WILMINGTON -- North Carolina A&T recorded four double-doubles and junior setter Edie Brewer recorded her third career triple-double and the fifth in school history in what was a thrilling five-set (25-20, 25-27, 17-25, 25-19, 16-14) loss to Western Carolina Friday night during the first day of the UNCW Hampton Inns Classic at UNC Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum.
Brewer recorded 11 kills, a team-high 32 assists and 17 digs for the triple-double while junior outside hitter Courteney Pitt recorded a career-high and a match-high 32 kills and added 11 digs for her fourth career double-double and her second this season. The 32 kills are the second-most in school history and was one kill short of tying the school record of 33 set by Arlene Mitchell on Sept. 5, 2005 against UNC Asheville.
Freshman setter Addy Warfield recorded her second career double-double with 21 assists and a career-high 16 digs while sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera added a career-high and a match-high 32 digs and 10 assists for her first career double-double. The 32 digs are tied for the fourth-most in a single match.
This was the first time that four Aggies recorded double-doubles in a single match since Nov. 2, 2014 when Samara Brown, Liz Martino, Aleena McDaniel and Brooke Stamnes accomplished the feat. Sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz added seven kills and a team-high six blocks. Junior middle hitter Tasmyn Fahey added six kills and five blocks.
The Aggies (2-10) recorded 63 assists which are second-best in school history for a single match. Their sixty-eight kills are tied for eighth-best in school history and 92 digs rank ninth.
“Edie and Courteney had another solid performance but others played well too,” said N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton. “I love the fact that we can be well-balanced offensively. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense.”
In the final stanza, the Catamounts (5-7) went ahead by three, 8-5. After the Aggies used a timeout, they were able to get to within one at 11-10 on a Pitt kill. The Catamounts were then forced to call a timeout.
WCU scored the next two points to increase their lead to three points, 13-10 forcing the Aggies to call their final timeout of the set. A Pitt kill and back-to-back block assists from Shaylnn Hall and Shabazz greeted the Catamounts out of the timeout as the Aggies tied the set at 13.
The Catamounts regained the lead before Hall and Shabazz tied the match again with another block assists. But the WCU won the match and the set thanks to a kill and an attack error by the Aggies.
“Overall I thought we played well the entire match,” said Clifton. “We executed a solid game plan and made some critical adjustments but just were not able to come away with the win.”
N.C. A&T and WCU fought to a 21-19 score in the first set. But the Catamounts closed Set 1 on a 4-0 run to win. The Catamounts jumped in the lead early in the second set, 12-5. The Aggies eventually cut WCU’s lead to one at 20-19.
The Catamounts reached set point at 24-20 before the Aggies caught fire. The Aggies ended the set on a 7-1 run that included three Brewer kills and a kill and service ace from Pitt as the Aggies tied the match at 1.
Unlike the first two sets, N.C. A&T started the third frame strong. They led 4-0 and eventually increased their lead to 20-11. The Aggies would go on to win the set by eight to take a 2-1 lead in the match. WCU tied the match a 2 by winning Set 4 to lead to the thrilling end.
The Catamounts were led by Abigail Veit’s 20 kills and added 12. Hannah Price had a match-high 48 assists and added 14 digs and Megan Sanchez finished with 27 digs.
The Aggies finish the tournament with two matches Saturday with Drake at 10 a.m. and UNC Wilmington at 5 p.m.