Alabama A&M receives berth in NIVC, will face Georgia
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Following a 22-year hiatus, the National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament has been revived, and Alabama A&M will be one of the 32 teams invited to participate with Georgia as its first-round opponent.
As the team that finished second in SWAC regular-season standings, Alabama A&M (14-19, 14-4 SWAC) earned an automatic qualifier bid into the field.
Georgia comes into the contest with a 20-11 overall record, with a 10-8 mark in conference play. UGA is led by a three-headed offensive attack featuring top point-getter T'ara Caesar, who led the team with 433 kills on a .243 attack percentage and 42 service aces, also a team-high. Rachel Ritchie added 393 kills for Georgia, and Majesti Bass led the team with 80 blocks while adding 255 kills offensively.
Meghan Donovan sets the table for Georgia, having dished out 1173 helpers on the year.
Alabama A&M counters with middle blocker Syretha Pride, who emerged as a dynamic two-way player for the Maroon and White. Pride notched 233 kills and 112 blocks. Terra Brooks powers the offense with a team-best 288 kills and added 247 digs. Mikel Coleman flashed as an X-factor for AAMU with 181 kills. Courtney Oliver posted 117 kills and 104 blocks as a capable dual-threat, and Jaelin Gant put away 166 spikes, giving Alabama A&M a stout attack game.
Meredith Sieck dished out 901 assists to lead the SWAC.
Alabama A&M and Georgia will play on Nov. 28 in Athens, Ga.