North Carolina A&T Aggies (1-24, 1-4) vs. Norfolk State Spartans (6-18, 3-2)
Wednesday, October 17-6 p.m.
Dig Pink Preview: The Aggies return home triumphant after picking up their first win of the year and by sweeping Savannah State on Sunday. The Aggies host Norfolk State in a non-conference match on Wednesday evening in Moore Gym. A&T is proud to host its annual Dig Pink match on Wednesday, wearing pink jerseys and armbands to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The Aggies will look to use the momentum from Sunday's victory to start a winning streak as they head into their final seven matches of the regular season. To earn a berth into the MEAC Championship Tournament-something that A&T has not done since 2007-the Aggies will have to finish fourth or better in the Southern Division. The Aggies have played each of their Southern Division opponents once this season, and have five more matches against them. The Aggies are currently in fifth place in the Southern Division, two games behind S.C. State, N.C. Central and Bethune-Cookman who are all 3-2 in the MEAC after Sunday's matches.
Norfolk State Scouting Report: A&T is 22-8 against the Spartans entering into Wednesday's match. The Spartans are 3-2 in the MEAC Northern Division, sitting in fourth place. Senior Charlotte Armstead leads the team with 271 kills for an average of 3.11 per set. Junior Goda Jankauskaite leads the team with 61 total blocks. Freshman setter Darcy Moore was named MEAC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8. The Spartans have four players with 100 or more digs and five with 100 or more kills.
What did she say?: "I think today was a day where we learned the importance of finishing. As a team, we normally break down at the end and make it harder for ourselves to finish. We had our moments in today's game where things may not have gone right, but we endured and pulled out our first win. It feels good."-Senior Andrea Evans after sweeping Savannah State on Sunday
Improving from 2011: The Aggies have collected 20 set victories with seven matches to play. In 29 matches in 2011, the Aggies only won eight sets. The Aggies also were able to avoid losing in three consecutive sets in 14 of their 25 matches. In 2011, only two of A&T's 27 losses were in four sets. The Aggies also have played in four five-set matches this season--more than in the last three years combined.