Volleyball team losses to in-state rivals

Janay Boone- Sport Editor

North Carolina Central topped North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 27-25, 26-28, 15-11) in a MEAC volleyball match at McDougald-McLendon Gym.

This win marked NCCU’s (2-22, 2-4 MEAC) first win at home this season as N.C. A&T (3-20, 3-3 MEAC) fell to 3-3 in the league. The Aggies are 0-5 in five-set matches this season.

Four Aggies had double-figure kills, including junior Brooke Stamnes, who finished with 14 kills and 20 digs to add on to her seventh double-double of the season.

Aleena McDaniel also recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs. Freshman Samara Brown tallied her third double-double with 15 assists and 12 kills.

Junior Te’Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth added 10 kills and six block assists. Sophomore Liz Martino tallied a match-high 31 assists and junior Ashley Johnson recorded 27 digs.

The Eagles made their presence known early after winning the first set 25-21, which featured 11 lead changes. The Aggies tied the match after taking the second set 25-16. With the second set tied at 7, the Aggies gained a 20-14 edge over the Eagles.

During the third set, the Aggies held a 17-12 advantage but the Eagles cut N.C. A&T’s lead to 20-18.  N.C. A&T held a 25-24 edge but an error kept the game alive and deadlocked it at 25. NCCU recorded two consecutive kills to take the 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set.

In the fourth set, the Eagles led 16-15 but a kill by McDaniel from Martino tied the set at 16. An Eagle error and another McDaniel kill forced the Aggies and Eagles into the deciding fifth set.

NCCU led 9-6 in the fifth set which forced the Aggies to call a timeout. NCCU scored the final three points with two kills and an N.C. A&T error.

N.C. A&T will host Florida A&M on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., in Moore Gymnasium. They will close the weekend with a match on Sunday, Nov. 2 against Bethune-Cookman at 1 p.m.

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