Aggies Make Big Trip to Florida For MEAC Action
North Carolina A&T (11-9, 3-0) at Bethune-Cookman (5-8, 3-0); Florida A&M (5-10, 2-1)
Date(s): Oct 13, 2017; Oct. 15, 2017
Time(s): 7 p.m.; 3 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gym (Daytona Beach, Fla.); Al Lawson Center (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Series vs. Bethune-Cookman: N.C. A&T leads, 30-19
Series vs. Florida A&M: FAMU leads, 43-3
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T heads out on the road for the second time in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, facing Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M over the weekend. The Aggies have won five consecutive matches and are undefeated in conference play with victories at North Carolina Central and a pair at home against Savannah State and South Carolina State. The Aggies have just three victories in their last 10 meetings versus Bethune-Cookman. The teams split last year’s meetings each winning at home in four sets. The Aggies last win in Daytona Beach was a sweep on Oct. 27, 2006. Against Florida A&M, the Aggies will be looking to snap a 37-match losing streak. The Aggies last victory against the Rattlers occurred back in 1998.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN OVERVIEW: Bethune-Cookman is tied with N.C. A&T for first place in the MEAC Southern Division. The Wildcats are averaging 12.4 kills, 1.0 aces, 16.3 digs and 2.5 blocks per set, hitting .185 as a team. Freshman Jordan Jefferson leads the squad with 3.23 kills per set, sophomore Alana Handy is second at 2.60 and senior Rakaya Neely is third with 2.20. Senior Phalen Clark is the main setter averaging 10.36 assists per set. Four are averaging at least three digs pert led by senior Rechez Lindsay’s 3.63.
FLORIDA A&M OVERVIEW: Florida A&M (5-10, 2-1 MEAC) has suffered straight-set sweeps in four consecutive losses, including a defeat at Bethune-Cookman in their last match. The Rattlers as a team are averaging 11.6 kills, 1.3 aces, 15.9 digs and 1.8 blocks per set and are hitting .155. Three players are averaging at least two kills per set, led by sophomore Nicole Abreu’s 3.50. Sophomore Maria Yvette Garcia is second at 3.23, followed by freshman Candelaria Herrera at 2.32. Sophomore Elena Dimitrova handles the setting duties and is posting 8.70 assists per set. Junior Valentina Carracso is first with 4.82 digs per set, while Herrera is tops in blocks per set at 0.85.
BREWER NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman setter Edie Brewer earned her first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week accolade on October 9, 2017. Brewer recorded the first triple-double for N.C. A&T volleyball since 1994 with her 13 kills, 25 assists and 11 digs in a four-set non-conference win over Gardner-Webb in Moore Gymnasium. She also had three total blocks and two service aces in the match, and in her next match Brewer tallied 16 assists and nine kills on a season-best .643 hitting percentage in a straight-set win over Savannah State. Against South Carolina State, Brewer garnered a match-high 17 assists with four kills and a service ace.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Aggies return home next weekend to host rival North Carolina Central at Moore Gymnasium on Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m. In their first meeting this season (Sept. 28), the Aggies pulled out a win in five-sets led by Samara Brown’s fourth double-double of the season (14 kills and 10 digs).
NEWS & NOTES
- Freshman Edie Brewer comes into this week’s play ranked ninth in the nation in triple doubles (1), 12th in service aces (35) and 16th in aces per set (0.49). As a team, the Aggies are fourth in aces per set (1.82), fifth in team service aces (131) and 15th in opponent hitting percentage (.152).
- Senior Jasmine Lindor is fifth among MEAC players in blocks per set (0.92) and ninth in hitting percentage (.269) while sophomore Camille Uadiale joins the conference rankings at 10th in blocks per set (0.76). Brewer is the third Aggie in the conference rankings sitting second amongst service aces per set (0.49) and ninth in assists per set (5.92). As a team, the Aggies are second in both opponent hitting percentage (.152) and service aces per set (1.82). In addition, they are fourth in hitting percentage (.164) and fifth in blocks per set (1.94).
- Senior Samara Brown hit over .400 for the first time this season vs. South Carolina State. She has scored a service ace in six consecutive matches and led the Aggies in kills for the sixth time this season with nine vs. Savannah State. Brown has 713 career kills and needs 22 to move up to seventh place on the all-time list (Aleena McDaniel, 734).
- Senior Alyssa Pitt hit over .400 for the third time this season her last time out vs. South Carolina State. Pitt’s 151 kills this season is tied for the team-leader. She is eighth on the all-time blocks assisted list with 128. Next on the list is Tuamafa Reilly (144) in seventh place.
- Senior Jasmine Lindor posted a career-high attack percentage (.600) vs. South Carolina State nailing 6-of-10 attempts. She has at least one block in seven consecutive matches and has recorded one block in 18-of-19 matches this season.
- Junior Megan Wiggins tied season-high in both assists (15) and service aces (1) vs. South Carolina State. She now has five matches in double-digit assists.
- Freshman Courteney Pitt is one of three Aggies averaging at least two kills per set (Alyssa Pitt, 2.10 and Brown, 2.10). She leads the trio averaging 2.16 per set and had her fifth double-figure kill match (13) vs. South Carolina State. Against Savannah State, Pitt netted multiple service aces for the third time tying a season-best with a pair of aces.
- Freshman Milanna Morgan garnered her first kill of the season vs. Savannah State. Morgan leads the Aggies in digs per set (2.78) and has led A&T in digs a team-best 10 times.
- The Aggies are on a five-match win streak that is the longest streak under head coach Hal Clifton. Back in 2005 the Aggies won six consecutive matches (Oct 14-Oct 16) downing six MEAC northern divisional opponents in a round-up format.
- N.C. A&T has never lost a match this season when posting a higher hitting percentage, more kills, assists, service aces and digs than the opponent. The Aggies are 11-6 when finishing with more blocks and are 7-1 when winning the first two sets of a match.