North Carolina A&T (2-12, 0-0 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State (0-12, 0-0 MEAC)
Date: Friday, Sept. 27
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: Moore Gymnasium
YOUR NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES: North Carolina A&T volleyball team returns home for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opener against S.C. State Friday night at Moore Gymnasium.
N.C. A&T went 0-3 last weekend at the Hampton Inns Classic in Wilmington, N.C., but lost the first two matches in five sets against Western Carolina and Drake. During the tournament, outside hitter Courteney Pitt led the team with 3.92 kills per set. Pitt is 23rd in the nation in total attacks (534) and 53rd in total attacks per set (10.68). She is 83rd in the nation in kills per set.
Junior setter Edie Brewer led the team with 6.00 assists per set and averaged 3.15 kills and 2.77 digs earning her third all-tournament team honor of the season.
Defensively, sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera led the team with an average of 5.46 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Shaylynn Hall led the team with 1.08 blocks per set and sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz averaged 1.00 blocks and 2.69 kills.
For the season, Pitt ranks third in the MEAC in kills per set (3.76) and averages 1.86 digs. Brewer is sixth in the conference in assists at 5.82 and ranks ninth in the league in kills per set (2.82). She is fifth in hitting percentage at .261 and also averages 2.58 digs per set. Sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera ranks second in the MEAC in digs per set (4.31) and Hall is second in the MEAC in blocks (0.98 per set).
The South Carolina State Bulldogs: The Bulldogs enter MEAC play winless and have lost all 12 matches 3-0 this season. SCSU is led by Alexus Holt with 2.58 kills per set, Jenai King with 4.79 assists per set and Erin Hundley with 2.38 digs per set.
More MEAC Weekly Awards: Brewer, freshman setter Addy Warfield and Laboy-Rivera received MEAC weekly awards Monday. Brewer was named the player of the week and averaged 6.18 assists, 3.53 kills and 2.65 digs with back-to-back triple-doubles. Warfield was named the rookie of the week and averaged 4.94 assists and 2.18 digs with back-to-back double-doubles.
Laboy-Rivera was named the defensive specialist of the week and averaged 5.06 digs and 1.00 assists and recorded her first career double-double with 32 digs and 10 assists against Western Carolina.
The Aggies have received five weekly awards in the last two weeks with Brewer named setter of the week and Hall named co-defensive specialist of the week last week.
Playing Well: Over the last seven matches, Pitt leads the team averaging 4.39 kills per set, including three matches of 20-plus kills and was one kill short of tying a school record with 32 kills against WCU, while Shabazz is averaging 3.14 kills and 0.82 blocks.
Brewer has recorded three triple-doubles in the last seven matches and is averaging 6.61 assists, 3.07 kills and 2.93 digs, while Laboy-Rivera is averaging 4.71 digs and Hall is averaging 1.12 blocks.
Seeing Triple: Brewer became the first player in school history to record back-to-back triple-doubles and was on dig short against USC Upstate to make it three consecutive triple-doubles. Brewer is third in the nation in triple-doubles and leads the conference. She recorded 11 kills, 32 assists and 17 digs against Western Carolina and followed up with a career-high 22 digs, 30 assists and 10 digs against Drake the following day. Brewer nearly recorded a triple-double with 19 kills, 27 assists and nine digs with five service aces against USC Upstate on Sept. 17.
Brewer has recorded four career triple-doubles including three this season. There have been six triple-doubles in school history.
Career Watch: Pitt recorded 71 kills last week to give her 779 career kills to move her up two spots to No. 7 in school history. She needs 50 kills to move into sixth place held by Aleena McDaniel who recorded 828 kills from 2012-15.
Brewer has 1,525 career assists and needs 99 assists to move into fourth place in school history. Gina Renzaglia holds the fourth spot with 1,623 career assists from 1999-01.
Brewer recorded nine service aces last week including a career-high five against USC Upstate last Tuesday to give her 84 career service aces to move into seventh place in school history. She needs 27 service aces to move in sixth place held by Judith Ball who recorded 110 service aces from 2001-03.
Laboy-Rivera is looking to enter the top-10 digs in school history. She has 625 career digs and needs 17 digs to move into the 10th spot held by Liz Martino who recorded 641 career digs from 2013-16. Amber Inman is in ninth place by a dig as she recorded 642 career digs from 2007-10.
Up Next: The Aggies continue the two game homestand with in-state rival North Carolina Central Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Moore Gymnasium.