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Aggies Go After MEAC Title In Princess Anne

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 11/16/2016
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N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton has led the Aggies to four straight MEAC tournament appearances. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
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North Carolina A& vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Venue: Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Date(s) and Time(s): vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. 

Outlook
For the senior class of 2016, they have qualified for the MEAC tournament every year they have played at N.C. A&T.  Entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed from the southern division, the Aggies will face the No. 2 seed from the northern division, Maryland Eastern Shore, in a Friday night showdown in Princess Anne, Md.  Should the Aggies defeat the Hawks, they will play the winner of the Florida A&M vs. Norfolk State match on Saturday.  The Aggies enter the tournament on a three-match losing streak, most recently losing to N.C. Central 3-2 on Nov. 11.  N.C. A&T is third in the conference with 1.91 blocks per set and rank fifth in digs per set (12.64). 

Stepping Up
In a match against N.C. Central that brought some offensive struggles for the Aggies, junior outside hitter Alyssa Pitt totaled 20 kills with eight errors, hitting .273.  She also contributed at the net with two block assists.  Jasmine Lindor continued to prove why she is the third best blocker in the conference, adding five total blocks to her 84 total blocks this season.  She averages 0.98 blocks per set. 

Quick Note
This is the fourth consecutive year the Aggies have made the MEAC tournament cut.  The Aggies are looking to advance in the tournament for the first time in 10 years.

The Opponent(s)
Maryland Eastern Shore: The Hawks enter the tournament as the MEAC northern division second seed.  UMES (17-12, 10-2 MEAC) enter the post season on a four-match win streak.  The only two conference losses the Hawks suffered during the season were against undefeated northern division rival Howard.  UMES is second in the MEAC in hitting percentage (.230) and blocks per set (1.98), while leading the conference in service aces per set (2.09).  The Hawks are led by Lucia Babic, who leads the team in hitting percentage (.266) and kills per set (2.52) while Ivana Blazevic is fourth in the MEAC with 7.66 assists per set and third in service aces per set (.44).  Senior Mere Serea leads the conference in blocks per set (1.07) with 87 total blocks this season.

 

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