Huge Weekend For A&T VB Starts Friday Against BCU
North Carolina A&T (14-11, 5-2) vs. Bethune-Cookman (10-13, 7-1); Florida A&M (10-11, 7-1)
Date(s): Friday, Nov. 10, 2017; Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Time(s): 7 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gymnasium (Greensboro, N.C.)
BCU Series: A&T leads, 30-20; FAMU Series: FAMU leads, 44-3
AGGIES OVERVIEW: The Aggies close out the regular season with home matches against Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M in Moore Gymnasium. N.C. A&T still has a shot at capturing at least a share of the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title with a strong finish at home where they have a 5-3 record. If the Aggies capture a regular-season title it will be a nice parting gift for seniors Samara Brown, Alyssa Pitt and Jasmine Lindor. The threesome will be honored before Sunday’s match against FAMU.
WHAT’S NEXT? North Carolina A&T prepares for the upcoming 2017 MEAC Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 17-19 in Princess Anne, Md. on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Going into the weekend, the Aggies are ranked third in the MEAC Southern Division one match behind both Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN OVERVIEW: Bethune-Cookman is on a two-match skid highlighted by a conference road defeat at Florida A&M (3-1) last weekend. BCU is 3-7 on the road and are tied for first place in the MEAC Southern Division at 7-1. The Wildcats are averaging 12.4 kills, 0.9 aces, 16.4 digs and 2.3 blocks per set, while posting a .193 hitting percentage. Freshman Jordan Jefferson leads the squad, averaging 3.11 kills, while senior Rakaya Neely is second at 2.28. Senior Phalen Clark is the main setter averaging 10.4 assists per set. Senior Rechez Lindsay (3.93) and freshman Jordan Jefferson (3.03) are both averaging at least three digs per set, while Neely averages a team-high 1.05 blocks per set.
AGGIES VS. WILDCATS SERIES: The Aggies have three victories in their last 11 meetings with the Wildcats. The teams split last year’s meetings each winning at home in four sets.
A&T FALLS SHORT IN FIVE-SET THRILLER AT BCU: Samara Brown recorded season-highs in kills (15) and attack attempts (45) while notching her fifth double-double by adding 10 digs in a five-set (21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 12-15) loss at Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 13. Edie Brewer tallied 25 assists with 10 digs for her fifth double-double while attempting a season-high 26 attacks. Courteney Pitt tied a team-high with 15 kills and Alyssa Pitt had 14 kills also a season-best. Jasmine Lindor tied a career-high with seven digs and for the third time this season Megan Wiggins garnered 15 assists.
FLORIDA A&M OVERVIEW: Florida A&M won their last three straight matches which were all at home against conference opponents. FAMU is 2-6 on the road this season and are tied for first in the MEAC Southern Division. The Rattlers as a team are averaging 11.8 kills, 1.5 aces, 15.1 digs and 1.9 blocks per set and are hitting .180. Two players are averaging at least two kills per set led by sophomore Nicole Abreu’s 3.35. Sophomore Maria Yvette Garcia is second at 3.09, while sophomore Valeria Lopez handles the setting duties and is posting 8.70 assists per set. Junior Valentina Carracso is first with 4.53 digs per set and freshman Candelaria Herrera is tops in blocks per set at 0.92.
AGGIES VS. RATTLERS SERIES: N.C. A&T has dropped 38 consecutive matches to FAMU. The Aggies last victory against the Rattlers occurred in 1998.
DESPITE TWO STRONG SETS, AGGIES FALL TO FAMU: In their first meeting of the season, Florida A&M swept N.C. A&T in straight sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-18) in the Al Lawson Center. Samara Brown led the Aggies in kills finishing with 12 on 29 attempts for a .241 attack percentage. Courteney Pitt had nine kills, Jasmine Lindor added six kills and four blocks while Edie Brewer collected 21 assists, a team-high six digs, five kills and three blocks.
BROWN & LINDOR EARN MEAC WEEKLY HONORS: Senior Samara Brown was named MEAC co-player of the week and senior Jasmine Lindor earned defensive specialist of the week honors, announced by the conference office Monday morning. Brown hit .404 for the weekend in helping the Aggies pick up conference wins, averaging 4.5 kills per set. She had 13 kills and a .385 hitting percentage, to go along with five digs, in a straight-set win over Savannah State before hitting .423 and recording 14 kills in a sweep of South Carolina State. Brown also had five total blocks in both matches. Lindor averaged 2.0 blocks per set this past weekend, recording 12 total blocks. She had six total blocks against SSU to go along with an ace and three kills, while her six total blocks against SCSU came along with a .429 hitting percentage and four kills.
NEWS & NOTES
- Freshman Edie Brewer comes into this week’s play ranked 11th in the nation in triple doubles (1), 12th in aces per set (0.46) and 19th in service aces (43). As a team, the Aggies are fourth in the nation in aces per set (1.82), 11th in opponent hitting percentage (.151) and 19th in team service aces (162). Brewer set a new season-high with five service aces and had her sixth double-double (17 assists, 14 digs) at Savannah State.
- Senior Jasmine Lindor rose to third amongst MEAC players in blocks per set (0.96) and ranks 230th nationally. while sophomore Camille Uadile is ranked 10th (0.80). Brewer moved to second in the conference in service aces per set (0.48) and remains 10th in assists per set (6.00). As a team, the Aggies rank second in four categories; blocks per set (2.10), opponent hitting percentage (.151), team service aces (162) and service aces per set (1.82). In addition, they are fifth in three categories; hitting percentage (.173), team assists (865) and team kills (957).
- Senior Samara Brown had back-to-back double figure kill matches earning co-player of the week in the MEAC. She has 10 double-figure kill matches this season and leads the Aggies in kills per set (2.39). Brown is fifth on the all-time kills list with 840 career kills, next on the list in fourth place is Mara Davis (910).
- Sophomore Christa Wilson had her fifth and sixth double-figure dig matches (10 at SSU and 12 at SCSU) last weekend.
- Junior Megan Wiggins is second on the Aggies in assists and notched her ninth double digit assist match with 10 at Savannah State. She averages 2.21 digs per set.
- Freshman Courteney Pitt finished with a season-best three blocks at SCSU and recorded her 200th kill of the season. She had her eighth double-figure kill match with 10 at Savannah State.