Aggies Dig Pink, Lose to NCCU
GREENSBORO-Sophomore Jeana Daniels collected 10 kills, her fourth straight match with 10 or more kills, in the North Carolina A&T volleyball team's losing effort on Sunday afternoon against rival North Carolina Central University at Corbett Sports Complex.
The Aggies (1-24, 1-5), sporting special pink uniforms for their Dig Pink Match in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, were swept by the Eagles (3-21, 3-3) by scores of 25-22, 13, 14.
"We were very pleased with the turnout and the crowd was super," said head coach Hal Clifton. "It made for a fun match. We want to thank everyone who made donations for our Dig Pink Match. Every dollar helps fight breast cancer."
The Aggies had a better attacking percentage on Sunday against the Eagles (.133), than they did in their September match (.119) at NCCU. A&T also improved in their attack percentage from last Sunday, when they had just a .097 attacking percentage in their loss to Coppin State.
Daniels, in addition to extending her double-digit kill streak, posted a career high with a .500 attack percentage on Sunday. She made just one attack error in 18 total attacks. Sophomore Tatiana Cooper had the second-highest kill total on the team, collecting six for the Aggies.
The Aggies had a strong start to the match, making for an exciting Set 1. The Aggies had the lead for most of the opening, until a kill by N.C. Central outside hitter Dayanna Arrufat tied up the first set at 14 points. Daniels gave the lead back to the Aggies in the next play with a kill. The score was knotted again at 21 points until another kill by Arrufat gave the Eagles the lead, which they did not relinquish again in the set. Daniels collected five of her 10 kills in the first set.
"We competed really well in the first set," Clifton said. "We passed well and were able to side out. We made a couple of unforced errors that cost us the set."
N.C. A&T is 0-2 against N.C. Central thus far this season, after being swept by the Eagles in Durham on Sept. 23, giving Darlene Mitchell, the N.C. Central assistant coach, the season's edge over her twin, Arlene, who is the A&T assistant coach. Both Darlene and Arlene graduated from A&T in 2006, and competed for the Aggies volleyball team.
The Aggies will host their final two home games of the regular season next weekend. They host Florida A&M University on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., and welcome Bethune Cookman on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon at Corbett Sports Center. The Aggies will honor senior Bridget McCaskill before Sunday's match.