ORANGEBURG (October 5, 2018) – North Carolina A&T did away with the S.C. State Bulldogs in quick and precise fashion in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference volleyball action Friday night at Dukes Gymnasium. It took the Aggies only 63 minutes to defeat the Bulldogs 3-0 (25-15, 11, 13).
N.C. A&T moves to 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the MEAC by hitting a season-high .441 hitting percentage. Opponents have had a tough time with the Aggies defense all season and that was no different on Friday. The Aggies, who have the best opponent hitting percentage in the league, held the Bulldogs (1-16, 1-1 MEAC) to a .041 hitting percentage.
Freshman Lily Walton led the Aggies at the net with four total blocks. Walton also added seven kills and only one attack error on 10 attack attempts for a season-high .600 hitting percentage. Junior Leila Haynesworth was also accurate. She had 12 kills and three attack errors for a career-high .474 hitting percentage.
Haynesworth got the Aggies off to a fast start by posting six kills on eight attempts with no attack errors in the first set. The Aggies took control of the set when SCSU’s Kyra Marshall started an Aggies rally as she was called for a ball handling error. That was followed by block assists from Walton and Pitt and a kill from junior Christa Wilson to give the Aggies an 18-11 lead. N.C. A&T’s lead grew to 11, 24-13, on back-to-back service aces from Pitt. After two consecutive points from the Bulldogs, Walton ended the set with a kill.
A 6-0 run put the Aggies in cruise control in the second set as they took a 19-9 lead on two consecutive kills from junior Makaylah Elliot. After a ball handling error by the Aggies cut their lead to 21-11, the Aggies scored the final four points of the set thanks to a Bulldogs service error, a solo block from Walton, a kill from Pitt and an attack error by SCSU’s Desiree Walker.
The Aggies closed out the third and deciding set with vigor. Their .522 hitting percentage was their highest in any set this season. Walton led the way with five kills and no attack errors on five attempts. The first five points of the set went to N.C. A&T. The set and match were never in doubt from there. N.C. A&T took its biggest lead, 23-11, on a solo block from Haynesworth. The lead was cut to 10 on block assists from Walker and Alexus Holt and an Aggies attack error.
But kills from Walton and Haynesworth ended everyone’s night early. Sophomore Courteney Pitt, the conference leader in kills per set, had seven kills and sophomore Edie Brewer finished with 16 assists, six digs
They will travel to play Savannah State 1 p.m., Sunday at Tiger Arena. N.C. A&T is 22-0 all-time against the Tigers.