Volleyball Recaps: October 30
Alabama A&M 3, Mississippi Valley State 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15)
ITTA BENA, Miss. - Behind a double-double from Terra Brooks and 52 assists from Meredith Sieck, Alabama A&M (13-17, 13-3 SWAC) downed Mississippi Valley (4-12, 6-25) in a four-set affair Monday night, inching closer to the No. 2 seed in the SWAC Volleyball Tournament.
With Texas Southern losing to Grambling tonight, Alabama A&M needs a win or another TSU loss to officially seal the No. 2 seed.
Brooks put down 18 kills and added 17 digs. Mikel Coleman added 13 kills on a .423 attack percentage. Syretha Pride posted nine kills and five blocks, and Courtney Oliver also netted nine kills. Cierra Davis led the defensive effort with 25 digs.
Kalin Barnes led MVSU with 18 kills and 18 digs. Taylor Selfridge also posted a double-double with 13 digs and 10 kills. Jaime Polk dished out 39 assists.
The Devilettes took set one after answering a 12-8 AAMU advantage with a 15-5 run -- keyed by four Barnes spikes -- that eventually pushed Valley ahead 1-0. From there, Alabama A&M largely controlled set two, leading by double-digits at one point. After shaking off a 12-8 deficit in set three -- during a stretch where Brooks accounted for five kills -- to go ahead 2-1, the Lady Bulldogs sealed the match in set four, leading from start to finish.
Prairie View A&M 3, Southern 1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20)
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M (6-17, 6-10 SWAC) continued to remain on the inside track toward a tournament berth with a 3-1 victory over Southern (6-19, 6-9) Monday night at the William J. Nicks Babydome.
Three Lady Panthers notched double figures in kills, led by Larissa Martinez's 16. Victoria Pearson put away 13 kills, and Taylor Goudeau added 12. Erica Jimenez bested her career-high in assists -- set Sunday versus Grambling -- with 46 helpers, eight digs and two kills in the win. Christen Augustine added 22 digs.
For Southern, Shelby Jolly led the Jaguars with 14 kills. Ranaja Taylor added 11, and Arabella Hall spiked nine kills. Princess Stark (20) and Vaterra Calais (18) combined for 38 assists, and Bailey Jefferson notched 24 digs.
Prairie View led for the vast majority of set one on its way to a 1-0 advantage, but Taylor and Southern's Paige Hall powered the Jaguars with multiple kills throughout set two as the visitors tied the match. Prairie View blew open set three with a 10-3 run that broke a 12-12 tie and executed a similar spurt in set four to close the match.
Grambling State 3, Texas Southern 1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22)
HOUSTON - Grambling State stunned Texas Southern, 3-1, on Monday night in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) match at the H&PE Arena, moving within a half-game of Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the No. 4 seed in the SWAC Volleyball Tournament race.
Grambling State (14-19 overall, 8-7 SWAC) was led by Talicia Lang and Kevreion Ward, who paced the Grambling State offensive attack with 13 kills each. Diemend Richardson and L’Muriell Thrower recorded 22 and 13 assists, respectively. Erineka Mollere led the way defensively with 24 digs, while Chasity Nicks registered 13 and Richardson 11.
Kirby Anderson led three Texas Southern (14-10, 11-5 SWAC) players in double-digit kills with 16. Alexis Austin added 12 kills, while Cassidy Jannson tallied a double-double of 12 kills and 16 digs. Asia Howard notched a double-double of 24 assists and 12 digs. Breyanna York and Alyssa Chuidian recorded 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Erin Adams paced the defense with 23 digs.
Down 16-10 in set one, Grambling State managed to snipe the set with a 15-7 close to the frame. TSU responded by tying the match at 1-1 as Anderson led the way with five kills in the second set. Following intermission, Texas Southern looked set to take a 2-1 lead, but blew a 17-15 lead thanks to numerous attack errors that Grambling pounced on and converted into a set win. Grambling opened the final set with an 8-1 run, forcing the home-standing Lady Tigers to play catchup. TSU managed to get within 23-22 of Grambling, but offensive miscues ultimately handed the match to the visitors.
Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.