North Carolina A&T Aggies (5-20, 4-2) vs. Wofford (9-15, 4-6)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Facility: Benjamin Johnson Arena
Probable Starters: MB Aleena McDaniel (5-10, Sophomore, 2.69 kills/set), RS Maris Kellar (5-8 Sophomore, 1.08 kills/set), S Liz Martino (5-7, Freshman, 5.54 assists/set), OH Brooke Stamnes (5-9, Sophomore, 2.52 kills/set), MH Te'Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth (6-0, Sophomore, 1.62 kills/set) and OH Jillian Nobles (6-0 Freshman, 1.59 kills/set)
Aggies Overview: The North Carolina A&T volleyball team is coming off its best hitting performance of the season and hopes to keep that momentum going against Wofford. The Aggies downed N.C. Central 3-0 in their last match and hit a season-high .442. Hawkins-Hollingsworth shattered a 10-year single-match hitting percentage record of .667 by turning in a hitting percentage of .833 with 10 kills on 12 attempts. McDaniel led all players with 12 kills to notch her 10th double-figure kills match of the season. She has led the Aggies in kills 11 times this season. A&T is 0-5 against Southern Conference opponents with losses to UNCG, Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Davidson, and Elon.
Match Overview: Wofford is looking to snap a two-match losing streak after dropping SoCon matches to UNCG 3-1 and Elon 3-2. The Aggies will also have an advantage playing in Benjamin Johnson Arena because Wofford has posted a 1-3 home record with its only home win coming against Davidson. The Terriers are 1-0 againt MEAC opponents this season with a 3-0 win against S.C. State. Wofford is led by Taylor Baird who has tallied 297 kills (3.23/set) this season. Amanda Liquori has also provided support on the front row with 292 kills (3.11/set). Mikayla Derochie leads Wofford in assists with 9.98 per set.
Potential Star: McDaniel has been a consistent leader for the Aggies on the front row. She leads the team in kills with 224 on the season. She also hit a career-high .500 in their last match (12-1-22).
News & Notes:
- In their last meeting, Wofford defeated A&T 3-1 on Sept. 25, 2012. Stamnes finished with a team-high 12 kills. McDaniel tallied 11 kills.
- Ashley Johnson is currently sixth in the MEAC in digs, averaging 3.72 digs per set. Stamnes is sixth in service aces (0.35/set).
- McDaniel is 10th in the MEAC in kills, averaging 2.69 per set.
From the Coach
“We’ve talked about consistency all year and tomorrow against Wofford we’ll be looking for that. We want to continue that in hitting, blocking, defense, serving, and just trying not to be a team that’s not so up and down. We’ll have to hit around them a little more than we did in our last match and find other ways to get kills.” A&T head volleyball coach Hal Clifton