GREENSBORO - It was a weekend in Aggie Athletics where bad streaks ended. A day after the North Carolina A&T football team ended its long homecoming losing streak, the Aggies volleyball team ended a dreadful losing streak with a 3-0 win (25-16, 26-24, 25-16) over Savannah State Sunday afternoon at Corbett Sports Center.
Tatiana Cooper tied a career-high with 14 kills, and she achieved a season-high .407 hitting percentage. Two other Aggies did have career highs. Sophomore Jeana Daniels finished with a career-best 13 kills and added five digs and four block assists to her totals.
Fellow sophomore Devonte' Reese ended the match with career highs in kills (10) and hitting percentage (.369).
"The ladies played hard today and it was nice to see them get rewarded for all their hard work," said N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton, who earned his first win as a Division I head coach. "We had a lot of things click today and our effort on both sides of the ball was good."
N.C. A&T (1-21, 1-4 MEAC) ended its 39-match losing streak by overcoming adversity in the second set. After breezing to a first set win, the Aggies took control of the second set 12-2. Savannah State (0-19, 0-5) took a timeout and came back with an efficient offense. The Tigers outscored the Aggies 14-4 after the timeout, making only one attack error in the process.
The Tigers turned their momentum into a 23-20 lead as Bridgette Stevens scored on a service ace, prompting Clifton to call timeout.
Junior Andrea Evans turned the set back in the Aggies favor as she made a superb dig of a Bianca Helton attack. Evans' pass was lobbed perfectly in the air for Reese as she hammered the ball to the floor to put the Aggies down one at 23-22. Daniels tied the match and SSU's Bryana Gadis gave the Aggies the lead with an attack error.
Chika Jones tied the match for the Tigers with a kill, but Chelsea Fox and Daniels blocked Gadis' next attack to give the Aggies a 25-24 lead. The set ended on a Nabori Perez attack error.
Reese and Daniels combined for nine kills in the final set and the Aggies recorded a .379 hitting percentage to put the match away in three. The Aggies are back in action Tuesday night at 6 p.m., as they face Elon at Corbett Sports Center.