Volleyball Recap: November 10
Pierre finishes with 11 kills in Bethune-Cookman’s loss at Florida A&M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Delicia Pierre had 11 kills and two service aces in Bethune-Cookman’s 3-0 (25-23,25-21,25-18) regular season finale loss to Florida A&M Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Cats (6-26 overall,5-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference South Division) finished third in the division and will face the second seed from the North Division at the MEAC tournament next week in Baltimore. Florida A&M (14-6,10-0) had already clinched the division’s number one seed.
FAMU was led by Erika Devaughn as she recorded a match high 14 kill, while Katherine Huanec added 10. Diana Gonzales recorded 41 assists in the match, while Joan Del Castillo tallied 27 digs.
Destiny Hudson added seven kills and Phleycia Armstrong and Lauren Turner five each for B-CU. Freshman setter Alexas Thomas had 30 assists and senior libero Jennifer Jimenez 13 digs.
Norfolk State Secures MEAC Tourney Berth with 3-1 Win over Delaware State
DOVER, Del. – Norfolk State had to sweat it out on Sunday afternoon, but the Spartan volleyball team ultimately came away with a 3-1 win over Delaware State to lock up a berth in the MEAC tournament next weekend.
NSU dropped the first set to Delaware State, 25-23, at Memorial Hall before rebounding to win the next three, including the last two in extra points. The Spartans rallied by winning those last three sets, 25-20, 26-24 and 26-24.
The victory moved NSU to 11-17 overall and 7-5 in the Northern Division. Norfolk State finished in a tie for fourth place with Morgan State, but the Spartans won the tiebreaker after winning both matches this year against the Bears.
Coppin State blanks Howard to secure second seed
BALTIMORE -- Cindy Okpegbue had 11 kills and posted a .375 hitting percentage leading Coppin State to a 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Howard on Sunday securing the second seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament for the Eagles in the regular season finale for both teams.
It's been another record-breaking season for Coppin State under the direction of second-year head coach Ashley Preston. The Eagles set school records for overall victories, conference victories, consecutive victories and consecutive home victories.
Coppin State concludes the regular season with an overall record of 13-15 and a MEAC mark of 8-4. Howard wraps up the regular season with a 20-10 record and an 8-4 conference record. The Eagles earned the No. 2 seed from the Northern Division for the MEAC Tournament by virutue of beating top-seeded Hampton, while the Bison lost both matches to Hampton.
Coppin State also received nine kills from Kandace Thomas and nine kills and three blocks from Kendra Ireigbe. The Eagles placed three players in double figures in digs led by Gabrielle Otero who had 17. Nicole Malave added 14 digs and Ariel Richard had 11 digs.
Chelsee Sauni, who already broke the Coppin State single-season assist record, added 36 more assists to her total.
Dominique Cleggett had nine kills to lead Howard, while Katherine Broussard had seven kills and eight digs.
Hampton wraps up regular season with sweep of UMES
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Hampton University volleyball team closed the regular season with its third straight win on Sunday, beating Maryland Eastern Shore 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-21) at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
The Lady Pirates (16-10, 10-2 MEAC) will be the Northern Division’s top seed in the MEAC Volleyball Championships, which will be held this coming Friday through Sunday at Coppin State.
Junior rightside Vendula Strakova led the way with 17 kills, hitting .382 thanks to just four errors in 34 attacks. She also tied for the team lead with nine digs on defense, along with senior setter Bibiany Fonseca (Uberlandia, Brazil).
Strakova is 41 kills shy of 1,000 in her Hampton career.
Junior outside hitters Krista Kraskura and Sonja Maksimovic each added nine kills for the Lady Pirates.
Fonseca had 34 of Hampton’s 39 assists.
Haley Robinson led UMES (3-21, 2-10 MEAC) with nine kills.
Lady Bulldogs knock off Lady Aggies in regular season finale
ORANGEBURG, S.C.—The South Carolina State women’s volleyball team defeated North Carolina A&T, 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23), in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) matchup. With the win the Lady Bulldogs secured a berth in the 2013 MEAC championships.
SC State had two players to record double-digit kills led by Desire Waller with a match-high 26. Marissa Lawrence had 14 kills as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-21 overall and 5-5 in the MEAC. Freshman Victoria Ferguson picked up a match-high 21 digs while sophomore Melanie Williams put a match-high 46 set assists in the win.
NC A&T was led by Aleena McDaniel with 14 kills. Brooke Stamnes had 13 and Te’Borah Hawkins had11 kills as the Lady Aggies dropped to 7-24 overall and 6-4 in the MEAC.
Russell ties career high as NCCU drops season finale to Savannah State
SAVANNAH, Ga. – North Carolina Central University volleyball senior Kalin Russell tied her kill record set a week ago at 18 during the Eagles season-finale loss to the Savannah State Tigers, 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20) on Sunday, Nov. 10 in Savannah, Ga.
Russell finished her final match in a NCCU uniform tying her career of 18 kills while also contributing five digs and two blocks.
Assisting the Eagles offense was sophomore Melissa Rabell Pineiro who seized 24 of the teams 25 helpers.
On the defensive end, senior J’Nae Raynor led the team during her last run as an Eagle collecting 10 digs, while freshman Kelsey Murphy added eight. On the net, junior Ashley McCarthy collected six blocks in addition to her three kills and two service aces.
As a team, NCCU earned 33 kills on 112 attempts, amassed 25 assists, 36 digs, six service aces and seven team blocks.
Three Tigers finished with double-digit kills while Biance Brochu led the way for SSU with 14. Asiha Williams collected a match-high 11 digs and Caitlynn Masoe circulated a match-best 40 assists.
Collectively, the Tigers knocked in 48 kills on 117 attempts, earned 42 assists, 48 digs, five service aces and four team blocks.