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Volleyball Recaps: September 15

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/15/2017
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South Dakota 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-13)
Air Force 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-18)

GREELEY, Colo. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff suffered two setbacks on day one of the Northern Colorado Hampton Inn Classic, falling in straight sets to South Dakota and Air Force on Friday.

Against USD, Lisa Casimie led the way with eight kills. Taylor Sheppy had seven, and Kendalle Howard added five. Britney Sahlmann added 17 assists.

The Lady Lions (1-11) were overrun by quick starts from South Dakota in each set, with UAPB unable to avoid double-digit set loss in the opening frame. UAPB rebounded from an early 7-4 deficit to take a 14-13 lead in set two, but a 10-1 run snuffed out the Lady Lions' advantage, and USD used that momentum to take set three by double digits.

Casimie added another eight kills versus Air Force, and Sheppy added seven.

UAB 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-17)
New Orleans 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-10, 25-15, 26-24)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State dropped two matches Friday, falling to Alabama-Birmingham and New Orleans during the Blazers' Fight Like Hal Memorial Tournament.

Taylor Selfridge led MVSU with five kills versus UAB. Kalin Barnes chipped in 12 digs and three kills, and Jaime Polk had a quiet match with just nine assists and five digs.

After dropping the first two sets in one-sided fashion, the Devilettes tried to push back against UAB, managing to stay with the hosts almost step-for-step. After a Selfridge kill brought MVSU within one, however, UAB responded with an 8-1 run that virtually sealed the match for the Blazers.

Against New Orleans, Mississippi Valley wasn't able to get on track early on versus New Orleans, dropping the first two sets in relatively one-sided fashion. In set three, the Devilettes (1-10) managed its first lead of the match at 10-9, and were in prime position to prolong the match after earning a 24-22 lead, but MVSU allowed four quick points that allowed New Orleans to pilfer the set and the match.

Southern Arkansas 3, Grambling State 1 (25-14, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22)
Mississippi College 3, Grambling State 2 (25-23, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, 15-11)

MAGNOLIA, Ark. - Grambling State dropped two hard-fought matches Friday during the Southern Arkansas Tournament, as the Lady Tigers (2-9) fell in four to the hosts before coming up just short in a five-set thriller versus Mississippi College. 

Grambling tasted defeat versus Southern Arkansas despite 16 kills from Kevreion Ward and 11 from Chasity Nicks. Diemend Richardson added 20 assists.

After dropping set one by double-digits, Grambling answered with a strong set highlighted by an 8-2 run during which Nicks asserted herself with multiple kills to help the Lady Tigers maintain control. Grambling tied the match on kills from Ward and Nicks, but were unable to parlay an 8-0 start to set three into a 2-1 set lead. Grambling ultimately lost the match with self-inflicted wounds, as three errors cost the Lady Tigers a 21-18 lead in the fourth and final frame.

Against Mississippi College, Nicks paced the Lady Tigers with 19 kills and 15 digs. Ward chipped in with 12 kills, while Jaivienna Jones added 10 kills. Thrower finished with a double-double of 28 assists and 21 digs, while Richardson registered 24 assists and eight digs. Mollere led the way with 30 digs, while Lang finished with 18 digs.

Krista Zieschang and Kayana Mitchell led the Lady Choctaws with 14 and 11 kills each. Sydney Chandler registered 19 assists and Amanda Torres added 16 assists and 10 digs. Julia Martin led four players in digs with 15, while Chandler and Jill Brown recorded 12 and 11 respectively. 

Grambling State dropped the opening set 25-23, but bounced back in a big way in the second and third sets. In the second set, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-4 lead before taking the set, 25-13. Grambling State opened the third with a 16-9 advantage before running away with a 25-14 victory. However, Mississippi College was able to pull out the victory with a close 25-20 win in the fourth set to force the fifth and deciding set. In the final set, the Lady Choctaws led 11-9 and were forced to call a timeout before outscoring the Lady Tigers, 4-2, to grab the match.

Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.

Alabama 3, Southern 0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-21)
Troy 3, Southern 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Southern (0-9) fell in two hotly-contested tilts versus Alabama and Troy during the Crimson Tide's Crimson-White Tournament.

Southern's opening match with Alabama saw the Jaguars got eight kills each from Paige Hall and Brianna Hawkins, who also had 12 digs. Bailey Jefferson led Southern with 18 digs, and Vaterra Calais dished out 15 assists.

A back-and-forth first set began to lean the Tide's way late, but Southern fought off a 23-17 deficit during which Hawkins accounted for or assisted on four of the Jaguars' first five points during a comeback that left it tied at 24. However, the Tide managed to close set one in its favor. This would be the story of the match, as the Jaguars were never able use strong starts in sets two (15-10) and three (6-2) to springboard its way back into the contest while Alabama managed late comebacks to steal the sets from Southern.

Hawkins led Southern again versus Troy, putting down seven kills. Arabella Hall added six to go with eight block assists.

Set one was a game of runs as both sides put together rallies to keep pace with each other. A Hall kill had Southern one point from winning the game, the Trojans managed hree straight points to nab the set one win.
Southern took control of the second set early and it stayed that way until the allowance of a 10-5 run to the Trojans derailed Southern's momentum and tied the game. The Jaguars went ahead 22-20 and 23-22, but were unable to put Troy away and ultimately fell in set three as -- despite staying within striking distance -- the Jaguars weren't able to put together a strong enough surge to overtake Troy down the stretch.

Alabama State 3, North Florida 1 (25-13, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17)

NEW ORLEANS -  Alabama State claimed its third consecutive victory, opening the Tulane Invitational with a 3-1 victory over the University of North Florida Friday.

Krysta Medearis led Alabama State (5-6) with 13 kills, the third time she has been in double figure kills this season. Senior Briana Dorsey continued her climb up the career chart as she reached 628 career kills with her 11-kill performance against the Ospreys, while also added six blocks. He career block total has now reached 282, leaving the senior just 14 blocks short of fourth all-time at the school.

Ni’yesha Brown, the reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Week, finished with 11 kills – the seventh time she has accomplished that feat this season, and giving her 400-plus kills for her career. Bayle’ Bennett finished with seven kills and 14 digs, while Payten Clark finished with seven kills and five blocks on the day. Sophomore Asha Daniels, the reigning SWAC Defensive Player of the Week, led the team with 19 digs, while Kori Kutsch recorded 28 assists, which puts her over 1,400 for her career.

As a team, the Lady Hornets finished the night hitting .320 and held North Florida to a .146 attack percentage; while recording 11 total team blocks.

The match was a match of runs, with each North Florida run matched by the Lady Hornets. In the first set, Alabama State jumped to a big lead before North Florida tried to close the gap and cut it to nine, before the Lady Hornets closed out the set with three consecutive points. In the second set, North Florida raced out to an early lead and led by as many five (20-15), before Alabama State stormed back to win 10 of the final 12 points to claim the second set.

After North Florida was able to win the third set, Alabama State fought back in the fourth set after the Ospreys tied the set at 14-all. The Lady Hornets went on a 11-3 run to close out the final set for the victory.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Mississippi State 3, Jackson State 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-16)
Southeastern Louisiana 3, Jackson State 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-23)

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Jackson State (1-12) dropped two matches to Mississippi State and Southeastern Louisiana during Mississippi State's Maroon Classic.

Against Mississippi State, JSU wasn't able to get much going offensively. Camry Dabney and Sapphire Simpson each posted four kills, with Simpson adding 10 assists. For the Lady Bulldogs, Sara Maddox posted 12 kills. Jackson State was done in during sets one and two after being on the wrong end of quick Bulldog starts (11-4 in set one, 5-2 in set two) and being ultimately unable to recover. In set three, JSU forced a 10-10 tie but MSU pulled away thanks to an 8-3 run that put them ahead for good.

Versus Southeastern Louisiana, Dayjah Stewart put up a team-leading six kills for Jackson State. Dabney added five. Simpson chipped in 20 assists.

Similar to its match versus Mississippi State, Jackson State started slowly in the first two sets, as SLU put up a 18-6 start to set one and a 14-9 start to set two. As the Lady Tigers weren't able to generate enough offense to turn around their fortunes early, they were forced to ramp up the play in set three. After Jackson State forced a 13-13 tie, an 11-4 run by the Lady Lions ultimately held strong, despite a 6-0 run by JSU to stave off match point momentarily.

Alcorn State 3, Concordia 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-23)
Alcorn State 3, Concordia 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18)

LORMAN, Miss. - Alcorn State snapped its 13-game season-opening skid with a doubleheader sweep of Concordia Friday night.

Ashley Samuel led the way for Alcorn (2-13) in the first match with eight kills and a pair of blocks. Daharri Thompkins scored six kills with an assist and Singryd Valadares contributed five kills with three blocks and a dig. Jasmine Chambers collected 18 assists with a team-high nine digs and Lurlethia Jones served three aces.

The Lady Hornets took an early 6-3 in the opening set, but committed four straight errors as the Lady Braves took back control 8-7. Following a Concordia kill that tied the game at 8-8, Alcorn pulled away with runs of 6-0 and 5-0 to claim the first match point.

Set two started just like set one, with Concordia taking a 6-2 lead before Alcorn fought back with five straight points to go up 7-6. Again, the Lady Braves distanced themselves with multiple 3-0 runs to go ahead 2-0. The final set of the match was neck-and neck and featured 14 ties. Knotted at 23-23, Fiapaipai Iosia scored a kill and Concordia committed a setting error to conclude the match.

In match two, Alondra Rivera Modesto finished with nine kills and a dig, followed by Samuel and Iosia, each with five kills. Chambers tallied 15 assists and Iosia served a season-high six aces. On defense, Samuel and Thompkins each had a block, while Melinda Perrilloux and Iosia recorded 11 and 10 digs respectively. Set one was close until Alcorn created some separation with three kills and two service aces, putting the Lady Braves in control 22-13. Following an attack error, freshman Kayla Anderson scored a point and Thompkins served back-to-back aces to claim the 1-0 early lead.

Alcorn found itself ahead 15-10 and then 18-13 in the second set, but Concordia battled back to within 19-17. The Lady Braves would close out the set with a 6-1 run, however, to take the 2-0 lead. In the last set, the Lady Braves came out of the gates fast, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. The Lady Hornets were able to get to within 9-8, but three straight aces by Iosia highlighted a 7-0 run. The teams then traded points as Alcorn took the set and the match.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

The Citadel 3, Alabama A&M 1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-17)
Charleston Southern 3, Alabama A&M 0 (33-31, 25-15, 25-12)

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Alabama A&M (0-9) fell to The Citadel and Charleston Southern in Friday action during The Citadel's Bulldog Invitational.

AAMU's Mikel Coleman and Syretha Pride posted 10 kills each in the loss to The Citadel. Meredith Sieck posted 35 assists, a new single-game high by a SWAC player this year. She also added 18 digs. AAMU was unable to use a 6-2 start to set one to push ahead, but rebounded to tie things up in set two and appeared on its way to a 2-1 set lead after a 9-4 open to set three. However, The Citadel managed to overtake Alabama A&M late and held off the visiting Lady Bulldogs in set four.

Pride posted seven kills to lead Alabama A&M against Charleston Southern. Sieck posted 22 assists. After a marathon set one that fell the way fo Charleston Southern thanks to a Coleman misfire, Alabama A&M was unable to generate much of a threat to CSU the rest of the way, dropping the final two sets by double-digits.