Aggies Seek First Win at The Citadel Invitational
GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T volleyball team had a week to regroup after opening weekend and will travel to Charleston, S.C., for the Citadel Invitational beginning on Friday, Sept. 5.
N.C. A&T Tournament Schedule
Friday Sept. 5 6 p.m. vs. The Citadel
Saturday Sept. 6 10 a.m. vs. Stetson
Saturday Sept. 6 4 p.m. vs. Charleston Southern
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ABOUT N.C. A&T: The Aggies (0-4) got the 2014 season off to a slow start but head coach Hal Clifton saw some good things early from his squad. As A&T continues to build its confidence and maintain its momentum in tight sets, it will remain on the path to progression. The Aggies saw three different leaders in kills over four games last weekend in Aleena McDaniel, Brooke Stamnes, and Te'Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth. Defensively, junior Ashely Johnson averaged 4.00 digs a set last weekend while Hawkins-Hollingsworth added five block solos. Sophomore Liz Martino had a great weekend and was named to the Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament team after recording 100 assists. Martino also notched her second career double-double in the season-opener against Chicago State when she finished with 29 assists and 14 digs.
ABOUT THE CITADEL: The Bulldogs (1-2) opened the season at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational last weekend and claimed a 3-1 win over Providence. The Citadel dropped matches to Southern Utah and Navy. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.80 kills per set behind Moriah Smith (2.63), Mallory Moore (2.25), and Bailey Kernodle (2.14). Amanda Rudnik averaged 4.40 digs over the weekend while Rachel Keefer tabbed 76 assists.
ABOUT STETSON: The Hatters (2-1) started the 2014 season off strong at the Florida Atlantic Invitational. Stetson took down Bethune-Cookman 3-0 and McNeese State 3-1 before falling to FAU, 3-1. The trio of McKenna Foster (2.92 kills/set), Madison Atkins (2.75), and Cailyn Prewitt (2.35) took care of things offensively while Erika White tallied 14 block assists. Four hatters (Michelle Kastner, Alexa Drost, Kayla Weller, and Foster) recorded 20 or more digs during opening weekend.
ABOUT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: The Buccaneers went 1-2 at the James Madison Classic. After falling to Villanova 3-0 and JMU 3-1, CSU responded with a 3-1win over Norfolk State. Charleston Southern has a dynamic duo in junior middle blocker Meredith Parrott who leads the team in kills (4.27) and junior outside hitter Siraya Windsor (3.45). Parrott is also hitting .310 and has recorded nine blocks along with sophomore middle blocker Connor Malone. Junior setter Cassidy Greer added 95 assists in the previous three matches while Taylor Allman contributed 49 digs.