Let MEAC Play Begin
North Carolina A&T (7-9) vs. North Carolina Central (0-11)
Date(s): Sept 28, 2017
Time(s): 6 p.m.
Facility: McDougald-McLendon Arena (Durham, N.C.)
AGGIES OVERVIEW: N.C. A&T begins Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play this week at North Carolina Central on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m., at McDougald-McLendon Arena. The Aggies have the best non-conference winning percentage in the southern division at .438 after going 2-1 over the weekend at the MEAC North-South Challenge with victories over Maryland Eastern Shore and Norfolk State.
N.C. CENTRAL OVERVIEW: N.C. Central is searching for their first win of the season under second-year head coach Jody Brown. The Eagles are averaging 8.8 kills, 0.9 aces, 14.2 digs, 1.6 blocks per set and hitting .082. Freshman Da’Nesha Miller leads her squad with 1.95 kills per set followed by junior Whitney White’s 1.62. White ranks ninth in the MEAC in hitting percentage (.251). Senior Paige Phillips runs the Eagles offense, averaging 7.22 assists per set to rank fifth in the league. Their defense is anchored by junior Bree Simmons’ 3.86 digs per set and junior Jazmine Daye’s 0.83 blocks per set. Simmons ranks fourth in the MEAC in digs.
RANKING THE AGGIES IN THE MEAC: N.C. A&T ranks second in the MEAC in both service aces per set (1.77) and opponent hitting percentage (.160) while they are fifth in hitting percentage (.151) and blocks per set. Individually, Edie Brewer is second in the league in service aces per set (0.53) and ranks eighth in assist (5.91). Jasmine Lindor moves up a spot to fourth in blocks per set (0.91) and is sixth in hitting percentage (.266). The third Aggie in the conference rankings is Alyssa Pitt remaining eighth in hitting percentage (.253).
HUGE WIN FOR AGGIES AT MEAC NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE: In the opening match of last weekend’s MEAC North-South Challenge in Virginia, the Aggies came from behind to upset Maryland Eastern Shore 3-2 for one of the biggest wins in the era of head coach Hal Clifton. Two Aggies posted double-figure kills led by senior Samara Brown’s 15th career double-double (12 kills and 11 digs). Brown attempted a season-high 41 attacks and posted three total blocks. Freshman Courteney Pitt ended with 11 kills and aided the defense with a season-best six digs. Freshman Edie Brewer posted nine digs and tied a season-high with four service aces and three blocks. Freshman Milanna Morgan tied a season-high with a team-best 15 digs. Senior Jasmine Lindor had seven blocks for the second time this season.
UP NEXT: N.C. A&T returns to Moore Gymnasium for three consecutive home matches. The Aggies will host Gardner-Webb in their final non-conference match of the season on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., then Savannah State on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. followed by South Carolina State on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. The Gardner-Webb and S.C. State matches can be seen live on ncataggies.com.
NEWS & NOTES:
- Aggies coach Hal Clifton has compiled a 5-7 record vs. N.C. Central. Last season, the teams split each winning on the road with both matches going the entire five sets.
- The Aggies are winless (0-4) on the road this season falling to Alabama State, Elon, Jacksonville State and East Carolina.
- N.C. A&T climbed up a spot to seventh in the nation in aces per set (1.77), fell to 10th in team service aces with 101 and entered the top-50 in opponent hitting percentage (.160), ranked 31st.
- Edie Brewer ranks nationally in both service aces and aces per set. She is 10th with 30 service aces and 12th with 0.53 per set.
- Two Aggies are averaging more than two kills per set. Alyssa Pitt has a team-high 125 kills with a 2.19 average, while sister Courteney has 107 kills with a 2.02 average.
- Samara Brown had her 15th career double-double and third this season with 12 kills and 11 digs vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.
- Jasmine Lindor had her 200th career block vs. Hampton. She leads the Aggies with 52 total blocks
- Camille Uadiale led the team last week with 14 blocks and in her last match totaled seven against Norfolk state.