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Volleyball Recaps: October 17

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/17/2017
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Texas Southern 3, Jarvis Christian 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10)

HOUSTON – Texas Southern made quick work of Jarvis Christian College as the Lady Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three sets Tuesday.

At Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena, the Lady Tigers (9-8) showed no signs of rust after a nine-day break, as they needed barely an hour to defeat their NAIA opponents. The win was the fourth consecutive triumph for the Lady Tigers.

Kirby Anderson knocked down five kills on six attempts and tallied seven total blocks to lead the Lady Tigers, who return to Southwestern Athletic Conference play this weekend. Anderson’s .833 hitting percentage was the highest average posted by a TSU player in a match this season.

Nicole Robinson put away a team-high six kills for the Lady Tigers, while Nia Stone, Cassidy Jannson, and Alexis Austin tallied four kills apiece. Asia Howard handed out a match-high 11 assists for the Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in set one and needed little time going ahead in the match. Head coach Jocelyn Adams emptied her bench for set two, and every TSU player on the active roster saw court time for the Lady Tigers in the non-conference match.

Aundrea Boyland, DeSeanna Murphy, and Tiarra Moore put away two kills apiece for Texas Southern, while Alyssa Chuidian and Breyanna York tallied seven assists apiece. Chuidian, Jannson, and Murphy all served two aces apiece Tuesday.

In addition to every player seeing the court for the Lady Tigers on Tuesday, every player recorded at least one dig. Freshman Valencia Grayson led the defensive effort with five digs, followed by Jannson (four digs), and Moore, Murphy, Aryanna Collins, and Brianna McKay (three digs apiece).

Tinikia Lacey led Jarvis Christian College (4-25) with seven kills.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

Troy 3, Alabama State 0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-21)

TROY, Ala. - Alabama State dropped a 3-0 non-conference match to Troy University at Trojan Arena Tuesday night.

Briana Dorsey led Alabama State (16-9) with seven kills, while a trio of players finished with six kills in the match – Krysta Medearis, Bayle’ Bennett and Ni’yesha Brown. Dorsey finished the night hitting .400 on 15 total attacks, and moved into sixth on the all-time list at Alabama State with 744 career kills.

Kori Kutsch finished with 16 assists, while Justus Tuiolosega added 10, while defensively Kayla Torres led Alabama State with eight digs off the bench. Candace Martin led the Lady Hornets with five blocks, while Dorsey and Brown each added three.

Troy (8-15) was led by Jenni Young and Belle Waldrop with eight kills each, while a trio of players added seven in the loss – Cheyenne Hayes, Logan Page and Savannah Moore.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the set, before Alabama State used kills from Medearis, Bennett and Brown to go on a 6-3 run and tie the opening set at 7-all. From that point the Trojans took command of the set as they went on a 5-1 to open up a 12-8 advantage. After Alabama State pulled to within three on a Medearis kill (15-12), the Trojans went on a 9-2 run to open up the lead to 24-14. Brown was able to fight off a set point with a kill on a misplay by the Trojans to pull to within 24-15, before Troy was able to close out the set off the block.

Troy open the second set scoring 10 of the first 15 points, before the Lady Hornets stormed back with a pair of kills from Dorsey and another by Brown to go on a 5-0 run and tie the second set at 10-all. The Trojans responded with a 3-0 run to take a 13-10 lead before Medearis and Dorsey recorded a block at the net to trim the deficit to 13-11; however the Trojans were able to build the lead back to four at 16-12 which is where would stay most of the set until a Payten Clark kill cut the lead 21-18.

The two teams traded points early on in the third set with the Lady Hornets grabbing the early lead at 5-3. They would extend the lead to 6-4 on a kill from Clark, and against at 8-7 on an attack error by the Trojans. The two teams traded points at 9-9, before the Trojans went on a 6-1 run to open a 15-10 lead midway through the third set. A kill from Martin trimmed the deficit to 16-12, while Brown answered with another kill to trim the deficit to 18-14 before the two teams began trading points again late in the third set. However, back-to-back kills from Young have Troy a 20-14 lead. The Lady Hornets continued to fight back into the set, trimming the deficit to 21-17 and scored a pair of points off the serve of Amber Bolden before the Trojans were able to close out the match.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

McNeese State 3, Prairie View A&M 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20)

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Prairie View A&M dropped a 3-0 non-conference decision at McNeese State Tuesday night at Memorial Gym.

The Lady Panthers (3-12) were led by Hailee Morton's nine kills, as she hit at .462 for the match. Victoria Pearson, Larissa Martinez and Mariah Thomas each collected four kills. Erica Jimenez dished out 15 assists with six digs. Christen Augustine led the way with nine digs.

Taylor Goudeau was held quiet for the match, collecting just two kills on six attacks.

McNeese's Keegan Nelms put down a match-high 11 kills, and Katelyn Elliot added 10 kills. Alexandra Aguilera (18) and Adison Giambrone (15) combined for 33 assists.

Prairie View A&M gave up 10 service aces in the match. The Lady Panthers were did in by the allowance of fast starts by the Cowgirls, as Prairie View fell behind 15-7 (set one) and 12-5 (set two) in the initial stages of the first two frames and were unable to recover. The Lady Panthers battled tightly in set three, forcing a tie at 19-all thanks to a miscue from McNeese. However, Prairie View faltered, allowing a 6-1 match-ending run.

Wiley College 3, Alcorn State 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-11)
William Carey 3, Alcorn State 1 (22-25, 29-27, 25-18, 25-19)

LORMAN, Miss. - Alcorn State fell in both sides of a home tri-match Tuesday, dropping a five-setter to Wiley and suffering a four-set loss to William Carey in the nightcap at the E.E. Simmons Gymnasium.

Alcorn was unable to protect a 2-0 set lead, despite the fact that the Lady Braves (3-30) held the statistical edge in most categories, as Octavia Dixon put up a match-high 16 kills to go with 11 digs for Alcorn. Singyrd Valadares added 13 kills and two blocks. Brittney Dumas put up 46 assists and six digs. Fiapaipai Iosia had a stat-stuffing performances with 24 digs, eight services aces and four kills.

Tsvetelina Bozhanova and Jayme Bazile put down 15 kills each for Wiley.

After claiming the first two sets -- during which Alcorn shook off a 10-3 deficit early in set one and a 17-12 disadvantage in set two -- Alcorn stumbled in set three, dropping the frame by double-digits. In a reversal of fortunes, Alcorn lost a 15-14 lead in set four as Wiley tied it. Alcorn faded down the stretch as the Lady Wildcats pulled away in the ending stages of the fifth set.

Against William Carey, Alcorn again started strongly, as a 10-3 run to open the match was enough to push Alcorn to the early set advantage -- despite a late charge from WCU.

From there, William Carey claimed control as Alcorn came back from 23-21 down only to squander three chances at set point. After WCU tied it at one, Alcorn locked into a nip-and-tuck battle only to sputter down the stretch of set three. A slow start to set four ultimately doomed the Lady Braves.

Ashley Samuel led Alcorn with 13 kills, and Valadares added nine. Mae Lewis and Dixon collected eight kills each. Iosia put in 17 digs.