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Courtesy: John Posey, Urban Sports News

Volleyball Recaps: Aug. 26

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 08/26/2017
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Fordham 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-12)
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NEW ORLEANS - Alcorn State (0-3) wrapped up the University of New Orleans Invitational with a loss to Fordham Saturday at the Human Performance Center.

Several freshmen led the way for Alcorn in the loss. Jasmine Chambers totaled 10 assists, four digs and a pair of kills. Fiapaipai Iosia recorded a team-high 10 digs with three kills and an assist. Daharri Thompkins led the team on offense with four kills and added a dig and a block assist. Kaylyn Latin followed Iosia with eight digs. Iosia earned All-Tournament Team honors and finished with 11 kills, four assists, and 33 digs on the weekend.

The Rams opened the first set with 11 straight points before a Thompkins kill got Alcorn on the board. The teams went back and forth and Fordham would take the set 25-10 for an early 1-0 match lead. In set two, Fordham opened with a 4-0 run, but committed three straight errors. The Lady Braves knotted the score at 6-6 and again at 7-7, but the Rams seized control with runs of eight and six unanswered to go ahead 21-9. Four errors by Fordham allowed Alcorn to get to 23-13 and the Rams closed the set with back-to-back kills.

Set three mirrored set one as the Rams jumped to a 9-1 lead. Fordham used another 7-1 run and would take the set 25-12 and claim the match victory.   

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information


Alabama State 3, North Carolina A&T 2 (20-25, 26-28, 28-26, 25-16, 15-10)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State stormed back from a 0-2 set deficit to defeat North Carolina A&T in a five-set thriller at Lockhart Gym to conclude its ISTAP Collegiate Cup I tournament with a 2-0 record.

After dropping the first two sets in back-and-forth affairs -- with the second set going to extras and ultimately ending with ASU squandering a potential match-point -- the Lady Hornets shook off a 12-8 deficit to push the Lady Bulldogs to extras for the second-straight frame. NCAT thrice had a chance for a sweep, but ASU warded it off thanks to a bad set sandwiched by two Ni'yesha Brown kills.

In set four, the sides battled to a 5-5 tie before ASU put together a 5-0 run and ultimately pushed its advantage to as many as 11, cruising to a match-tying set win. In the final frame, ASU jumped out to an 8-4 lead, staving off a late charge from the Lady Bulldogs before Briana Dorsey slammed home the match-winner.

Brown led the Lady Hornets with 19 kills, Krysta Medearis added 16, and Dorsey chipped in 11. Kori Kutsch put up 30 helpers, and Justus Tuiolosega added 25 assists.


South Florida 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-20)
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Northwestern 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-14)
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TAMPA, Fla. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3) concluded the South Florida Classic with two setbacks, falling to host USF and Northwestern in straight sets Saturday afternoon.

Against USF, UAPB surrendered 18 of the match's first 21 points in dropping set one. While the Lady Lions found more success against the Lady Bulls as the match progressed, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was unable to break through against the homestanding squad. UAPB was unable to come back from a 20-7 disadvantage despite a late spurt during set two. Down 11-3 at one point in the final set, Arkansas-Pine Bluff clawed back and managed to get within two (20-18), but USF outpointed the Lady Lions 5-2 down the stretch.

Taylor Sheppy led UAPB with six kills, and Kendalle Howard added five. Katy Hufnagel put in 10 assists.

Against Northwestern, sluggish starts again plagued UAPB in set one. NU led 6-1 but a 9-4 run allowed the Lady Lions to get back into it. UAPB battled to within 14-12, but the Lady Wildcats put away set one with a 10-0 run. Set two saw UAPB go step-for-step with Northwestern before allowing a 7-2 run. UAPB got no closer than seven in the frame, as Northwestern netted nine of the period's last 10 points.

The Lady Lions were ultimately done in by a 14-3 run that blew open a 6-6 tie in the third frame. Howard put up six kills to lead UAPB, and Sheppy added five.


Savannah State 3, Alabama A&M 0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-20)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama A&M (0-2) fell in a hard-fought three-setter to Savannah State to conclude the ISTAP Collegiate Cup I at Alabama State University.

The Lady Bulldogs were unable to build on a strong start, as an early 6-3 advantage gave way to a nip and tuck contest that saw eight ties in set one alone. SSU managed to push ahead 24-21 before consecutive errors and a kill from AAMU's Paris Smith tied things. However, the Lady Bulldogs dropped three of the next four points to fall behind 1-0.

After falling in set two thanks to surrendering a 9-3 run that broke open an 8-8 game, a sluggish start in set three ultimately cost the Lady Bulldogs the match. Facing a 14-6 deficit, Alabama A&M roared out to an 8-1 run to get within one but were never quite able to overtake Savannah State down the stretch to prolong the match.

Smith led the team with eight kills, and Jaelin Gant and Courtney Oliver added seven each. Meredith Sieck put up 16 assists.


North Carolina A&T 3, Grambling State 1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19)
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Savannah State 3, Grambling State 2 (25-14, 18-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-8)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Grambling State opened its 2017 season with defeats versus North Carolina A&T (four sets) and Savannah State (five sets) during the Alabama State University-hosted ISTAP Collegiate Cup I.

Against NCAT, Grambling State (0-2) fell behind 7-2 in set one before Kitagbe Cisse powered a 15-4 Lady Tiger spurt with three of her team-high nine kills in that span. GSU cruised to a comfortable set one win, but that momentum did not carry over during a double-digit loss in set two.

After falling in set three after losing its grip on a 10-6 lead -- NCAT jumped ahead on the strength of a 15-2 run -- Grambling ultimately ran out of gas during the fourth and deciding set. Chasity Nicks added eight kills, and Diemend Richardson posted 17 assists to go with five digs.

Versus Savannah State, Grambling fell behind early after a lethargic first set but rebounded to win sets two and three. Grambling flew out to a 13-5 start in the second frame, going ahead as many as 10 (19-9). SSU put up a charge late but Grambling had little trouble fending off the comeback attempt. GSU continued to push ahead, breaking open a 6-6 tie in set three with a dominant 19-9 close to the frame.

Up 2-1 going to the fourth period, Grambling sputtered at the midway point of the stanza, going from down one to trailing by double digits after being outscore 19-10 at one point. SSU managed to win set five after a 5-2 run led to a 10-5 lead that Grambling State couldn't rebound from.

Chasity Nicks led GSU with 11 kills, and Jaivenna Jones posted 10 kills.


Houston 3, Southern 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-20)
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McNeese State 3, Southern 0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-14)
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Southern dropped to 0-3 on the season after sweeps at the hands of Houston and McNeese State during the Texas-Arlington Invitational Saturday.

Southern fought tooth and nail with the Lady Cougars in set one of its first match of the day, battling to a 10-10 tie. However, the Jaguars stalled offensively and ultimately allowed Houston to net 15 of the set's final 18 points. Southern pushed to an early lead in set one but Houston turned the tide with a 10-3 run. Southern trailed by as many as eight and despite a 4-1 spurt late, was unable to make up the needed ground. The Jaguars suffered a similar fate in set three, as an 8-8 tie gave way in favor of Houston thanks to a 9-2 run that ultimately snuffed out Southern's hopes of extending the match.

Paige Hall led SU with seven kills, and Vaterra Calais flirted with a double-double, posting 10 assists and nine digs.

The Jaguars' offense struggled to get on track against the Cowgirls, as Southern posted a meager -.033 attack clip on the match. Self-inflicted wounds were the story of set one, as Southern handed McNeese 12 points via service or attack error en route to a double-digit loss of the frame.

McNeese built a double-digit lead thanks to a litany of bunch scoring during set two. Southern rallied to get within five, but the early 18-8 disadvantage was too much to overcome. Southern was stronger in set three, leading for the first half of it before coughing up an 11-9 lead as the Cowgirls closed the match on a 14-3 run.

Hall put up six kills, and Shelby Jolly added five. Calais was named to the UTA Invitational All-Tournament Team.


Jackson State 3, Nicholls State 1 (27-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21)
Southern Miss 3, Jackson State 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-15)

HATTIESBURG, Miss.– Jackson State split on the final day of the Southern Miss Invitational, downing Nicholls State 3-1 before falling to host Southern Miss in straight sets Saturday.

The Lady Tigers (1-2) picked up their first win with a solid offensive and defensive effort. JSU had 52 kills for the match while Nicholls had 48. The JSU offense was led by Laura Funk and Camry Dabney. The pair combined for 29 of JSU’s 52 kills in the match. Tyler Moorer and Dabney each recorded 21 digs, while Sapphire Simpson had 22 assists and Terri Irving had 20. Dabney also put in 17 kills.
The Lady Tigers won the first set 27-25 and the second 25-21. Nicholls took the third 25-20 and JSU closed out the match 25-21 in the final set. Sydney Lerille paced Nicholls with 14 kills. The win marks coach Rose Washington's 250th in her career.
JSU was unable to get on track consistently against the Lady Golden Eagles, dropping each set by double digits.
Camry Dabney led the Lady Tigers offense with six kills, while Sapphire Simpson had 11 assists and Tyler Moorer had seven digs. Chandler Marshall led USM with 13 kills en route to the win. 

Dabney earned all-tournament accolades for Jackson State.

Courtesy: Jackson State Sports Information

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