GREENSBORO-The North Carolina A&T volleyball team put up
a tough fight against Radford, but fell to the Highlanders in three sets (25-23, 25-19. 25-22) after losing leads in
the first and third sets on Tuesday night at Moore Gymnasium.
"I was pleased with our effort," said A&T head coach Hal
Clifton. "It's a disappointing loss in
three because we were up in two of the sets.
We let one bad play snowball into another bad play into another bad play
and the next thing you know we give up three short points. We've got to learn
that we've got to be smarter than that.
Once we make one bad play we've got to make a little better play the
next time. That's what killed us when we
The third set illustrated Clifton's point. A kill from
freshman TeBorah Hawkins-Hollingsworth made it 12-8 in favor of the
Aggies. The lead grew to 20-14 on a
Raford attack error. A 4-0 Highlander
run brought them within two, but the Aggies still had the advantage as an
Aleena McDaniel kill gave A&T a 22-19 lead. But A&T would not score
again in the match. The Highlanders used a 6-0 run aided by four A&T attack
errors ended the match.
"We were up 22-20 and the next thing you know we're down
23-22. We've lost all momentum and we
got tight and we end up losing 25-22," Clifton said. "In that aspect, I'm happy that we were at
least competing for the set, but I'm not happy with the way we're
finishing. We've still got to find ways
that we can get kills."
A&T also squandered a pair of leads in the first set.
After tying the game at 10-10, the Aggies went on a 5-1 run to gain a nice
cushion, which they kept until late in the set.
A kill from senior Andrea Evans made it 20-16. The Highlanders started to chip into the
A&T lead. Radford got a kill from
Emma Deininger to make it 22-21. A kill
from freshman Brooke Stamnes put A&T ahead by two, but the Highlanders won
the next four points on a trio of A&T errors and a kill from Jesse Miedema
to win the set.
"It was just poor game management on our part that we didn't
do what we were supposed to do," Clifton said.
Freshman outside hitter Stamnes led the team with 15 kills,
and posted 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. She also hit a team-best .371, which set a
new personal best. Senior middle hitter
Evans had 10 kills and two blocks, and hit .300 for the Aggies as well. The Aggies hit over .200 for the fourth time
"I thought we played a relatively good match compared to our
last outing. We hit .204 which was
really solid. We blocked a lot of balls
but we didn't get a lot of terminating blocks.
We touched a lot of balls at the net but we just didn't get a lot of
blocks which I think hurt us a little bit," said Clifton, adding that the team
also needs to spread the ball around so more people can be a threat
The Aggies (0-23) will be traveling south to face S.C. State
at 6 p.m., on Friday and Savannah State at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
"We've got to suit up and get ready for South Carolina State
and Savannah State this weekend and try and take two road wins which is a very
difficult thing to do. I think we're
prepared to do it. We've just got to
keep following the game plan and going after it," Clifton said.