Dorsey finished the night with 14 kills, while Payten Clark added 11 in the loss. Justus Tuiolosega led Alabama State with 24 assists, while Asha Daniels led the team with 16 digs. Kori Kutsch finished with her first double-double of the season with 22 assists and 15 digs on the night, while Brittany Brown added 10 digs.
After dropping the first two sets, the two teams were tied most of the way late in the third set and the Lady Hornets just two points away from dropping the match. However, Alabama State scored the final two points of the set on back-to-back kills from Brittany Brown and Briana Dorsey to force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, Alabama State ran out to a nine-point lead at 16-7 and held that lead until late in the set. After Southeastern Louisiana closed to within three at 23-20, the Lady Hornets closed out the set with a kill from Brown to force the deciding fifth set.
In the fifth and final set, the two teams traded points until Southeastern Louisiana grabbed a match point at 14-13. From there, Alabama State fought off a match point to get a match point of their own before the match was decided after a long rally.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Louisiana-Monroe 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-11)
Jacksonville State 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-12)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Alcorn State (0-11) dropped two matches during Jacksonvile State's Jefferson's and State Farm Invitational Friday, falling to UL-Monroe and Jacksonville State.
Ashley Samuel led Alcorn with four kills in what was a tough offensive showing for the Lady Braves. Alcorn State committed more attack errors (17) than kills (15) in the match. Fiapaipai Iosia and Jasmine Chambers each posted six digs, with Chambers adding seven assists.
Alcorn State shook off a 4-1 deficit early on to get back within striking distance, but a 15-5 run derailed Alcorn's chances. The Lady Braves were unable to mount a consistent offensive threat the rest of the way.
The Lady Braves' struggles carried over against the host Lady Gamecocks, but Iosia did post a team-high seven kills with six more digs. Kaylyn Latin chipped in 12 digs, and Chambers posted 11 helpers.
Alcorn fell behind 9-3 in set one and were never able to recover. It was more of the same in the ensuing sets, as Alcorn never got on track enough to curtail Jacksonville State down the stretch.