Howard Sweeps North Carolina Central To Advance
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Howard volleyball team cruised to a three-set victory (25-11, 25-17, 25-18) over N.C. Central in the quarterfinals of the 2016 MEAC Volleyball Championship on Friday afternoon in Hytche Athletic Center.
With the win, No. 1 North seed Howard will face No. 2 South seed Bethune-Cookman in a semifinal match on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Junior Khaila Donaldson posted her 11th double-double of the season thanks to 10 kills and 11 digs. Classmate Jessica Young was right behind her with nine kills, while seniors Dominique Cleggett and Katherine Broussard had seven kills apiece.
Sophomore Tamia Dockery added 20 assists to the stat sheet and senior Briana Jackson finished with 13 helpers.
Defensively, Broussard led the charge with 12 digs, followed by senior Morgan Marlbrough with 10. Senior Whitney Fields was a force at the net for the Bison, coming up with six blocks.
Howard hit .320 as a team and once again proved it has one of the toughest defenses in the nation as it held the Eagles to a .010 hitting percentage.
Kelsey Murphy was just shy of a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs for NCCU. Paige Phillips handed out 18 assists and Bree Simmons tallied a match-best 13 digs.