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Defense Leads Aggies to Win Over SSU

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 11/11/2011
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Jeana Daniels records a career-high 22 kills.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Timely kills led and a strong defensive performance by Devonte' Reese led the North Carolina A&T volleyball team to its second win of the season, a four-set victory (25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22) over Savannah State Friday night at Wilcox Wiley Gymnasium.

Sophomore Jeana Daniels continued to establish herself as one of the top offensive players in the MEAC as she finished with a career-best 22 kills on a .333 attack percentage. Junior Andrea Evans finished with nine kills and 10 digs, while Reese had a career-high 12 digs.

The Aggies were on the brink of having to go five sets against the Tigers (0-26, 0-9) as Chikia Jones slammed a kill to the floor to pull the Tigers to within at 21-20. Reese returned the serve back to the Aggies with a kill off of a set by Daniels.

Evans and Reese kept the momentum with the Aggies as they blocked a Jones attack for a three-point N.C. A&T advantage. Evans gave the Aggies a commanding four-point lead with another effective attack. The Tigers scored the next two points on a Jennifer Lowe kill and an Aggies attack error. But Evans secured the win for N.C. A&T (2-26, 2-7).

"We struggled with our offense but came up with some big kills at the right time," said N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton. "We were better defensively, which helped us go on several runs."

North Carolina A&T played without its top defensive player in Bridget McCaskill. But the Aggies were still able to hold the Tigers to a .121 attack percentage. The Aggies trailed 23-22 in the third set before Daniels scored two of the final three points in the set to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead.

N.C. A&T struggled in the second set with just a -.056 attack percentage. Murphye Williams, who had a career-best seven kills, led the Aggies to the opening set victory thanks to her three kills. The Aggies' season concludes Sunday when they travel to Orangeburg, S.C., to play defending MEAC Champion S.C. State at 3 p.m.

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