GREENSBORO - North Carolina A&T introduced its newest player on Wednesday, but UNC Greensboro's defense was too good for her to make an impact in the win column. The cross-town Spartans had six total team blocks and downed the Aggies 3-0 (25-13, 20, 13) in volleyball action at Corbett Sports Center.
Senior Bridget McCaskill ended the seven-week reign of the Aggies "Super Six" by playing in her first match in almost two years. McCaskill, who was an outstanding libero her freshman season before becoming an outside hitter the next, decided not to play in 2010 to focus on her academics.
But with the Aggies having the minimum amount of players to play a volleyball match, McCaskill saw a need, and filled it. In her first match back, McCaskill had two service aces and four digs. Sophomore Jeana Daniels led the Aggies with six kills and eight digs. UNCG's Karrian Chambers finished with nine kills and six digs, while teammate Vicky Harley had six kills and four block assists.
The Spartans took control of the first set as Chambers, Ari Lysacek and Holland Hoefnagel put together three consecutive kills to give UNCG a 15-7 advantage. The second set saw the Aggies become more competitive.
Hoefnagel gave the Spartans an 18-13 lead with a kill that dropped in the middle of the Aggies defense. Daniels helped the Aggies respond by dropping an attack just inside the line. Two UNCG attack errors and two McCaskill service aces added to the Aggies 5-0 as they tied the set at 18.
After a service error and a kill gave the Spartans the lead, Daniels took a pass from Chelsea Fox to pull the Aggies to within one. The Aggies couldn't sustain the momentum as Hoefnagel and Kelsey Sidney widened the lead with kills. Harley ended the set with a kill that landed between two Aggie players.
The Aggies return to action Friday night when they travel to Durham to play archrival N.C. Central at 7 p.m.