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Volleyball Recap: November 6

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 11/06/2016
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Sunday’s MEAC Women’s Volleyball Results
Bethune-Cookman 3, North Carolina Central 0
Maryland Eastern Shore 3, Delaware State 0
Savannah State 3, South Carolina State 1
Morgan State 3, Coppin State 1
Norfolk State 3, Hampton 1
Florida A&M 3, North Carolina A&T State 1

 

 

 

Maryland Eastern Shore 3, Delaware State 0
DOVER, Del. — The Hawks volleyball squad finished the regular season way the same way they began back in August—with four straight wins. The last win came Sunday in a sweep of Delaware State (25-16, 25-17, 25-18) at Memorial Hall in Dover.
Maryland Eastern Shore concluded the campaign with a record of 17-12 (10-12 MEAC), earning the highest number of conference victories since 2012. Delaware State falls to 1-27 (1-11 MEAC) on the season.
As a team the Hawks recorded a .418 hitting percentage. Sophomores Rachel Kayongo and Lucia Babic struck nine kills each, and senior Mere Serea finished with seven kills and no errors on ten attempts with four blocks, two of them solo.
Freshman Ivana Blazevic averaged ten assists per set with a team high seven digs. Blazevic also tied with Kayongo for a match high three service aces. Junior Kirstin Fink ended the afternoon a perfect 4-for-4 on attacks with three block assists and two aces.

 

 

Savannah State 3, South Carolina State 1
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Senior middle hitter Gabrielle Nathaniel led the Savannah State University women’s volleyball team (2-25, 2-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with 10 kills as the Lady Tigers defeated South Carolina State University (0-25, 0-10 MEAC) 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16) Sunday in Dukes Gymnasium in SSU’s final match of the season.
The Ontario, Canada native also led the team with a .471 hitting percentage and added two digs, while junior setter Alee Quint led the team with 34 assists and added two service aces.
Senior libero Alexis Washington led the team with 17 digs, while senior setter Caitlynn Masoe added eight kills with a .278 hitting percentage, seven assists, two service aces and three digs.
Graduate student Justice Dilworth led the team with five service aces, tied for third for the most service aces in a four-setter, and added eight kills with a .333 hitting percentage and four digs, while freshman middle blocker Dominique Ingram added seven kills with a .357 hitting percentage and three blocks.  Sophomore outside hitter Charlinda Colbert led the team with four blocks and added three kills.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Brianna Dafney with 16 kills, Fabiola Plaza with 29 assists and Alexis Moses with 14 digs. 

 

 

Bethune-Cookman 3, North Carolina Central 0
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A straight-set setback against host Bethune-Cookman University on Sunday ended any chance of the North Carolina Central University volleyball team moving up the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division standings before the league tournament in two weekends.
The Wildcats jumped into second place in the Southern Division with the 25-15, 25-17, 25-10 victory over the Lady Eagles. Bethune-Cookman (9-20 Overall, 7-3) will have 12 days to prepare for the MEAC Tournament with no games until the event starts in Princess Anne, Maryland, on Friday, Nov. 18. NCCU (5-16, 4-5) will be the fourth seed in the conference tourney and will play the top seed from the Northern Division in Howard University in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore middle blocker Whitney White and senior outside hitter Casey Curran combined for 16 of NCCU’s 27 total points. White led the way with 8.5 points, including five kills, four blocks (one solo, three assists) and one aces. Curran tallied 7.5 points, featuring four kills, three aces and one block assist.
Senior Kelsey Murphy and freshman Nia Singletary chipped in three kills apiece. Murphy led the Lady Eagles defensive efforts with 16 digs. Junior setter Paige Phillips added 13 assists and two block assists.
The Wildcats secured their second straight win by attacking with a .371 hitting percentage. Freshman Alana Handy paced the hot-hitting squad with 13 kills. Junior Rakaya Neely supplied nine kills while seniors Jill Arlaud and Lauren Tayler both netted eight spikes.

 

 

Norfolk State 3, Hampton 1
NORFOLK, Va. – The circumstances could not have lined up any better for the Norfolk State volleyball team on Sunday afternoon. Needing a win on Senior Day over its biggest rival to keep its season alive, the Spartans came through when it counted the most.
Playing in front of a raucous crowd inside Gill Gymnasium, NSU rode that momentum to a 3-1 win over Hampton to secure the fourth and final MEAC Northern Division spot in the conference tournament in two weeks.
It was a winner-take-all match for that fourth and final spot, and a contest that was nearly dead even except from the service line. The Spartans secured the win by taking the final two sets. First, thanks to a big run in the middle, NSU won the opening stanza by a 25-22 margin. Hampton stormed back and held off the Spartans in the second set, 25-20. NSU, though, was in control in the third set and most of the fourth in winning 25-15 and 25-20, respectively.
After a slow start, senior Jessica Johnson caught fire late, combining for 14 of her 17 total kills in the final two stanzas. She now needs just six more to reach 1,000 for her career and become the second NSU player ever to reach that mark.
NSU finished the regular season with a 5-7 MEAC record, tying Hampton for fourth place in the division. Due to the Spartans’ sweep of the Pirates this season, Norfolk State secured the tiebreaker to earn a spot in the tournament. Only the top four teams from each division advance.
As the No. 4 seed, NSU will play South No. 1 seed Florida A&M on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in the first round of the tournament.
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