North Carolina A&T (11-13, 9-1 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central (6-20, 5-5 MEAC)
Date: Friday, Nov. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Facility: McDougald-McLendon Arena
YOUR NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES: North Carolina A&T looks to clinch the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division with a short trip to Durham, N.C., to face rival N.C. Central.
The Aggies are four games up over second-place NCCU with four conference matches remaining. A win over NCCU would give N.C. A&T its first regular-season conference title since 1998.
In the second MEAC match of the season, the Aggies came away with a 3-2 win over NCCU in Moore Gymnasium after dropping the first two sets. The Aggies won the fifth set, 17-15. Last weekend, the Aggies went 1-1 suffering their first conference loss of the season to four-time defending MEAC champions Howard 3-2 Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Over the weekend, sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz led the team with 3.00 kills per set and added 0.75 blocks per set. Junior setter Edie Brewer averaged 2.38 kills, 4.62 assists, 4.00 digs and 0.88 blocks and junior outside hitter Courteney Pitt added 2.62 kills.
Sophomore middle hitter Shaylynn Hall led the team with 1.62 blocks per set, while sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-Rivera added 3.38 digs per set and freshman middle hitter Mallory Porcher added 1.29 blocks per set.
Pitt ranks third in the MEAC in kills per set (3.61) and averages 1.47 digs per set. Brewer ranks seventh in the MEAC in assists per set at 5.69 while also ranking seventh in the league in kills per set (2.82) and fifth in hitting percentage (.274). Brewer also averages 2.52 digs and 0.59 blocks per set.
Laboy-Rivera leads the MEAC in digs per set (4.34) and Hall leads the league in blocks per set (1.13).
In conference play only, Pitt averages 3.45 kills per set. Brewer averages 5.55 assists, 2.83 kills, 2.45 digs and 0.85 blocks per set while hitting .291 against conference foes. Laboy-Rivera is averaging 4.38 digs per set in conference matches and Hall blocks 1.30 attacks per set in conference play only.
The North Carolina Central Eagles: The Eagles have lost three of the last four including a 3-1 loss to East Carolina Tuesday night. NCCU is led by Christine Alcox with 2.50 kills per set, Celene Morris with 7.83 assists per set and Yomaries Villegas with 3.85 digs per set.
MEAC Weekly Award: For the fourth consecutive week, an Aggie received a MEAC weekly award. On Monday, Hall was named the MEAC defensive specialist of the week and Porcher was named the MEAC rookie of the week.
Hall averaged 1.62 blocks in two matches last week including nine blocks in a five-setter against Howard. Porcher averaged 1.29 blocks per set. Hall and Porcher helped the Aggies to record 17.0 total blocks against HU for the third-most in school history in a single match.
The Aggies lead the MEAC with 12 weekly awards. Brewer leads the team with five, followed by Hall with three, Laboy-Rivera with two and Porcher and freshman setter Addy Warfield with one apiece.
Season Watch: Pitt has recorded 325 kills this season and needs 33 kills to move in the top-10 in school history for a single season. Laboy-Rivera entered the top-10 in digs for a single season after recording 27 digs last week.
Laboy-Rivera has 382 digs this season, which ranks ninth in school history. She needs seven digs to move into eighth place and 19 digs to move into seventh place. Ashley Johnson holds ninth place with 388 digs in 2013, while Fei Ye holds the eighth place with 399 digs in 2002.
Career Watch: Pitt recorded 21 kills last week to give her 916 career kills to move into fourth-most in school history. Pitt needs 30 kills to move in third place held by Darlene Mitchell (2003-07) with 945. Brewer has 1,746 career assists and needs 254 to become the fourth player to record at least 2,000 assists.
Brewer also has recorded 96 career service aces and needs 15 service aces to move past Judith Ball (2001-03) into sixth place. Ball recorded 110 aces. Brewer also ranks in the top-10 in block assists with 125 to rank ninth in school history.
Laboy-Rivera recorded 27 digs last week to give her 800 career digs to move into sixth place. She needs 84 digs to move into the top-five replacing Dunesha Taylor (1999-01) who recorded 883.
Up Next: The Aggies travel to Orangeburg, S.C., to face S.C. State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.