Volleyball Recaps: September 18
Grambling State 3, Centenary 2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-25, 15-9)
GRAMBLING, La. - Chasity Nicks registered a match-high 17 kills as Grambling State won a five-set thriller on Monday night with a 3-2 victory over Centenary at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Nicks finished the night with 17 kills on 43 attempts (.279 hitting percentage) and seven digs. Kevreion Ward added 13 kills and four digs. Diemend Richardson and L’Muriell Thrower recorded 27 and 21 assists, respectively, while Erineka Mollere chipped in with 39 digs.
Desiree Frey recorded a double-double of 11 kills and 17 digs, while Hailey Lawson added 10 kills and 14 digs. Brittany Risner and Allison Lazewski had 15 and 14 assists each. Marissa Sandoval led the Ladies defensively with 19 digs.
After dropping the first set to Centenary, Grambling State began the second with a 9-0 lead. But that advantage evaporated as The Ladies (6-5) used a 16-7 run to the tie match at 16. Grambling State fell behind 21-19, before closing out the set on a 6-0 run. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 17-9 advantage in the third set and cruised to the 25-17 win.
In the fourth set, the Ladies led the entire time and rolled to the 25-15 victory, which set the stage for the fifth and final set.
The Lady Tigers quickly fell behind, 2-0, in the fifth set, but outscored Centenary, 8-3 to take an 8-5 lead. Grambling State proved to be too much down the stretch to pick up its fourth win of the season.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Williams Baptist 3, Alcorn State 2 (25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13)
Williams Baptist 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-16, 29-27, 25-18)
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. - Alcorn State (2-15) dropped both sides of a Monday doubleheader at Williams Baptist College.
In match one, Alcorn State fell in a hard-fought five-set affair despite a 20-kill effort from the Lady Braves' Singryd Valadares, which is a new single-game high among SWAC players this season. Ashley Samuel chipped in 12 kills for Alcorn as well. Jasmine Chambers posted a double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. Brittney Dumas added 19 assists, and Kaitlyn Latin picked up 21 digs.
After dropping an one-sided first frame, Alcorn State tied things up in the next set and the sides alternated set victories from there, before WBC pulled it out with a nip-and-tuck win.
The second match was not as hotly contested as Alcorn was outhit .233 to .043 in a three-set sweep by Williams Baptist. Chambers had a solid all-around game with 18 assists, six kills and five digs. Fiapaipai Iosia notched 16 digs and four kills. Joeli Warren-Smith led Alcorn with eight kills, and Valadares was held to four kills in the second match.