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Volleyball Recaps: October 5

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/05/2017
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Grambling State 3, Centenary 2 (18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-10)

SHREVEPORT, La. - Grambling State (8-15) got back into the win column on Thursday night as the Lady Tigers rallied for a five-set victory over Centenary (La.), 3-2, at the Gold Dome. 

Kevreion Ward paced four Lady Tigers in double-digit kills with 16. Chasity Nicks added 15 kills, while Jaivenna Jones registered 12. Tess Reynolds chipped in with 10 kills. Diemend Richardson and L’Muriell Thrower finished with 26 and 23 assists, respectively. Erineka Mollere led the way defensively with 22 digs. Talicia Lang tallied 15 digs, while Thrower added 10.

Michaela Brantley and Desire Frey led the way offensively for Centenary with seven kills. Allison Lazewski and Brittany Risner each registered 13 digs. Marissa Sandoval led the Ladies (8-11) with 17 digs, while Hailey Lawson and Frey finished with 12 and 10, respectively.

With the match tied at 1, the Ladies picked up a 25-20 third set victory. But much like the first matchup, Grambling State rallied and took the fourth set, 25-14, to set up the deciding fifth set.

In the final set tied at 3, the Lady Tigers used a 7-2 run, capped by Diemend Richardson kill, to extend the advantage to 10-5.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Jackson State 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-17)

LORMAN, Miss. - Laura Funk put down 10 kills to lead Jackson State (3-18, 2-4 SWAC) to a 3-0 win over Alcorn State (2-26, 0-8) Thursday night at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Amanda Modesto added eight kills for the Lady Tigers, chipping in six digs. Sapphire Simpson was a dig shy of a double-double, posting 26 assists and nine digs.

Alondra Rivera Modesto led the Lady Braves with six kills. Daharri Thompkins added five kills. Fiapaipai Iosia made 18 digs, and Jasmine Chambers provided 11 assists.

Tied 9-9 at one point in the opening frame, Funk delivered three kills to spark a 10-2 JSU run that ultimately led to a 1-0 set advantage for the visitors. From there, Jackson State rode a 9-3 start to the next set to a 2-0 lead in the match and -- trailing 8-6 in set three -- took advantage of multiple miscues by Alcorn State that aided a 11-2 run and ultimately sealed it for the Lady Tigers.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3, Southern (25-15, 25-23, 25-20)

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Behind Lisa Casimie's 12-kill effort, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-15, 3-3 SWAC) swept Southern (5-13, 5-3 SWAC) Thursday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Lauren Corby added eight kills on a stout .417 attack clip. Britney Sahlmann dished out 31 assists, and Jade Sanlin collected 20 digs to aid the Lady Lions' winning effort.

For Southern, Arabella Hall led with seven kills. Paige Hall had five blocks and three kills. Vaterra Calais put up 20 helpers and chipped in six digs.

After winning set one by double-digits, UAPB trailed for much of set two before a Casimie kill sparked 6-2 run -- which in Southern's case, was marred by several mistakes in the attack game -- that handed the Lady Lions a 15-13 lead. The sides battled to a 22-22 tie before the Jaguars committed two off-target attacks and Corby closed the deal with a set-winning spike.

The Jaguars appeared poised to extend the matter, building a 14-9 lead in set three. However, it was all UAPB after that point, as the Lady Lions outpointed Southern 16-6 the rest of the way.

Texas Southern 3, Prairie View A&M 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15)

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Three Lady Tigers posted double-digit kill efforts as Texas Southern (7-8, 5-4 SWAC) downed cross-town rival Prairie View A&M (3-9, 3-5 SWAC) in four sets at the William J. Nicks Babydome Thursday night.

Reigining SWAC Offensive Player of the week Alexis Austin led TSU with 13 kills. Cassidy Jannson added 11 kills on a .435 hitting percentage. Nicole Robinson put down 11 kills as well. Nia Stone put down nine kills, and Kirby Anderson was strong on both ends with seven blocks and six kills. Asia Howard cranked out a double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs, and Erin Adams put up 18 digs.

Latrice Brown posted 10 kills to lead the Lady Panthers, and Britny Mitchell, Taylor Goudeau, Hailee Morton and Calli-Jordan Hensch each had five kills apiece. Mykaeli Franklin dished out 20 assists and added seven digs, and Christen Augustine and Tatierra Johnson each notched 10 digs.

TSU outhit the Lady Panthers by nearly double, posting a .248 attack clip compared to Prairie View's .127 in the department. PVAMU eeked out set one after shaking off a sluggish start and using a 5-1 lead to go from being down 12-11 to leading 16-13. TSU tied it at 22, but Franklin delivered a kill and a service ace to put Prairie View ahead 1-0.

From there, however, the match belonged to Texas Southern, who managed to put together strong starts in the ensuing periods -- 11-5 in set two, 10-3 in set three and 14-7 in set four -- that ultimately powered the Lady Tigers to eventual wins in each frame.

Alabama State 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-20)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - In a battle of the league's top two teams, Alabama State (15-7, 8-0 SWAC) took over sole possession of first place in the standings with a sweep over in-state rival Alabama A&M (7-14, 7-1 SWAC).

With the win, the Lady Hornets have won 10 straight matches.

Ni'yesha Brown led the charge for Alabama State with 13 kills. Krysta Medearis put up seven kills, and Payten Clark put down five kills at a .444 attack percentage. Kori Kutsch (18) and Justus Tuiolosega (11) combined for 29 assists, and Asha Daniels picked up 18 digs.

Mikel Coleman and Courtney Oliver posted six kills each for Alabama A&M, with Oliver making four blocks, all solo. Terra Brooks posted four kills but struggled in the attack phase with a -.043 hitting percentage. Meredith Sieck put up 14 assists, and Helena Figueiredo put in 12 digs.

A back-and forth contest early, AAMU led 14-13 midway through set one before a Briana Dorsey kill sparked a quick 4-1 run that put Alabama State ahead 17-15. AAMU got no closer than one, as a 6-0 Hornet run sealed it for the visitors.

Alabama A&M controlled proceedings in set two, roaring out to a 10-6 start and building a 17-14 lead. Alabama State then turned things around with an 8-0 run that was aided by several miscues from the Lady Bulldogs. Alabama A&M managed to tie the set at 22, but the Hornets closed with three quick points largely held the advantage throughout set three, leading by as many as eight at one point.