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Volleyball Takes Down MVSU at JSU Invitational

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 09/08/2017
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Sophomore Christa Wilson posted a career-high .647 hitting percentage in the Aggies 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley State Friday at the Jacksonville State Invitational. Photo by Erin E. Mizelle
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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (September 8, 2017) – N.C. A&T cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 8, 15) victory over Mississippi Valley State in their second match of the Jacksonville State Invitational Friday night at Pete Matthews Coliseum. Earlier in the day the Aggies lost to tournament host Jacksonville State 3-0 (25-15, 20, 12).  

In their win over MVSU, the Aggies (4-5) were aided by a season-high .400 hitting percentage. It was the highest hitting percentage since posting a .442 hitting percentage against North Carolina Central on Oct. 25, 2013.  

Sophomore Christa Wilson posted a career-high .647 attack percentage as she recorded 12 kills and only one attack error in 17 attempts. Wilson finished with a career-high three service aces. For the second time this season, freshman Edie Brewer eclipsed the 30-assist mark and set a new season-high with 33 against the Devilettes. Brewer also had eight digs, four kills and a pair of blocks. Senior Alyssa Pitt added seven kills, 12 digs and a career-high five assists.

Senior Samara Brown also had seven kills with six digs and freshman Courteney Pitt added six kills.

The Aggies came out and shut down the MVSU attack holding the Devilettes to a .080 hitting percentage in the opening set, protecting the net with three blocks. Uadiale was the enforcer with three total blocks. Brown impacted both ends with a team-high four kills and five digs in the set. MSVU had their only advantage of the set at 2-1 on an Aggie service error. The Aggies answered by going on an 8-2 run in route to taking the first set.

N.C. A&T controlled the second set early on with a huge 10-0 lead to start things. Wilson started to heat up tallying five kills, three aces and three digs. Defensively, N.C. A&T surrendered three kills, holding the Devilettes to a .000 hitting percentage. Courteney Pitt added three kills in the blowout.

Wilson anchored the Aggies in the match-clinching third set with seven kills.  N.C. A&T’s offense was highlighted by 18 team kills for a .424 attack percentage. Alyssa Pitt and Brewer each had four kills while senior Jasmine Lindor had a pair of kills and a block. N.C. A&T has out blocked their opponents in each of their nine matches this season.

“It was good to see the team bounce back from our outing this morning”, N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton said. “We were happy to get a chance to work on some things and were able to have everyone contribute on the floor. We did a nice job in the serve and pass area as well as the end line. It was good to see our offense hit for such a high percentage. We continued our presence at the net by again out-blocking our opponents. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the morning match.”

The Aggies face the University of Louisiana Monroe Saturday at 9 a.m., in the second day of the invitational. N.C. A&T will conclude the invitational with a 2 p.m., Saturday match against Alcorn State.  

 On Friday morning, Samara Brown finished with a team-high seven kills in the Aggies loss to JSU. The Aggies held a 7-3 advantage in blocks paced by Lindor’s four.

Wilson recorded all three of her kills in the first set leading the Aggies early attack. The match stayed within a two-point margin within the first 10 points as N.C. A&T trimmed the deficit to 11-9 after kills by Courteney Pitt and Brown. Jacksonville State answered with a 16-6 run to close out the first set.

The Aggies got off to a quick start in the next set and led 12-10 forcing JSU to call timeout.  Seven early kills were recorded by the trio of Lindor, Brown and Courteney Pitt that kept N.C. A&T ahead. Brown was the aggressor with five kills and added three digs to help counter the Gamecocks attack while Lindor posted three blocks. The Aggies unfortunately were slowed by 10 attack errors. Despite that, the Aggies were within two, 21-19, on a Lindor kill. The Gamecocks ended the set on a 4-1 run, however, to take a 2-0 lead.  

 Jacksonville State (7-3) eased to victory in the third. Freshman Milanna Morgan recorded a set-high five digs and both Brown and Lindor notched solo blocks.  Freshman Edie Brewer had 14 assists and Morgan collected 12 digs with a season-high four assists.

Jacksonville State had a pair finish with double-figure kills in Allyson Zuhlke (14) and Charis Ludtke (12). Jennifer Hart recorded 31 assists and Madison Cooler finished with a team-high nine digs.

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