DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – North Carolina A&T volleyball junior Edie Brewer recorded her fifth triple-double of the season, her sixth career, as the Aggies (7-12, 5-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) remains undefeated in MEAC play with a 3-1 (23-25,25-22,25-18,27-25) win over Bethune-Cookman (5-14, 2-3 MEAC) for their fifth consecutive win and the first win in Daytona Beach since 2005.
“What an exciting win for the Aggies,” head coach Hal Clifton said. “Our team really pulled off a solid road win in a hostile environment. Being down late in the fourth, our girls really kept a cool head and pulled it out with a gritty performance.”
The fifth triple-double for the setter is the second most in the NCAA as she led the Aggies with a match-high 18 kills and added 25 assists and 11 digs. The West Chester, Ohio native also added five blocks and two service aces with a .289 hitting percentage. The 25 assists gives her 1,638 career assists to move into fourth most in school history.
Freshman setter Addy Warfield recorded her fourth career double-double with a team-high 28 assists and added 11 digs, while sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera added a match-high 28 digs and added five assists.
Junior outside hitter Courteney Pitt added 16 kills, four blocks and three digs and sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz added 15 kills. Senior outside hitter Christa Wilson added 12 digs and four kills and junior defensive specialist Milanna Morgan added 13 digs.
“Edie finished with another triple-double and Addy added another double-double,” Clifton said. “Our offense was well balanced and I felt like that made a big difference. Our passers did a nice job keeping us in system and our setters made good choices.”
North Carolina A&T scored 12 of the first 19 points in the opening set to take a five-point lead, 12-7, that included three Pitt kills, a Shabazz kill and a Brewer kill and a service ace. The Wildcats scored five of the next six points to pull within a point, 13-12, but N.C. A&T scored two of the next three points behind two Brewer kills to give the Aggies a two-point lead, 15-13.
Bethune-Cookman scored 10 of the next 15 points to take a three-point lead, 23-20 forcing an Aggie timeout. After the timeout, N.C. A&T scored the next two points to close with a point, 23-22, forcing a Wildcat timeout. After that timeout, BCU scored two of the final three points to win the set by two points and to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Wildcats scored eight of the first 14 points to take a two-point lead, 8-6, early in the second stanza, but with Brewer serving, N.C. A&T scored the next six points to take a four-point lead, 12-8, after a Brewer kill, back-to-back blocks by freshman Mallory Porcher and Brewer, a Porcher kill, a Brewer service ace and a Shabazz kill.
Bethune-Cookman scored the next four points to the tie set at 12, but back-to-back kills from Shabazz gave the Aggies a two-point lead, 14-12. The Wildcats scored the next three points to take a point lead, 15-14, but with Porcher serving, N.C. A&T scored the next four points to take a three-point lead, 18-15, a lead that NCAT would not relinquish. Porcher had two service aces and Shabazz added another kill during that stretch.
With the Aggies holding a four-point lead at 21-17, Bethune-Cookman scored the next three points to cut the lead to a point, 21-20, forcing an Aggie timeout. After the timeout, the Aggies scored four of the final six points with two Brewer kills and the final point, a kill from Morgan, to give the Aggies the three point set win and to tie the match at one.
North Carolina A&T scored seven of the first 10 points to take a four-point lead, 7-3, early in the third frame, forcing a Wildcat timeout. After the timeout, Bethune-Cookman scored 10 of the next 16 points to tie the set at 13, but N.C. A&T recaptured the lead by scoring the next two points for a two-point lead, 15-13. After a BCU point to cut the lead to a point, 15-14, the Aggies scored the next seven points with Warfield serving to increase the lead to eight points, 22-14. During that stretch, Pitt recorded two kills and Brewer recorded a kill.
Bethune-Cookman outscored the Aggies 4-3 during the rest of the set, but N.C. A&T won the set by seven points and took a 2-1 match lead.
In the final set, the Aggies scored five of the first eight points to take a two-point lead, 5-3, but Bethune-Cookman scored 12 of the next 17 points to take a five-point lead, 15-10.
The Aggies scored three of the next four points, after a Shabazz kill and two Brewer kills, to cut the lead to three points, 16-13, but Bethune-Cookman scored two of the next three points to increase the lead to five points, 19-14. The Aggies scored the next two points with back-to-back Wilson kills to cut the lead to three points, 19-16.
With Wilson serving, N.C. A&T scored four of the next five points to tie the set at 20 after two Shabazz kills and a Pitt kill. Both teams kept trading points and with the set tied at 23, BCU scored the next point for a point lead, 24-23, for set point.
Brewer stepped up and delivered a kill to tie the set at 24 and a BCU attack error gave the Aggies the match point. After a Bethune-Cookman timeout, the Wildcats scored a point to tie it at 25, but back-to-back BCU errors gave the Aggies the two point set win and to win the match.
The Wildcats were led by Jordan Jefferson with a double-double of 13 kills and 28 digs, Bailey Robinson with a double-double of 13 kills and 11 digs and Ryleigh Taylor with a match-high 39 assists.
The Aggies finish the Florida road trip with a Florida A&M (6-13, 4-1 MEAC) Sunday at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee. The Rattlers sit in second place in the southern division and have won the last three matches.