DURHAM - The volleyball match between North Carolina A&T and N.C. Central on Friday night had all the ingredients of a rivalry crowd. The crowd at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium was charged up with the Aggies in town.
Both teams had some exciting exchanges, and as typical in Aggies versus Eagles contests, the match included an interesting twist. The Eagles got the best of the Aggies with a 3-0 (25-14,15, 17) win. Jeana Daniels led the Aggies with seven kills. Emanuelle Santos and Shantal Moore had 12 and 11 kills respectively.
It was the first win of the season for the Eagles (1-12, 1-0). The Aggies dropped to 0-16 as they lost their first MEAC match of the season. The Aggies played without sophomore Tatiana Cooper who was out with an illness.
"I thought we played very well considering we had to make some last minute adjustments," said N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton. "We did much better even though we still made some unforced errors."
Although Clifton wants fewer errors, the Aggies put together a season-high .119 hitting percentage, while compiling 22 kills. It was the Aggies' highest total since recording 24 kills against Coastal Carolina on Aug. 26.
"We competed for every point in front of a large energetic crowd," said Clifton.
As the Aggies and the Eagles were battling on the court, two twin sisters matched wits as former Aggie volleyball standouts Arlene and Darlene Mitchell were on opposite sidelines. Arlene Mitchell is the Aggies assistant coach, while Darlene Mitchell is an assistant at NCCU. They stay in the same residence.
The Aggies are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Norfolk, Va., to play Norfolk State at 6 p.m.