Volleyball Recaps: October 8
Alabama A&M 3, Jackson State 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-22)
JACKSON, Miss. - Syretha Pride put down 11 kills on a .600 attack percentage clip to help get Alabama A&M (8-14, 8-1 SWAC) back on the winning side of things in the form of a straight set win over Jackson State (3-19, 2-5 SWAC) Sunday afternoon.
Mikel Coleman added eight kills for the Lady Bulldogs, who hit .432 on the match as a team. Helena Figueiredo posted a team-best 11 assists and seven digs, and Meredith Sieck added 10 assists.
Camry Dabney made her return to the JSU lineup, putting down eight kills on a .583 attack clip. Alexandra Burney added eight kills as well. Amanda Modesto put up six kills and six digs, and Sapphire Simpson dished out 18 assists, adding five digs.
Alabama A&M rode a 14-7 start to a set one win, and a similar (13-7) opening to set two -- during which the Lady Bulldogs made kills on 63 percent of their tries -- allowed the visitors to go up 2-0 heading into the final frame.
The third period was a game of runs, with Jackson State going ahead 16-15 on a Dabney spike, however, the Lady Bulldogs closed the match on a 10-6 run punctuated by a Terra Brooks kill.
Texas Southern 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-17)
HOUSTON - Texas Southern improved to .500 on the year with a sweep of Arkansas–Pine Bluff on Sunday.
Alexis Austin knocked down 10 kills and hit .500 as the Lady Tigers (8-8) improved its conference record to 6-3 with the victory.
Cassidy Jannson tallied eight kills, while Eboni Mitchell put away five kills only six attempts as TSU completed its first cycle through the SWAC. Kirby Anderson knocked down three kills and blocked a match-high six opposition attacks (one solo, five assisted).
Asia Howard and Breyanna York handed out 13 assists apiece for the Lady Tigers, while Howard and Jannson also led the defensive effort with seven digs apiece. Pine Bluff’s Lisa Casimie led the Lady Lions (4-16, 3-4 SWAC) with 10 kills.
The Lady Tigers put comfortable distance between themselves and their opponents in set one with a 7-1 run that stretched their lead to 18-9. Five of those points came on Pine Bluff errors, with Anderson blocking three of those attacks (one solo, and two assisted, with Eboni Mitchell and Nicole Robinson).
The visiting Lions scored the first four points of set two and led by as many as five points early on. However, a 9-2 TSU run helped the Lady Tigers claim a 14-11 advantage. Mitchell had four of her kills during that stretch, and also blocked a Pine Bluff attack with Anderson to help spark the comeback.
TSU finished the second set by scoring five of the final six points, with Austin providing two of those points on kills. The Lady Tigers wasted no time seizing momentum in set three, scoring the first four points and jumping out to a 10-2 lead. Pine Bluff would not come closer than three points from their host for the rest of the set.
TSU hit .278 or better in the first two sets. The Lady Tigers also helped their cause by scoring on 55 percent of their serves during the match.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information