North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-20, 0-1) vs.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (1-18, 1-1), Florida A&M Rattlers
Friday, October 5, 7 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m.
Match Preview: The Aggies will play
their first full conference weekend to open October, as they host Bethune-Cookman
on Friday evening before welcoming Florida A&M to town Sunday afternoon at
1. In conference play, A&T competes
on Fridays and Sundays. The Aggies will
compete in 10 total conference matches and will work to qualify for the MEAC
Tournament, which means they will have to secure a fourth-place finish or
better in the Southern Division. The
Aggies nearly defeated the N.C. Central Eagles in a very exciting match on
Sept. 28, losing the fifth set by 16-14.
The Aggies will look to stay competitive in their conference slate and
to earn a berth into the MEAC Tournament.
Against the MEAC: The Aggies are 122-80
in MEAC competition in program history.
The Aggies are 2-9 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. Clifton
looks to return the Aggies to the Tournament this season.
MEAC Rankings: Senior Andrea Evans
is eighth in the conference with a .254 hitting percentage. Freshmen outside hitters Brooke Stamnes and
Aleena McDaniel rank among MEAC leaders in service aces at second place and
eighth place, respectively. Stamnes is
averaging 0.49 aces per set while McDaniel is averaging 0.33 aces per set.
Freshman libero Ashley Johnson is fifth in the conference with an average of
3.72 digs per set. The Aggies have
played 74 sets this season-third most among the 13 MEAC programs, behind
Hampton (82) and UMES (77).