North Carolina A&T (11-12, 9-0 MEAC) vs. Howard (11-11, 8-0 MEAC)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Burr Gymnasium
A matchup of two undefeated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams will go down Sunday afternoon at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. Winners of nine straight, the North Carolina A&T Aggies are on a historic run never experienced before for the program. But they will come into the match as the underdog against the four-time defending MEAC champion Howard Bison. The last time that Howard and the Aggies tangled on the court was in the 2018 MEAC Championship, where the Bison was victorious 3-0 (25-23,27-25,25-16) to win its fourth consecutive MEAC Championship.
N.C. A&T head coach Hal Clifton sees the contest as another opportunity for his team to get better as they close in on the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title.
“We are excited to get back at it tomorrow,” said Clifton after the team’s 3-0 win over Norfolk State Saturday night. “It’s another chance to get better and compete. All season long we have been talking one touch at a time and to compete. That’s all we are trying to do ... focus on the process.”
The Aggies and the Bison are ranked one and two in three different statistical categories in the MEAC. The Aggies are No. 1 in hitting percentage (.194) while the Bison are No. 2 (.191). The Bison are No. 1 assists per set (11.47) and the Aggies are No. 2 (11.38). In kills per set, the Bison lead the conference (12.33) with the Aggies coming in a closing second (12.31).
Opponents are only hitting .192 against the Aggies and they are blocking 2.03 attacks per set. N.C. A&T is ranked second in both categories while the Bison are ranked third in opponent hitting percentage (.196) and fourth in blocks per set (1.77).
THE HOWARD BISON: Howard puts its eight-match winning streak and undefeated MEAC record on the line first. Of the eight MEAC wins, Howard has won four matches 3-0 and three by the score of 3-1. The Bison are led by Jurnee Tipton with 2.70 kills per set, Semira Blair with 5.24 assists per set and Fola Wilson with 3.65 digs per set. Kira Porter leads the conference in hitting percentage at .360.