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Volleyball Recaps: September 19

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/19/2017
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Alabama State 3, UAB 1 (24-26,25-19,25-15,25-13) 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three players posted double-doubles as Alabama State went on the road and picked up a 3-1 non-conference victory over UAB at Bartow Arena Tuesday night.

Ni’yesha Brown recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 kills and 14 digs for Alabama State (7-7), who won their fifth match in six tries Tuesday. Meanwhile, Bayle’ Bennett recorded her first double-double of the season (second of her career) with 10 kills and 12 digs. Not to be outdone, Kori Kutsch recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 20 assists and 14 digs. Krysta Medearis added 10 kills, while Asha Daniels had a match-high 20 digs for the Lady Hornets.

After dropping the first set, the Lady Hornets picked up the pace in the second set after being down 14-10, forcing an Alabama State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Lady Hornets came out and tied the match at 15-all on a 5-1 run highlighted by a service ace from Bennett. After UAB took an 18-16 lead, the Lady Hornets used kills from Briana Dorsey, Brown and Medearis to take a 19-18 lead and from there they scored six of the final seven points for the second set victory.

They didn’t stop there as they turned up the pressure in the third set as they ran out to an 8-0 lead over the Blazers using four kills (three from Brown and one from Medearis) and pair of service aces from Kutsch. After UAB trimmed the lead to as little as five at 18-13, Alabama State took a timeout and came out of the timeout with extending the lead to 22-15 on a Bennett kill and forced a Blazer timeout. The Lady Hornets scored the final three points on a Justus Tuiolosega (one of her 15), a block from Payten Clark and a kill from Bennett to end the set.

The Lady Hornets ended the match in the fourth set as they battled from behind and took the lead 22-21 on an error by UAB. After a UAB timeout, Clark came out and recorded a solo block to extend the lead to a pair before UAB was able to trim it to one and fight off on match point. However, the Lady Hornets were just too tough as they forced another Blazer error on the final point to claim the four-set victory.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics Strategic Communications

Texas Southern 3, St. Thomas (Texas) 1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 25-19)

HOUSTON – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University held St. Thomas to a negative hitting percentage in sets three and four Tuesday to defeat the Celts three sets to one.

The Lady Tigers more than doubled their hosts’ block total, as the visitors enjoyed a 15-7 advantage in total blocks. TSU’s front line contributed 13 of their blocks after the mid-match break following set two. Nicole Robinson knocked down 10 kills and participated in nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted) to lead the Lady Tigers (2-5) to their second win in three matches. Nia Stone tallied seven block assists, while Kirby Anderson chipped in five block assists in addition to seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

Alexis Austin led the TSU offense with 14 kills on 29 attempts while committing only two errors. Her .414 hitting percentage marked the second time in four days that she hit better than .400 in a match.

TSU setter Asia Howard handed out 19 assists, followed by Ellena Torres with 11 assists, and Alyssa Chuidian with eight assists to go along with seven digs. Howard also hit .444, tallying four kills on nine attempts. Valencia Grayson led the defensive effort with 13 digs in addition to serving three aces in the match. Cassidy Jannson tallied 11 digs for the Lady Tigers.

Bresha Orange led the Celts (5-6) with 11 kills and 17 digs. After losing the second set to the Celts (and the match lead), the Lady Tigers pulled away from their NAIA hosts in set three with seven consecutive points – all attacking errors – to build an 18-8 lead. Four of those errors came on assisted blocks by Stone and Robinson. In set four, the Lady Tigers led early before the Celts scored five unanswered points to take a 15-14 lead. French national Sophie Rigaut served three of her four aces during that stretch; she also tallied five total blocks against the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers were able to regroup and score nine of the next 12 points to establish a 23-14 lead. After a cold start to the match, Eboni Mitchell led the Lady Tigers back into the lead with two kills and two total blocks during the run. TSU held St. Thomas to a hitting percentage of minus-.203 (11 kills and 23 errors on 59 attempts) in sets three and four.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

Lamar 3, Prairie View A&M 0 (25-7, 25-21, 25-10)

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Prairie View A&M volleyball team battled with Lamar Tuesday evening, but was unable to claim its first win of the season as the Cardinals took the 3-0 decision.

The second set was a close affair early on with both teams, knotting the game seven times, the last at 9-9. The Cardinals, however put together a run to close out the set 25-21. Taylor Goudeau paced the Lady Panthers offense with five kills, while Mykaeli Franklin dished out four assists. Sommer Gonzales added four digs.

Goudeau led PVAMU's offense with 10 kills, while Christen Augustine tallied nine digs.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Milsaps 3, Alcorn State 1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-9)

JACKSON, Miss. - Alcorn State dropped a four-set affair to Milsaps Tuesday night, dropping to 2-16 on the season.

Fiapaipai Iosia and Jasmine Chambers led the Lady Braves against the Majors with eight and six kills respectively. Chambers added 16 assists, Ashley Samuel made three blocks, and Iosia recorded 25 digs.

Alcorn and Millsaps were neck and neck in the opening set, but the hosts took the first match point with an 11-1 run. In set two, the Lady Braves used a 10-2 run to pull away early and were able to hold off the Majors to knot the score at 1-1. Alcorn was in control to start off the third set, but Millsaps stormed back with seven unanswered and never looked back.

The final set saw the Majors in control from start to finish courtesy of runs of 5-0 and 6-0.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Mississippi Valley State 3, Dillard 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-19)

ITTA BENA, Miss. -  Kalin Barnes put down 15 kills and Taylor Selfridge added 12 more as Mississippi Valley State took down Dillard in straight sets Tuesday night.

Jaime Polk dished out 29 assists, and Nadia Crawford added 20 assists to aid the Devilettes' cause. MVSU -- which posted seven team service aces compared to the opposition's one -- enjoyed a sizable attack advantage, outhitting Dillard .344-.130 in the hitting percentage game.

MVSU (2-12) roared out to a 8-3 start to set one, but Dillard clawed back into it. MVSU righted the ship and pulled away down the stretch, and the rest of the match was more of the same. The Devilettes used starts of 12-5 (set two) and 11-5 (set three) to build early advantages that ultimately led to victory. Mississippi Valley never trailed in the contest.

Jacksonville State 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-10)

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Alabama A&M fell to 0-12 after a three-set loss at Jacksonville State Tuesday night.

Malvis Ortiz led the Lady Bulldogs with six kills, and Jaelin Gant added four kills. Terra Brooks, Mikel Coleman and Paris Smith had three kills each.

AAMU battled Jacksonville State closely early on, but the Gamecocks pulled away as set one progressed. After allowing JSU to get on a 10-3 start, Alabama A&M was forced to play catch-up. Jacksonville State pushed its advantage to 20-9, and while Alabama A&M managed to make it respectable in the final stages, the Lady Bulldogs failed to muster enough resistance in the final frame.


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