HBCU Volleyball Weekly Updates & Honors
NSU Falls **** to Coastal Carolina, Davidson
DAVIDSON, N.C. Riding momentum from its win the previous night, the Norfolk State volleyball team was unable to keep it going in a pair of 3-0 losses to Coastal Carolina and Davidson Saturday at the Wildcat Classic at Davidson.
The Chanticleers earned the victory in the early morning at Belk Arena, 25-21, 25-18, 26-24, as they ran their record to 5-8. The host Wildcats downed the Spartans, 25-13, 25-14, 25-18, to drop NSU to 2-7 on the year. Davidson improved its record to 10-2.
Against the Wildcats in the final match of the tournament, junior Charlotte Armstead led the Spartans with 10 kills, while fellow junior Beatriz Ferreira added eight. Much like earlier in the day, NSU was done in by attack errors, committing 23 errors on a .071 attack percentage.
Junior Kristen Burt totaled 26 assists, and senior libero Tracey Copley led the team with nine digs. Freshman Jasmin Flowers had a hand of four of NSUs five blocks.
Burt was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 74 assists in the three matches.
UMES Named Co-Champion Of Brown Invitational With Split On Saturday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. For the second time this season, Maryland Eastern Shore came back from down two sets to defeat a tournament host, beating Brown 3-2 in the first match on Saturday. After a defeat to Fordham 3-1, the Hawks finish the Brown Invitational 2-1 to claim part of the championship and go to 5-5 on the season.
Brown came out strong in the first set, building a quick 9-3 advantage. The Hawks could not get close as the Bears won 25-13.
The second set was much more competitive, with the Hawks and Bears going back-and-forth throughout the game. UMES had an early 4-3 lead when Brown took five of the next six points to go up 8-5. With the Bears up 11-8, the Hawks won six of the next eight, including a pair of kills from Maline Vaitai (Salt Lake City, Utah), to put UMES ahead 14-13. The score would be tied at 18 when Brown got a 3-0 run. The Hawks managed to fight back to tie the score again at 23, but the Bears took the final two points to win 25-23 and go up 2-0 in the match.
Game three also saw both teams tied at nine to begin. After a Brown point, the Hawks went on a 4-0 run followed by a 3-0 run a point after, capped by two aces by Zoe Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.), to go up 16-11. Two points later, UMES won four straight points, with a **** and a pair of aces by Vaitai, for a 20-13 advantage. UMES fell **** to a 9-0 run by the Bears, but pulled it together to take five of the final six to win the third set 25-23.
UMES started quickly in the fourth set with an 11-5 lead, lead by a pair of kills by Victoria Williams. The Hawks would not let the Bears get closer, as a 4-0 run capped by a Rebecca Prado service ace, one of four aces she finished with, building a nine-point lead at 18-9. UMES did not look back and took the fourth game 25-16 and forced a tiebreak.
At 2-2 in the fifth set, a 3-0 run with a Saitaua Iosia **** and a Kaveinga LeaAetoa service ace put UMES up 5-2. Brown fought back to tie the contest at 9-9. The Hawks got the next three points and did not relinquish the lead again, with the Hawks finishing the match with another LeaAetoa ace and Iosia **** to win 15-12 and complete the comeback win 3-2.
In the late match, the first set saw UMES have an early 8-6 lead with a trio of kills by Iosia. The Hawks could not maintain the lead as Fordham pulled ahead, including at one time earning six out of eight points. UMES got to within two late but Fordham took the set 25-21.
Fordham came out of the gate quickly in the second set 7-3. The Hawks countered with a trio of 3-0 runs, including a pair of kills from LeaAetoa and Ndidi Ibe to move ahead 13-10. UMES would not surrender the lead and evened the match with a second game win of 25-20.
UMES was the **** of another quick start by the Rams in the third game, as Fordham took an 8-4 lead. The Hawks took five of the next six points to tie the game. The two sides exchanged a run, 4-0 for Fordham and 3-0 for UMES, as the two sides battled back and forth. With the Rams up 18-17, the Hawks again took five of six to go up 22-19. Fordham countered by winning five of the next six. UMES stayed alive by avoid the two-point deficit until the score was tied at 26, where Fordham took the next two to win 28-26 and go up 2-1 in sets.
The fourth set started as trouble for the Hawks as Fordham began on a 5-0 run. LeaAetoa scored the first three points for UMES on kills as the team tried to come back. But Fordham built a late six point lead, and despite a late 3-0 run with a pair of kills from Iosia, the Rams defeated the Hawks 25-21 in the game to take the four set victory.
Howards Johnson Named To All-Tournament Team
GREENSBORO, NC The last tournament of the season is finished; the Lady Bison (1-12) continue to fight for a win ending the Spartan Spiketacular Tournament 0-3.
The first match of the day was against the host team, UNC Greensboro Spartans (5-8). The Lady Bison out-blocked the Spartans 6-4 and ended with a higher hitting percentage in the match, but couldnt finish with enough set wins to take the victory.
Offensively, senior outside hitter Tosin Elebute had 14 kills followed by Senior Athlete Gabrielle Martin with nine kills. Martin managed to compete at every position this weekend. Freshman middle blocker Assata **** put down seven balls for the team.
After a tough loss against the Spartans, the Lady Bison took a moment to channel their thoughts to pull together in hopes of capturing a win in their next match against the Memphis Tigers (11-2).
Though Memphis put up a huge block, Elebute still managed to find room to put down 16 balls. Taylor Johnson, who received all tournament team, found the floor six times for six kills. **** contributed four kills for the Lady Bison.
Bethune-Cookman Rallies to 3-2 Non-Conference Win Over Hampton
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -Bethune-Cookman rallied for a 3-2 (22-25,25-18,22-25,25-17,15-11) victory over Hampton in the Holiday Inn Resort Invitational in Moore Gymnasium.
Krysta Gardner recorded a career-high 29 kills -and Janeen Davis delivered 23 for a Lady Wildcat (6-7) team that registered its first victory in a five-set match this season after close losses to Jacksonville and Eastern Kentucky.
B-CU remained undefeated against MEAC teams during non-conference tournament play this season, registering wins over Savannah State and UMES.
The Lady Wildcats never trailed in the tiebreaker, pulling away from a 7-6 lead for leads of 11-7 and 13-9 to take control.
Croucher Named To All-Tournament Team; Dsu Drops Match To Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. Sophomore Jessica Croucher was named to the Dartmouth Invitational All-Tournament team Saturday despite the Delaware State University volleyball team losing 3-0 to Dartmouth in the final game of the weekend.
Dartmouth overpowered the Hornets in the first set of the match, 25-14. The set included a 9-2 run from the Big Green in the middle of the set.
In the second set, Del State allowed Dartmouth to take a 10-3 lead and never fully recovered, eventually falling, 25-15.
The Hornets came out with more fight and vigor in the third set, but it wasnt enough as the Big Green outmatched them, 25-22. Things were tied at 21-21 before Dartmouth rattled off three straight points, forcing a DSU timeout. The Hornets came out of the timeout with a **** from Croucher to bring things to 24-22, but a **** from Dartmouths Maura Manley finished the match.
Lady Pirates Complete Day Two Of B-CU Tourney
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -Hampton dropped both of its matches on Saturday in the Holiday Inn Resort/Bethune-Cookman Invitational at the Moore Gymnasium.
The Lady Pirates fell in straight sets to Samford, which won 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-22), before host B-CU beat Hampton 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11).
The Lady Pirates (2-7) jumped to a 2-1 lead in the first set, before Samford went on a 6-2 run to take an 8-3 lead. Two Hampton points cut that lead to 8-5, but the Bulldogs scored five unanswered points to take a 13-5 lead.
Freshman Sonja Maksimovic recorded a **** to pull the Lady Pirates to within 18-12, but Samford never lost control of the first set, winning 25-17.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set, before Hampton answered with a 6-2 run to tie the set at 7-7. The score would be tied five more times, culminating in a 12-12 tie after a **** from junior Ornela Cadavid, before Samford answered with four straight points to regain the lead.
The Bulldogs jumped to another lead early in the third set, before the Lady Pirates responded to tie set at 7-7. The two teams traded points over several rallies; sophomore Ioana Kalfinova recorded a **** to tie the set at 13-13, and freshman Krista Kraskura added a **** of her own two points later to tie the set at 14-14.
Samford regained the lead, 17-14, before the Lady Pirates fought back to tie the set at 17-17 on a Cadavid ****. Senior Lihi Elkayam recorded a service ace to tie the set again at 19-19, before Samford again took control and closed out the match.
Mercer Claws Lady Rattlers In Four, 3-1
MACON, Ga. (Sept. 17) Florida A&Ms woes continue as they dropped their ninth match in a row as Mercer University handed the Lady Rattlers a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 22-25) loss, Saturday afternoon at the University Center.
FAMU (0-9) had a pair of Lady Rattlers to finish in double-digit kills as Maria Ceccarelli tallied a team high 13 kills, followed by Marija Jovanovic with 12. The Lady Rattlers had a trio of players to finish with double-digit digs as Karol Marquez finished with a team high 14 digs. Behind her were Dina Gonzales and Ceccarelli as Gonzales finished with 12, followed by Ceccarelli with 10. Gonzales led the team in assists with a game high 42.
Mercer (3-8) also had a pair of Lady Bears to finish in double-digit kills as Jennifer Katona finished with a game high 16 kills, followed Anna Coursey with 10. Madeline Dolny led Mercer in assists with a team high 22, followed by Monica Sanchez with 20. Amiee Frutchey led a trio of Lady Bears in double-digit kills as she finished with a game high 19. Behind her was Charlotte Harris with 15 digs, followed by Jamie Duffy with 10.
The Offensive Player of the Week is Roselande Corneille of Alabama State University. Last week, Corneille was the total package on offense, tallying 41 kills, 20 assists and a service ace at the Nicholls State Tournament. She averaged 2.73 **** per set. Corneille also had four blocks as the Lady Hornets split four matches during the week.
The Defensive Player of the Week is Donisha Dunn of Jackson State. Dunn piled up 27 blocks last week (4 solo, 23 assists), averaging 1.69 blocks per set. Dunn posted 10 assisted blocks and a solo in a hard-fought five-set loss to Nicholls State and eight block assists and a solo in a win over Louisiana Tech in five sets. Dunn also had a hitting percentage of of .230 for the week.
The Newcomer of the Week is Christine Edwards of Jackson State. Edwards had 59 kills and 39 digs in 16 sets last week. She averaged 3.69 kills per set and 2.44 digs per set. Edwards tallied 15 kills and nine digs in a win over Louisiana Tech and earned a double-double with 22 kills and 18 digs against Nicholls State. Edwards also had seven aces and was named to the 2011 Pro-Mag Nicholls State All-Tournament team.
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