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Volleyball Recaps: Aug. 25

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 08/25/2017
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LSU 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-10)
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TAMPA, Fla. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff was defeated in straight sets by LSU during day one of the University of South Florida Classic.

Slow starts coupled with scoring runs by the Lady Tigers were the culprit of UAPB's loss. In set one, the Lady Lions fell behind early 9-2 to LSU and were unable to recover. It was more of the same in the second frame as LSU scored 18 of the set's first 22 points en route to taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff rebounded with a strong start in set three, taking a 5-3 lead over LSU. However, attack errors helped gift LSU a 9-5 lead. UAPB inched within 10-8, but LSU put down 13 straight points on its way to victory.

Taylor Sheppy led UAPB with three kills. Kendalle Howard added seven digs.

Houston Baptist 3, Texas Southern 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-14)
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HOUSTON - Texas Southern dropped its season opener at Houston Baptist in straight sets Friday morning.

The contest was originally scheduled to be the opening round of HBU's Barcelona Classic, but Hurricane Harvey forced cancellation of the rest of the tournament.

After falling behind 9-3 in set one, TSU inched back into it with a quick 3-1 burst aided by HBU miscues. However, the early deficit was too much to overcome for the Lady Tigers, who ultimately dropped the set 25-16.

Texas Southern started much better in set two as Nicole Robinson, Alexis Austin and Tiarra Moore each netted a kill to push the Lady Tigers to an 8-5 advantage. The Lady Huskies turned it around in their favor with an 11-1 run -- with five of those points coming via TSU attack errors -- powering their way to a 2-0 lead in the match. From there, HBU cruised to victory after opening up set three with nine unanswered points.

Robinson led TSU with seven kills on a .462 hit percentage to go with five blocks (four assisted).

New Orleans 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14)
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NEW ORLEANS - Alcorn State fell in straight sets to New Orleans during the UNO Invitational on Friday.

The Lady Privateers scored five of the match's first six points, forcing Alcorn State to play catchup early. The Lady Braves clawed back into it with a 5-3 run, but in what ultimately became a set of scoring runs, Alcorn eventually conceded the frame after -- at which point the Lady Braves were within four -- allowing back-to-back kills.

Both sides battled to a 5-5 tie early in set two, but UNO pulled away thanks to bunch scoring down the stretch, boosted predominantly but a 9-4 run that broke the aforementioned deadlock. Alcorn managed a brief lead in the initial goings of set three before a 5-1 run by UNO pushed the home-standing Lady Privateers ahead for good, dashing the Lady Braves' hopes of extending the match.

Fiapaipai Iosia had 15 digs and four kills for Alcorn State.

Southeast Missouri State 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-17)
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NEW ORLEANS – Alcorn State fell to Southeast Missouri State in straight sets during the UNO Invitational Friday.

Alcorn started quickly in set one, building an 11-8 lead. After the teams battled to a 13-13 tie, the set got away from the Lady Braves thanks to four straight errors. Back-to-back kills by Octavia Dixon put Alcorn within two, but SEMO pulled away down the stretch.

The Lady Redhawks took set one without much incident. In set three, Alcorn started slow and appeared on its way to dropping a one-sided third frame, but the Lady Braves regrouped from an 11-2 deficit and managed to make things interesting late, as Alcorn reeled off five straight scores while facing a 12-point deficit with SEMO looking for match point. However, the run was too little, too late for the Lady Braves.

Dixon and Syngrid Valadares nailed six kills apiece for Alcorn, and Jasmine Chambers added 17 helpers.

North Carolina A&T 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-20, 25-15, 27-25)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama A&M dropped a hard-fought three-setter to North Carolina A&T to open the ISTAP Collegiate Cup Invitational hosted by Alabama State.

AAMU jumped ahead 4-1 early on, but NCAT turned it around to go ahead 13-9. However, miscues by the Lady Aggies fueled a 9-2 run for the Lady Bulldogs. Alabama A&M looked poised to take the set, but attack errors coupled with sterling serving by the Lady Aggies -- they put up three aces in the set-deciding run -- led to 10-2 run that closed it for North Carolina A&T.

After dropping set two by double-digits, Alabama A&M battled NCAT to extras in the final set. Down 24-19, AAMU tied things up thanks to multiple attacking gaffes by the Lady Aggies. Both sides traded a point before North Carolina A&T won it with a kill and an attack error by AAMU's Paris Smith.

Five Lady Bulldogs had at least three kills, with Terra Brooks leading them at four.

Alabama State 3, Savannah State 0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-12)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Ni'yesha Brown put down 18 kills as Alabama State improved to 7-0 all-time versus Savannah State, sweeping the Lady Tigers during day one of the ISTAP Collegiate Cup I tournament.

The Lady Hornets wasted no time in pressing the advantage, building a 10-3 run while capitalizing on multiple SSU miscues on offense. The Lady Hornets were never threatened in the initial frame, as their lead was no smaller than six throughout.

Set two was a different story, as Alabama State maintained a semblance of control for the majority of it before Savannah State made its move late. Down 17-12, SSU's Jennifer Rosado delivered a kill and consecutive service aces that -- coupled with attack errors from Alabama State -- pushed the Lady Tigers ahead 19-17. SSU led 21-20 before Brown asserted herself with three kills down the stretch to help Alabama State snatch a 2-0 lead going into the third frame. 

Alabama State won the final frame in convincing fashion, breaking a 5-5 tie with an 8-0 run and pushing its lead to as many as 14 at one point.

Krysta Medearis added nine kills for the Lady Hornets, and Kori Kutsch (17) and Justus Tuiolosega (15) combined for 32 assists.

Texas-Arlington 3, Southern 0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-18)
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Southern went down in straight sets to Texas-Arlington to open the season during the UTA Invitational on Friday.

The Jaguars had their chances to steal set one early, battling the Lady Mavericks during the initial frame. After Southern took an 11-10 lead, however, UTA put together a 6-1 run to take control. UTA led by as many as nine before a late charge from Southern inched the Jaguars closer. Southern was unable to make up enough ground to get back into the set.

After the Jaguars dropped a somewhat one-sided second set, both sides traded volleys early before Southern built an 8-7 lead. The advantage was short-lived as UTA put up a 10-3 run to go ahead for good. Southern threatened late with a 6-0 run that made the deficit just two (20-18), but UTA sealed it with five straight scores.

Arabella Hall and Shelby Jolly led Southern with four kills each.

Arkansas-Little Rock 3, Jackson State 0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13)
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Jackson State struggled offensively in a straight-set loss to Little Rock during the Southern Miss Invitational on Friday.

The Lady Tigers hit at -.073 on the match, while the Lady Trojans posted a .342 clip in the attacking game, highlighted by a .448 percentage in set one. JSU was eventually done in by eight unanswered points in the opening frame that pushed a 17-10 disadvantage to a 25-10 set loss.

Jackson State surrendered numerous spurts during the second frame en route to an 0-2 hole, and the allowance of separate five-point runs in the early and latter stages of the final set ultimately cost the Lady Tigers the match.

Camry Dabney led JSU with seven kills. Terri Irving added 11 assists.