EAST GREENSBORO (November 4, 2018) – Megan Wiggins’ Senior Day did not last very long. She probably will not mind the briskness considering she and her North Carolina A&T volleyball teammates defeated Savannah State in 60 minutes, 3-0 (25-9, 9, 11) Sunday afternoon at Moore Gymnasium.
It was a perfect ending to the Greatest Homecoming On Earth weekend for the Aggies (11-11) who defeated S.C. State Friday night before taking care of business on Sunday. N.C. A&T now stands alone in second place of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division at 6-3 with one remaining conference match, at N.C. Central on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
Wiggins, a junior college transfer out of Golden West Community College, can forever say she led the Aggies in assists in her final match at Moore Gym as she assisted on 19 kills against the SSU Tigers. It was Wiggins’ 16th double-figure assists performance of her short career at N.C. A&T.
“It was a great day today," said N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton. "We are so happy for Megan and her last memories of playing in Moore will be good. She put up 19 assists and really found a way to put her hitters in a good position to score."
Sophomore Edie Brewer had another solid match with nine kills, 18 assists, seven digs, two blocks and a service ace. For the weekend, Brewer had a combined 17 kills, 20 digs and 51 assists. Sophomore Courteney Pitt posted her sixth straight double-figure kills match and her 15th of the season as she finished with 15 kills and two attack errors on 25 attempts to finish with a .520 hitting percentage.
N.C. A&T was never challenged seriously Sunday afternoon. They jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first set and grew that lead to as many as, 20-7, on a kill from Pitt. The Tigers (3-20, 2-7 MEAC) called a timeout to attempt to salvage the match. But the Aggies were too good all afternoon. After an attack error and a kill by SSU’s Salma Gonzalez made it 21-9, the Aggies closed out the set with four straight points which included kills from Pitt, freshman Macenzie Richards and junior Christa Wilson. Freshman Shaylynn Hall and Richards threw in a block assist for good measure.
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The second set saw the Aggies open a 10-0 lead with Pitt scoring four of those points on kills. After an SSU attack error gave the Aggies a 12-2 lead, N.C. A&T led by less than 10 the rest of the set. Pitt had a whopping 10 kills in the set. The third set did not present much of a challenge for the Aggies either.
They took control of the set with a 4-0 run that culminated with a service ace from freshman Andrea Laboy-Rivera giving the Aggies an 18-9 advantage. Rivera had five aces on the day to go along with her team-high 11 digs.
"I was really proud of our serve and pas today," said Clifton. 'We served tough and found the right targets. We passed well which made our offense flow."
Rivera did follow up with a service error, but it was a blip in an otherwise dominant set. A kill by redshirt freshman Fatimah Shabazz and two kills from junior Leila Haynesworth got the Aggies back on track with at 21-10. A Tigers attack error ended Wiggins’ Senior Day match quickly.