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Courtesy: Clay Bailey

Volleyball Recaps: October 29

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/29/2017
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Prairie View A&M 3, Grambling State 1 (21-25,25-21,25-20,25-18)  

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -
In her return to the lineup, Prairie View A&M's Taylor Goudeau spiked 12 kills, and Erica Jimenez dished out a career-best 40 assists as the Panthers (5-17, 5-10) picked up a four-set win over Grambling State (13-19, 7-7) Sunday night.

The win puts the Lady Panthers a game ahead of Mississippi Valley for the No. 8 seed as the conference tournament nears.

The Lady Tigers claimed set one on the strength of a 7-2 run that erased a 14-13 PVAMU lead and ultimately propelled Grambling through the frame, but the Lady Panthers managed to fend off the Lady Tigers the rest of the way. After breaking open a 19-19 second set with a 6-2 run to tie the match, Prairie View overcame a 20-19 deficit -- sparked by three Goudeau kills -- to win set two. In set three, Prairie View used an 8-0 run to break a 10-10 tie and ultimately cruise to the match win.

Chasity Nicks paced Grambling State with 10 kills and 11 digs. Diemend Richardson and L’Muriell Thrower each recorded 17 assists. Erineka Mollere led the way defensively with 13 digs.

For Prairie View, Larissa Martinez and Calli Jordan Hensch put down nine kills each. Christen Augustine tallied 20 digs, while Tatierra Johnson finished with 13 digs.

Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.


Alabama A&M 3, Alcorn State 0 (25-16,25-17,25-13)

LORMAN, Miss. - Alabama A&M (12-17, 12-3) remained in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in the SWAC Volleyball Tournament with a straight-set win over Alcorn State (3-36, 0-15) Sunday night.

It was an offensive struggle for the Lady Braves, who committed more attack errors (30) than kills (21). Alabama A&M outhit Alcorn .233 to -.114. Fast starts ultimately powered the win for the Lady Bulldogs, as Alabama A&M opened set one on a 16-8 advantage en route to taking the frame, and scored 11 of the second set's first 12 points, rendering Alcorn State unable to recover.

In set three, Alcorn kept better pace with Alabama A&M, but the visiting Lady Bulldogs eventually pulled away with an 8-1 run that blew open a 9-7 contest that was already in their favor.

Syretha Pride led the Lady Bulldogs with seven kills -- on a .700 attack percentage -- and four blocks. Meredith Sieck dished out 16 assists. Terra Brooks posted a team-best eight digs to go with four kills.

Octavia Dixon led Alcorn with seven kills and six digs. Majesty Ferguson collected 18 assists.


Alabama State 3, Mississippi Valley 1 (25-14,20-25,25-8,26-24)  

ITTA BENA, Miss. - 
Candace Martin posted a season-high 11 kills and hit . 429 as Alabama State (22-9, 15-0 SWAC) downed Mississippi Valley State (6-24, 4-11) Sunday night.

Kori Kutsch led the team with 22 assists, while Justus Tuiolosega added 17. Brittany Brown posted a career-high 19 digs, with Bayle’ Bennett adding 11 in the win. Briana Dorsey finished with 10 kills in the win, while hitting .381 for the Lady Hornets who extended their conference winning streak to 36 consecutive matches.

Kalin Barnes posted 12 digs and eight kills for the Devilettes. Jaime Polk offered up 15 assists.

After Mississippi Valley State (6-24, 4-11 SWAC) tied the first set at 2-all, Alabama State went on an 18-7 run to take a 20-9 lead in the opening set, crusing from there. MVSU rebounded to tie the match, capitalizing on a 14-8 lead built on the strength of Lady Hornet miscues and effective strikes from Taylor Selfridge, who collected four of her Devilette-leading 12 kills in the frame

Alabama State went on to claim the third set convincingly, and in the final frame Mississippi Valley State jumped out to a 9-3 lead. Alabama State tied the match at 15-all, and the two teams traded points with Mississippi Valley State grabbing a 23-22 lead. The Lady Hornets tied the set on a Ni’yesha Brown kill. They were able to take a one-point lead until the Devilettes fought off a match point to tie the set at 24-all. However, a kill from Dorsey and a ball-handling error by Mississippi Valley State enabled the Lady Hornets to claim the match.

Alabama State returns to action Monday night on the road at Alcorn State, with the match starting at 6 pm. A Lady Hornet victory, or an Alabama A&M loss, and the Lady Hornets will wrap up the regular season conference title.

Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications contributed to this report.


Texas Southern 3, Southern 1 (25-14,25-27,25-21,25-20)

HOUSTON - Three Texas Southern players notched at least 10 kills as the Lady Tigers (14-9, 11-4 SWAC) beat Southern (6-18, 6-8) in a four-set affair Sunday night.

With the win, Texas Southern remains firmly at the No. 3 seed for the conference tournament. Southern remains at the No. 6 seed for now.

Kirby Anderson led the way for TSU with 14 kills on a .579 attack clip and seven total blocks. Nia Stone accounted for 11 kills and five blocks, hitting at a .625 percentage in the match. Nicole Robinson put away 10 kills, and Cassidy Jannson added nine. Jannson and Erin Adams posted 13 digs each, and Asia Howard put up 36 assists and six digs.

Arabella Hall led the Jaguars with 13 kills, adding nine digs and three blocks. Shelby Jolly chipped in nine kills, and Brianna Hawkins and Paige Hall posted eight kills each. P. Hall was in on seven blocks, and Hawkins figured in on five others. Vaterra Calais posted 22 assists and eight digs, and Bailey Jefferson led all players with 15 digs.

After taking set one without much trouble, Texas Southern became embroiled in a tightly-contested battle with the Jaguars in set two. Southern ultimately built a 18-13 lead, but TSU tied matters up at 23. The Lady Tigers managed to fend off two set point chances by the Jaguars, but Southern broke through on the third try as Jolly made back-to-back kills to tie the match 1-1.

Southern looked poised to take the lead in set three, fighting out to a 19-17 lead and responding to an ensuing three-point spurt from TSU to go ahead 21-20. However, Robinson put away three kills during a 5-0 set-closing run by the Lady Tigers. 

Texas Southern started quickly in the final set, building a 10-6 advantage. Undeterred, the Jaguars again put themselves in position to tie things up. But with a 15-14 lead, the Jaguars faded as a 9-3 TSU run ultimately allowed the Lady Tigers to pull away.

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