SWAC Roundup: Grambling State, Southern Win in 5 Sets

  0 volleymob | September 22nd, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Courtesy: SWAC

Friday’s Scores:
Texas Southern 3,  Mississippi Valley 0
Alcorn State 3, UAPB 0
Jackson State 3, Grambling State 1
Alabama A&M 3, Southern 0
Alabama State 3, Prairie View A&M 0
Southern 3, Mississippi Valley 2
Jackson State 3, Texas Southern 1
Grambling State 3 vs. Alabama State 2
Prairie View A&M 3, Alcorn State 0
Alabama A&M 3, UAPB 0

Notable Results
BATON ROUGE, La. – Behind a 16-kill effort from Alondra Rivera Modesto, Alcorn State upended Arkansas-Pine Bluff in straight sets to begin conference play. The win snapped a 31-game slide in league play, which was the second-longest active streak in the country.

The Lady Braves (3-7, 1-0) outhit UAPB (2-10, 0-1) .337-.185, highlighted by a blistering .593 clip during a 25-12 Alcorn romp in set one.

Fiapaipai Iosia collected a team-best 11 digs and served up seven aces, as the Lady Braves delivered 12 service aces compared to the Lady Lions’ three. Mae Lewis and Sydney Joseph each put away 10 kills for the Lady Braves. Haley Gomez led UAPB with 10 kills, and Britney Salhmann put up 19 assists and four digs.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Grambling State (2-13, 1-1) clawed out of a 0-2 hole to defeat Alabama State (4-14, 1-1) in five sets during opening night of conference play. The win snaps Alabama State’s 43-match win streak versus conference opponents – the Lady Hornets swept Prairie View A&M earlier in the day – and is Grambling’s first win over Alabama State since 2009.

Chasity Nicks led the way with 20 kills, and L’Murriel Thrower (24) and Shelia Borders (17) combined for 41 assists. Erineka Mollere collected 28 digs, with Talicia Lang adding 16 digs and eight kills, and Thrower chipped in eight.

Krysta Medearis led the Hornets with 16 kills, adding six block assists. Bayle’ Bennett notched a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Candace Martin put away 10 kills with seven blocks, and Kori Kutsch dished out 42 assists.

After falling behind two sets to nil, Grambling broke open a 9-9 set three with a 10-1 run to take control. The Lady Tigers eventually earned a shot at set point, but the Lady Hornets didn’t go quietly as Medearis and Martin powered a 4-0 run that tied the frame at 24. Grambling regrouped as Kayla Doughtry put down a kill, and a Martin attack went awry to give Grambling the set.

Grambling tied the match in a hotly-contested fourth set with a 7-1 run that broke an 18-18 tie, and in the fifth, Nicks was the difference, spiking four kills in the frame, including two of the final three Lady Tiger points that punctuated a 7-2 match-winning splurge.

Alabama State outhit Grambling .180-.172, but committed 33 attack errors to 24 by Grambling.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jackson State (3-12, 2-0) opened league play with four-set victories over Grambling State and Texas Southern during day one of the SWAC West Volleyball Roundup.

Marina Bianchi Brito posted 13 kills to lead JSU over Grambling, with Kaneil’a Nomura adding 10. Sapphire Simpson dished 23 assists, and Priscilla Sanchez added 18. Defensively, Markayisha Masani led with 16 digs. Grambling got 11 kills each from Chasity Nicks and Kevreion Ward.

After Grambling dominated set one to the tune of a 25-14 win, Jackson State controlled matters from there. Grambling committed 19 of its 21 attack misfires in the final three sets as Jackson State outhit Grambling .235 – -.037 in the fourth and final set.

Tielar Richards paced Jackson State with 11 kills in the team’s win over Texas Southern. Masani and Alexandra Burney each posted 17 digs. For TSU, Kirby Anderson had a strong performance in defeat with 13 kills and seven blocks. Breyanna York put up 34 assists for Texas Southern.

Jackson State took the first two sets and was poised for a sweep before Texas Southern shook off a slow start in set three, overrunning Jackson State in the late stages. However, JSU didn’t allow Texas Southern to sustain momentum, keeping TSU at bay down the stretch of the fourth frame.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Three Southern players posted double-digit kills as the Lady Jaguars (2-9, 1-1) outlasted Mississippi Valley in five sets to notch their first league win of 2018.

Paige Hall, Jada Carter and Shelby Jolly each put down 10 kills, with Hall adding five blocks. Vaterra Calais (19) and Princess Stark (16) combined for 35 assists. Defensively, Arabella Hall and Bailey Jefferson added 12 digs a piece.

Tyler Caliste led MVSU with 22 kills, the most by a SWAC player this season.

The sides alternated set victories, with Mississippi Valley claiming set four on the strength of two 5-0 scoring runs that bookended the frame. Southern opened the final stanza with a 6-3 advantage, but MVSU tied the match 7-7. Despite Caliste’s hot hitting – she put down five kills in the set – Jolly and Carter managed to carry the Southern offense to victory.

Carter accounted for half of the Jaguars’ final six points, and Jolly closed the book on a potential Devilette comeback with the match-ending spike.

Quick Hits

  • In earlier action, Alabama A&M cruised to a straight-set win over Southern behind an overpowering effort from hitters Terra Brooks, Alana Cox and Jaelin Gant. Brooks led AAMU with 15 kills and 11 digs on a .433 hit percentage, while Gant converted on .500 of her attacks on her way to 12 kills. Cox notched 12 kills as well, hitting .348. Megan Evans added 35 assists for the Lady Bulldogs.
  • Brooks continued her strong play with a 12-kill effort during the Lady Bulldogs’ sweep of UAPB. Megan Evans dished out 29 assists while Mine Centinoz added 21 digs. Maya Evans added 11 kills while hitting .385. Kendalle Howard led UAPB with 16 digs and 10 kills.
  • Alabama State outhit Prairie View .247 – .047 during a 3-0 win over the Lady Panthers. Medearis led the team with 10 kills.
  • Mississippi Valley State’s Tyler Caliste has put down 62 kills over her past four matches.
  • Jaylan Thomas posted 11 kills as Prairie View A&M closed the day on a high note in the form of a straight-set win over Alcorn State. Erica Jimenez posted a double-double for the Lady Panthers with 17 assists and 12 kills.

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