North Carolina A&T (6-12, 4-0 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman (5-13, 2-2 MEAC)
Date: Friday, Oct. 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gymnasium
North Carolina A&T (6-12, 4-0 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M (5-13, 3-1 MEAC)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Al Lawson Center
YOUR NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES: North Carolina A&T volleyball team takes its four-match winning streak to Florida for two big matches this weekend.
The Aggies face the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Friday in Daytona Beach and Florida A&M Rattlers Sunday afternoon Tallahassee. FAMU is a game back behind the Aggies, while B-CU is two games behind N.C. A&T in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division. Both Florida teams were picked first in the MEAC preseason poll. The Aggies were picked third by only one point in the voting behind the Wildcats and Rattlers.
FAMU and BCU played one another Tuesday night in Daytona Beach. The Rattlers won in five sets to keep pace with the first-place Aggies. The Aggies went 2-0 in Baltimore last weekend with a 3-2 win over Coppin State and 3-0 against Morgan State.
Junior outside hitter Courtney Pitt led the Aggies last week by averaging 3.62 kills per set. Junior setter Edie Brewer averaged 5.12 assists per set, 2.62 kills per set, 2.00 digs per set and 1.38 blocks per set over the weekend. Sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera led the Aggies defensively with 4.12 digs per set and sophomore middle hitter Shaylynn Hall averaged 1.38 blocks per set.
In the MEAC, Pitt ranks second in kills per set at 3.94 to go along with 1.59 digs per set. Brewer is seventh in the conference in assists per set (5.74), ninth in kills per set (2.80) and fifth in hitting percentage (.279). She also averages 2.42 digs per set. Laboy-Rivera leads the MEAC in digs per set (4.31), and Hall leads the conference in blocks per set (1.05).
In conference play only, Pitt is averaging 4.56 kills per set, while Brewer has upped her numbers in blocks per set in conference play by averaging 1.12. Her hitting in MEAC play has also been superb as she heads into the weekend with a .347 hitting percentage. Hall is averaging 1.27 blocks against conference opponents.
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats: The Wildcats have lost three of the last four matches including a loss to FAMU, Tuesday. The B-CU statistical leaders are Jordan Jefferson with 2.34 kills per set, Ryleigh Taylor with 4.97 assists per set and Shayla Eugene with 3.68 digs per set.
The Florida A&M Rattlers: The Rattlers have won their last two matches to improve to 3-1 in the MEAC. They have also won three of the last five games. The FAMU statistical leaders are Maria Yvette Garcia with 3.07 kills per set, Elena Dimitrova with 4.44 assists per set and Celeste Rodriguez with 4.22 digs per set.
MEAC Weekly Awards: Brewer was named co-player of the week and Hall was named the co-defensive specialist of the week by the MEAC on Monday. Brewer averaged 5.6 assists, 2.9 kills, 1.9 digs and 1.4 blocks while hitting .319 in three wins last week.
Hall totaled 19 blocks for an average of 1.46 blocks and recorded eight-plus blocks in two of the three matches.
The Aggies have received seven weekly awards this season from four different players. Brewer has won two player of the week awards and one setter of the week. Hall has two defensive specialist of the week awards. The other weekly honors have gone to Addy Warfield (rookie of the week) and Laboy-Rivera (defensive specialist of the week).
Playing Well: In the last 10 matches, Pitt is averaging 4.68 kills per set including four matches with 20-plus kills. She was one kill shy of tying a single-match school record with 32 kills in a loss to Western Carolina. Shabazz is averaging 2.62 kills and 0.75 blocks in the Aggies last 10 matches. Brewer has recorded four triple-doubles in the last nine matches and is averaging 6.35 assists, 3.08 kills and 2.42 digs. Laboy-Rivera is averaging 4.80 digs and Hall is averaging 1.16 blocks.
- Pitt recorded 29 kills last weekend to give her 851 career kills to move her into sixth place all-time in school history. She needs 19 kills to move past Samara Brown (2014-17) for fifth place.
- Brewer has 1,613 career assists and needs 11 assists to move into fourth place in school history. Gina Renzaglia (1999-01) holds the fourth spot with 1,623 career assists.
- Brewer also has recorded 90 career service aces and needs 21 service aces to move into past Judith Ball (2001-03) into sixth place.
- Laboy-Rivera recorded 33 digs the last weekend to give her 694 career digs to move into seventh place. She needs 102 digs to move into sixth place past Stacey Malone (2006-09).
Up Next: The Aggies return home to face MEAC northern division teams of Maryland Eastern Shore Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and Delaware State Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in Moore Gymnasium.