Aggies Set To Face The Citadel
North Carolina A&T Aggies (1-25) at The Citadel Bulldogs (4-22)
Tuesday, October 23-6 p.m.
McAlister Field House--Charleston, S.C.
Match Preview: The Aggies will hit the road for their final nonconference match of the season as they visit Charleston, S.C., to face off against The Citadel. The Aggies will then wrap up the 2012 regular season with a match against each of their five conference opponents-three of which will be on the road. The Aggies will start their final run for a berth in the MEAC tournament with a match in Durham against arch-rival N.C. Central on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The Aggies have to finish fourth or better in the Southern Division in order to advance to the tournament-something they have not done since 2007. The Aggies are currently in fifth place after MEAC action.
The Citadel Scouting Report: A&T is 1-3 against the Bulldogs. The Citadel is 0-10 in the Southern Conference, and has lost its last four matches. The Bulldogs also feature a young squad with five freshmen and five sophomores. Currently, Rachael Farrell leads the team with 200 kills, averaging 2.15 per set. Jessica Maxwell leads the team with a .270 hitting percentage, and is third on the team with 172 kills on the year. Farrell and Emily Dalton are tied for the team lead with 233 digs, while Lauren Hurt has 98 blocks on the season.
What did he say? "We've got to take away that we can compete. We can get after it, we can play. Believing that we can play and believing that we're good enough to win is where we're at. We're just getting over the hump. We've just got to focus on that we can do good things and keep after it."-A&T head coach Hal Clifton after their last match.
Help from Hawkins-Hollingsworth: Freshman outside hitter Te'Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth has tallied double-digit kills in each of her last three matches, setting a new season high in each one. In the last three matches, Hawkins-Hollingsworth has totaled a team-best 36 kills (for an average of 3.0 kills per set) and has posted a .222 hitting percentage. She has also added three blocks and five digs in that span. The Aggies will look to Hawkins-Hollingsworth to continue to produce as they wrap up conference play.