BALTIMORE, Md. – North Carolina A&T junior Edie Brewer recorded another triple-double and was two blocks away from a quadruple-double as the Aggies won their second straight five-setter and their third straight overall with their win over Coppin State Friday night at the Physical Education Complex Center, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11.
It was a matchup of two undefeated teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) as the Aggies improved to 5-12 overall and 3-0 in the MEAC. Coppin went to 6-11 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Brewer finished 23 assists, 15 kills and 10 digs for her fifth career triple-double and fourth this season. She came into the match third in the nation in triple-doubles. For good measure, Brewer added eight blocks and a .324 hitting percentage.
Fellow junior Courteney Pitt led the team with a match-high 19 kills to go along with five digs and a .261 hitting percentage. The 19 kills from Pitt moves her into sixth place in school history with 841 career kills.
“Another hard-fought battle tonight in a loud environment,” said N.C. A&T coach Hal Clifton. “It was a great effort all the way through, and I’m proud of how the team worked through the adversity. I’m happy that we are able to make adjustments which has been something we have been working on. Edie, Courteney and Fatimah had great numbers, but all the players contributed and that makes us better.”
Freshman setter Addy Warfield led the team with 23 assists and added six digs. Sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera had 18 digs and three assists. The 18 digs move her into a tie for seventh in school history with 679 career digs. Sophomore middle hitter Shaylynn Hall led the team with nine blocks. Sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz added 11 kills and four blocks and a .375 hitting percentage.
Freshman middle hitter Mallory Porcher added five kills, two blocks with a .500 hitting percentage.
Three days after overcoming a 2-0 deficit to deficit against N.C. Central, the Aggies found themselves in another five-setter. They led 9-6 before Miajavon Coleman kill cut the lead to two. The Aggies reclaimed a three-point advantage as Hall and Shabazz teamed for a block assist to give the Aggies an 11-8 lead. The Eagles rallied and got to within one on a Coleman ace to cut the lead 12-11.
But N.C. A&T scored three straight including two Pitt kills to win the set and the match. “I’m happy to see our fight going the distance,” said Clifton.
Clifton’s Aggies took the first set after taking a 17-14 lead. Coppin State made it a one-point set, 19-18, on a kill by Lauryn Harrell. But the Aggies stretched their lead back to three, 22-19, on a Brewer kill and Hall service. That lead grew to 24-20 on a Brewer ace and the Aggies put the Eagles away with a kill from Shabazz for the 1-0 advantage.
The Aggies came up short in their effort to take a two-set lead despite leading 20-19 in the second. Coppin State took the lead 23-22. N.C. A&T scored the next two points that included a Brewer kill, to take a one-point lead, 24-23. The Eagles ended the set by scoring three culminating with an Ashley Roman ace.
N.C. A&T recaptured the lead by winning the third set although it was not easy. The Eagles held a 22-20 lead before N.C. A&T scored five of the final six points that included three Brewer kills to grab a 2-1 match lead.
Coppin forced a fifth set by jumping out to an early 19-9 lead. The Aggies did get to within five, 23-18, on Porcher kill. But Eagles closed out the set with a kill from Coleman to set up the dramatic ending.
Coppin State was led by Coleman with a match-high 19 kills and to go along with 10 digs. The Aggies finish the Baltimore trip with a match against Morgan State Sunday at 1 p.m.