Volleyball Recaps: August 29
Auburn 3, Alabama State 0 (25-11, 29-27, 25-19)
AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama State University volleyball dropped their first match of the year, falling to Auburn 3-0 (11-25,27-29,19-25) at Auburn Arena Tuesday night.
After dropping the first set, Alabama State (2-1) stormed back in the second set with the first two points of the set, and maintained that lead through the first eight of the set as they held a 5-3 lead. After Auburn trimmed the lead to a single point, the Lady Hornets went on a run to open a 13-8 lead midway through the second set.
Alabama State grabbed a 16-13 lead late in the second set, before Auburn came back to tie it up at 16-all. From there, the two teams traded points until ASU reeled off three consecutive points to grab a 21-19 lead. However, ASU was unable to cash in on three set point chances as Auburn stole a 2-0 lead heading to set three.
Alabama State battled throughout, firing back from a pair of match points down before falling 25-19.
Krysta Medearis and Briana Dorsey combined for six kills in the match, while Payten Clark and Bayle’ Bennett each added four. Kori Kutsch led the Lady Hornets with 11 assists, while Ni’yesha Brown finished with 10 digs.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Grambling State 3, Tougaloo 1 (20-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-20)
TOUGALOO, Miss. - Kevreion Ward smacked down 12 kills to lead Grambling State to its first victory of the season, a four-set triumph over Tougaloo College Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers (1-2) were forced to play catch up after set one, as Grambling largely led for much of the frame before coughing up a 19-14 lead. Undeterred, Grambling State dominated set two, taking advantage of some Tougaloo miscues to build a double-digit advantage that held through the frame. In set three, it was more of the same for the Lady Tigers, who scored 15 of the period's first 20 points. Tougaloo threatened another comeback similar to set one, but Grambling fended off the charge and took a 2-1 lead.
Set four was tightly contested, and Tougaloo looked in position to tie the match at 2-2, but down 16-14, the Lady Tigers stormed ahead for good with a 6-0 run that propelled GSU to the win.
Chasity Nicks added eight kills, and Tess Reynolds put down seven to help the Lady Tigers' cause. Diemend Richardson and L'Murriel Thrower had eight assists each.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3, Central Baptist 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-13)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff outhit Central Baptist .253 to .089 in picking up its first win of the year in straight sets.
The Lady Lions (1-3) took over set one after facing a 9-6 deficit to CBC. From that point on, UAPB racked up a 12-2 run during which six different Lady Lions picked up a kill. The burst was enough to push the Lady Lions to a 1-0 set lead. Set two was a nip-and-tuck battle early on, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff asserted itself at the midway point and looked poised to cruise to an easy win of the period.
However, UAPB committed several errors, allowing CBC to claw back into it and eventually tie the contest at 21. The Lady Lions managed to regroup, and was the stronger unit down the stretch to go into set three up 2-0. From there, UAPB eased on to victory, using a strong start to power the win.
Kaitlyn Hapke led UAPB with nine kills, and Kendalle Howard added eight. Britney Salhmann dished out 22 assists, Jade Sanlin posted 12 digs, and Taylor Sheppy chipped in 10 digs to go with five kills.