Aggies Prepare For A Weekend In Florida
A&T Aggies (1-27, 1-5) at Florida A&M (9-9, 7-0)
Friday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Al Lawson Center-Tallahassee, Fla.
North Carolina A&T Aggies at Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m.
Moore Gymnasium-Daytona Beach, Fla.
Match Preview: The Aggies will play in their final road trip of the season this weekend, taking the long ride south to the Sunshine State to take on Florida A&M on Friday and Bethune-Cookman on Sunday. The Aggies have four matches left in the season, and will look to finish with a better MEAC record than last season (2-8). The Aggies currently stand in fifth place in the Southern Division with a 1-5 record, behind the Wildcats and S.C. State Bulldogs, who are tied with a 4-3 mark. The Aggies will look to win their first set off the Rattlers since 2006, and will look to defeat the Wildcats after losing in five sets on Oct. 5.
Florida A&M Rattlers Scouting Report: The Aggies are 4-36 against the Rattlers entering into Friday's match. The Rattlers are 7-0 in MEAC play this season and 9-9 overall, ranked first in the Southern Division. Leading the Rattlers offensively are Yeisha Arcia (3.45 kills per set) and Maria Ceccarelli (3.02). Pamela Barrera leads the team with 35 blocks and Karol Marquez has a team-high 320 digs. The Aggies were swept by the Rattlers in their last meeting on Oct. 7 in Moore Gymnasium.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Scouting Report: The Aggies are 28-13 against the Wildcats, who will take on N.C. Central on Friday before hosting the Aggies on Sunday. Bethune-Cookman is 4-24 on the year and 4-3 in conference play entering into MEAC matches this weekend. The Wildcats are tied for third place in the Southern Division with S.C. State. Krysta Gardner leads the team with 3.26 kills per set. Delicia Pierre (184) and Janeen Davis (150) are second and third on the team in kills. Davis leads the team with 224 digs, and Aria Cormier leads the team with 66 blocks.
Can You Dig It?: Freshman libero Ashley Johnson is about to reach another milestone figure this season. She has totaled 399 digs for an average of 3.84 digs per set this fall for the Aggies, and is closing in on the 400 digs plateau with four matches left in the regular season. Her 399 digs are most number by an A&T player since Stacey Malone recorded 513 in 2007. Johnson reached 300 digs on Oct. 7, by collecting seven in the loss to Florida A&M. She has posted double-digit digs in 18 separate matches.