GREENSBORO - Corbett Sports Center gave North Carolina A&T a needed boost. Unfortunately, the home crowd couldn't get the Aggies over the top as The Citadel earned a 3-0 (25-15, 13, 27-25) win in volleyball action Thursday night.
Junior Andrea Evans led the Aggies with five kills and four block assists. Sophomore Jeana Daniels added five kills and a season-high 11 digs.
"I'm so proud of the way the young ladies competed tonight," said N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton. "They kept their energy the whole match. We played well in front of an energetic crowd."
The Aggies played in front of their home crowd for the first time this season after starting the season with 10 straight road matches. Even in front of their supporters, the Aggies started slow before strong play coupled with ruckus cheers started to play a role in the match.
Things really got loud when Evans slashed in and took a Chelsea Fox set and slammed it to the floor for a 16-11 Aggies lead in the third set. It gave the Aggies their biggest lead of the season. The Bulldogs rallied to tie the game at 19.
Both teams traded points before the Aggies reached set point at 25-24 on a Devonte' Reese kill. But an Aggies attack error, service error and an Erin Bucheri ace gave The Citadel (5-2) the win. Kaona Mercer led The Citadel with 13 kills and eight digs.
The Aggies return to the road this weekend as they open play in the Davidson University Tournament on Friday against Norfolk State at 3 p.m.