EAST GREENSBORO – Junior Setter Edie Brewer nearly recorded a triple-double with a team-high 13 assists to go along with eight kills and nine digs but North Carolina A&T (0-4) starts the UNC Asheville Invitational with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 26-24) loss to Dartmouth Friday evening at the Justice Center.
Sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera led the team with a match-high 16 digs while junior outside hitter Courteney Pitt and sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz each recorded eight kills. Shabazz added five digs and two blocks while freshman setter Addy Warfield added 12 assists and six digs. Sophomore right side hitter Macenzie Richards added six kills and five digs.
“I felt like the team battled every point,” N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton said. “We made some adjustments against their offense, which slowed them down. We have two areas to focus on and we will address them immediately. It’ll take a little while to fix them, but the buy is in there.”
Dartmouth scored five of the first seven points of Set 1 to take a three-point lead, 5-2. The Aggies answered by scoring five of the next eight points to cut the lead to a point, 8-7. N.C. A&T eventually tied the set at 12 before Dartmouth scored 13 of the final 19 points to win the set by seven points to take a 1-0 match lead.
Big Green (1-0) scored seven of the first 11 points to take a three-point lead, 7-4, in the second set, but the Aggies scored the next two points to cut the lead to a point, 7-6. Dartmouth put the Aggies on the brink of falling behind 2-0 in the match as they took a 24-18 lead. But N.C. A&T (0-4) scored the next three points to cut the lead to three points, 24-21. Dartmouth won the set after a kill.
The Aggies did take a 15-10 lead in the third before Big Green scored nine of the next 11 points to take a two-point lead, 19-17. But the Aggies scored the next two points to tie it at 19. Dartmouth eventually grabbed a 23-21 before the Aggies fought back to tie the set at 23. Each team scored a point to keep it tied at 24, but Dartmouth scored the final two points to win the set by two points and the match.
Elise Petit with nine kills, Makenzie Arent with 31 assists and Nicole Liddle with 13 digs led Dartmouth.
The Aggies face two opponents Saturday with UNC Asheville at 12:30 p.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m. to finish the tournament.