North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-23, 0-3) at
S.C. State Bulldogs (5-9, 2-1)
Friday, October 12-6 p.m.
North Carolina A&T Aggies at Savannah
Sunday, October 14-1 p.m.
Weekend Preview: The Aggies are trekking south for their first
conference road trip of the season. They
will visit Orangeburg, S.C. to take on the S.C. State Bulldogs on Friday and
will head to Savannah, Ga., to face the Tigers on Sunday. The Aggies are looking to pick up a pair of
key road wins. They are currently tied
with Savannah State for fifth place in the MEAC Southern Division with an 0-3
record. The Aggies need to finish fourth
or higher in the Division in order to earn a berth into the MEAC Tournament. A pair of road wins would help advance their
cause. While the Aggies have yet to earn a conference win, they have played two
five-set matches against N.C. Central and Bethune-Cookman.
S.C. State Scouting
is 27-8 against the Bulldogs, but has lost the last seven matches in the series. The last time the Aggies defeated the
Bulldogs was on Nov. 2, 2008 in three sets.
The Bulldogs are 5-9 on the year and 2-1 in the Southern Division after
defeating Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State.
Junior Desire Waller has 198 kills on the year and is averaging 4.71
kills per set. Waller was named the MEAC
Player of the Week on Sept. 24, and was named to the MEAC Preseason Team after
earning the 2011 MEAC Player of the Year award.
Maya Bell is second on S.C. State with an average of 2.18 kills. Alyse Lewis leads the Bulldogs with 57
blocks, and Elizabeth Webb is averaging a team-best 3.83 digs per set.
A&T is 10-0 against Savannah State.
The Aggies look to retain that streak on Sunday, as they take on the
Tigers at Wilcox-Wiley Gymnasium. In
their last meeting, the Aggies won 3-1 in Georgia. Jeana Daniels recorded 22
kills behind a .333 hitting percentage.
Andrea Evans had nine kills, 10 digs and a team-best six blocks in the
match. The Tigers are 0-23 overall and
0-3 in the Southern Division entering into the weekend. They will play N.C. Central on Friday before
hosting the Aggies on Sunday. Jasmine
Waite leads the Tigers with 104 kills, while Bryana Gadis has 102 kills on the
year. Chikia Jones leads the team with
24 total blocks. Savannah State has four
players with 100 or more digs on the season.
I Dig That: Freshman libero Ashley Johnson has 315 digs
on the year. She is the first A&T
player to reach the 300 dig plateau in a season since 2007, when Krystal Cooper
ended the year with 333 and Stacey Malone had 513. Lauren Walker also holds the program record
for career digs with 1,454. Johnson is
on pace to break the A&T digs career record, if she averages 364 digs per
100 is Grand: The Aggies have five players with 100 or more
kills on the year with nine matches to play. Freshmen
Brooke Stamnes (190) and Aleena McDaniel (150),senior Andrea Evans (123), sophomore
Aprill McRae (108) and junior Jeana Daniels (100) have reached the century
mark. The last time the Aggies had five or more players with 100+ kills in a
season was in 2007, when they had six players reach triple-digit kills,
including two with more than 320 kills (Aundia Gray and Krystal Cooper).
did he say?:
"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."-Head Coach Hal