Volleyball Recap: November 8
Florida A&M 3, Alabama State 2 (25-22,24-26,25-14,27-29,15-11)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Despite a strong outing from Ni'yesha Brown, Alabama State (25-10) saw its nine-match win streak halted in a five-set marathon at Florida A&M Wednesday night in the Al Lawson Center.
Brown put away 21 kills on a sparkling .528 attack percentage, but it was not enough to power the Lady Hornets past the Lady Rattlers. Florida A&M outhit Alabama State .309 - .250 in the match.
Bayle' Bennett posted a double-double with 15 digs, 14 kills and three assists for the Lady Hornets. Briana Dorsey posted nine kills and four blocks. Krysta Medearis and Candace Martin made five kills each. Kori Kutsch and Justus Tuiolosega combined for 50 assists, with Kutsch putting up 26 and Tuiolosega adding 24. Asha Daniels led ASU with 16 digs.
Florida A&M's Nicole Abreu posted a match-high 24 kills -- while hitting .452 -- to go with 10 digs. Candeleria Herrea made 22 kills on a .594 hit percentage. Maria Yvette Garcia chipped in 10 kills for the Lady Rattlers (11-11), and Valeria Lopez dished out 50 assists. Valentina Carrasco paced FAMU with 18 digs.
After dropping a close first set, the Lady Hornets rebounded to snipe a hotly-contested second set, tying the match. Florida A&M claimed set three by double-digits, but again Alabama State returned fire, albeit not without a charge from the Lady Rattlers. Up 20-14, Alabama State nearly lost its handle on things thanks to a 11-4 run that had the Lady Hornets facing match point. A Brown kill kept Alabama State alive, and after some back and forth, a Dorsey spike coupled with a FAMU miscue forced a fifth set.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Herrea asserted herself for Florida A&M as she made five kills in the deciding frame. ASU fell behind by as many as 12-5 and was unable to recover.