A&T Aggies (0-19, 0-0) vs. N.C. Central Eagles (2-16, 0-0)
When: Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 PM
What did he say? "I'm looking forward
to us packing this gym on Friday night when Central rolls into town. If we get 1,200 people in this gym, it's going
to be crazy. They're going to get a
great product. We're very excited about
this upcoming match."
--A&T head coach Hal Clifton
Match Preview: The last time these
two teams met in Moore Gymnasium, it was perhaps the best volleyball match ever
played on A&T's campus. Three of the five sets were decided by three points
or less and A&T overcame two-set deficit to win 15-13 in the fifth set.
They will be at again Friday at 7 p.m. Friday
night is vital for the Aggies. Yes, they are 0-19, but a 1-0 start in the
conference could make a lot of those losses seem miniscule by comparison. The Aggies showed their resilience on
Tuesday, fighting to set point twice in the fourth set against a tough Wofford
squad. A lot of A&T's momentum came from the crowd, which is why is
important to have an enthusiastic crowd on Friday. The Aggies are looking to have the crowd as a
seventh player on Friday against the Eagles.
N.C. Central Scouting
Report: The Aggies are 2-10 against the Eagles in
program history. The last time the Aggies
defeated N.C. Central was a 3-1 victory at home on Oct. 7, 2008. A&T has lost the last seven matches
against N.C. Central. Entering into
Friday's game, the Eagles are 2-16 with victories against Hampton and Tennessee
State. The Eagles, who have lost six
straight, are led offensively by freshman Christine Anthony who is third in the
conference with 3.52 kills per set. Sophomore
Dayana Arrufat Rondon is averaging 2.90 kills per set. Kalin Russell has 53 blocks on the year,
including 17 solo blocks.
Against the MEAC: The Aggies are
122-79 in MEAC competition in program history.
The Aggies are 2-8 in MEAC Southern Division competition under head
coach Hal Clifton, who is entering into his second season with the program in
2012. The Aggies have not been to the
MEAC Tournament since 2007, which was also the last year that the Aggies posted
a winning record in the MEAC. To earn a berth into the MEAC Tournament, the
Aggies must finish in the top four of the Southern Division.
Outside Power: Freshman outside
hitters Brooke Stamnes and Aleena McDaniel have been a key part of the A&T
offense this season. Stamnes is first on
the team in kills (138) and second in digs (145), and leads the team in service
aces (35). Stamnes is averaging 2.00
kills and 2.10 digs per set this season, and has posted two double-doubles this
season. She was also named to three
straight All-Tournament teams this fall.
McDaniel is second on the team with 110 kills and has a .093 hitting
percentage. She also has 84 digs and 19
aces this fall. She is averaging 2.08
kills and 1.58 digs per set for the Aggies as well.
Magic from the
Senior Andrea Evans and sophomore Aprill McRae have also helped give the Aggies
a balanced offense this season. Evans
leads the team with a .240 hitting percentage and 53 total blocks. She is third on the team with 132.0
points. Evans is also third on the team
with 94 kills. She earned All-Tournament
Team honors at the Winthrop Classic.
McRae has 91 kills on the year and is second on the team with 38 total
blocks. She had eight kills on Tuesday