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Volleyball Recaps: September 24

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/24/2017
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Alabama State 3, Texas Southern 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-14))

HOUSTON - Bayle' Bennett spiked 14 kills and Kori Kutsch dished out 44 assists as Alabama State (12-7, 5-0 SWAC) defeated Texas Southern (5-7, 3-2 SWAC) in a four-set affair to conclude the teams' play in the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup.

Ni'yesha Brown chipped in 13 kills to aid the Lady Hornets' cause, and Krysta Medearis put down nine. Asha Daniels posted 27 digs to lead the defensive effort, and Payten Clark figured in on 10 total blocks.

Texas Southern was led by Alexis Austin's 11 kills offensively. Kirby Anderson, Nicole Robinson and Cassidy Jannson each delivered six kills. Asia Howard dished out 17 assists and picked up 13 digs, and Aryanna Collins led the way with 20 digs.

The Lady Tigers ambushed Alabama State early, jumping out to a 10-1 lead that the Lady Hornets were unable to recover from in set one. Set two was a much different story, as Alabama State scored six of the frame's first seven points. Texas Southern regrouped to force ties at 14 and 18, but Alabama State ultimately fended off a TSU charge to tie the match.

Bennett asserted herself early in set four, picking up nine kills in the stanza and accounting for seven straight Alabama State points during the early goings. Lady Hornets broke the tie in the period and coasted to victory in set five.

Alabama A&M 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-17, 27-25)

HOUSTON - Alabama A&M (5-12, 5-0 SWAC) downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-15, 2-3) in four sets to conclude the teams' play in the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup.

Terra Brooks (14), Syretha Pride (13) and Courtney Oliver (10) each put away double-digit kills to power the Lady Bulldogs' offense. Pride was particularly efficient with a .440 attack percentage mark during the fray. Brooks, Pride and Oliver each had four blocks, and Meredith Sieck posted a double-double with 49 assists and 11 digs. Helena Figueiredo led AAMU with 25 digs, and Cierra Davis added 19.

Kendalle Howard put down a match-high 16 kills and posted 18 digs. Lisa Casimie also had a double-double with 15 digs and 12 kills. Britney Sahlmann posted 44 assists, and Jade Sanlin added 24 digs.

AAMU outhit UAPB .250-.140 in the match, an advantage that was particularly felt in the first set. The Lady Lions regrouped to tie things up, but Alabama A&M went on to tie the set and overcame a deficit late to steal set four -- and ultimately the match -- from Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prairie View A&M 3, Alcorn State 1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-18, 25-10)

HOUSTON - 12 Prairie View players notched at least one kill as the Lady Panthers (3-6, 3-2 SWAC) defeated Alcorn State (2-21, 0-5) in four sets to conclude the team's play in the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup.

Taylor Goudeau led all players with eight kills, and Larissa Martinez added seven. Victoria Pearson and Britney Pearson notched six kills apiece. Mykaeli Franklin put up 26 assists and eight digs, and Christen Augustine added 15 digs.

Alcorn State was led by Singryd Valadares' six kills. Jasmine Chambers posted 13 assists, five kills and seven digs. Pai Iosia led with 17 digs.

Prairie View's offense, which had struggled somewhat early on, woke up after the Lady Braves tied the match at 1-1. Over the third and fourth sets, PVAMU hit a combined .350 in the attack game, allowing the Lady Panthers to ultimately overwhelm Alcorn State -- who had built a 9-5 lead early in set three -- down the stretch. After climbing out of the early hole of the third frame, Prairie View cruised to victory in the fourth set.

Mississippi Valley State 3, Grambling State 1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 27-25)

HOUSTON - Mississippi Valley State (3-16, 1-4 SWAC) grinded out a four-set victory over Grambling State (6-14, 2-3) to earn its first conference win of the year on the final day of the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup.

Grambling State won every statistical category, as four Lady Tigers had 10 or more kills led by Talicia Lang's 11. Kevreion Ward, Chasity Nicks (16 digs) and Jaivienna Jones each posted 10. Diemend Richardson had 26 assists and nine digs. Erineka Mollere put up 26 digs.and Lang chipped in 15. L'Muriell Thrower had 14 assists and 12 digs.

The Devilettes got 15 kills and 18 digs from Taylor Selfridge, and Kalin Barnes put up 26 digs and 12 kills. Jaime Polk dished out 40 assists, and Joilyn Azore figured in on six blocks.

Mississippi Valley started set one with a 9-4 run, but Grambling took control with a 7-0 run. In what became a set of runs, MVSU prevailed thanks to a kill from Haley Buard and an attack error from Ward. After Grambling tied it by overcoming a 22-20 deficit with a 5-1 run, Mississippi Valley managed to turn away late charges by Grambling in the third set, and two Selfridge kills keyed a 5-1 run that staved off set point for the Devilettes and ultimately earned them the the win.

Southern 3, Jackson State 2 (20-25, 26-24, 25-18, 13-25, 15-5)

HOUSTON - Southern outlasted Jackson State in a five-set affair on the final day of the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup to improve to 3-11 (3-2 SWAC) on the season.

Jackson State (2-17, 1-4 SWAC) controlled set one early and appeared set to pull away aftering building a 19-14 lead. Southern responded with strong defensive play at the net -- turning away multiple attacks -- and was able to put together a 5-0 run and get within a point of tying it. After talking things over, Jackson State regroup to close the set on a 6-2 run sparked off by consecutive miscues by the Jaguars.

Southern rebounded in the next two frames, eeking out a tight set two and shaking off a Jackson State rally that snuffed out its quick start to set three. Southern closed the set on a 6-0 run to go ahead 2-1, but Jackson State knotted the match after capitlizing on sloppy play from the Jaguars.

In the deciding frame, the Jaguars began much sharper, reeling off a quick 6-0 start that eventually propelled the Jaguars to victory.


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