Howard Volleyball Part of ESPNU’s “HBCU Day”

ESPNU set to re-air 2019 MEAC Volleyball Championship match Saturday (May 23)

DEREK W. BRYANT  Photo courtesy Howard 
(Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2020) – Saturday (May 23), ESPN will celebrate “HBCU Day” with more than 10 hours of programming, highlighting the two leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) conferences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Among the jam-packed schedule includes the 2019 MEAC Women’s Volleyball Championship, featuring Howard University and Morgan State University inside Burr Gymnasium. ESPN plans to re-air the thrilling match at 2 p.m. (ET).

On Nov. 24, 2019, the Bison erased a 2-1 match deficit to win their fifth consecutive MEAC Title after taking down rival Morgan State in a five set classic. With the win, HU won its 12th MEAC crown overall while earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. (ET), the network will feature women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and football from the only two HBCU Division I conferences.

ESPNU’s “HBCU Day” programming is an extension of #UndefeatedHBCUDay on The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative focused on the intersections of sports, race, and culture.

Saturday, The Undefeated features videos, written texts, digital shows and more across its social accounts and curated on www.TheUndefeated.com in celebration of HBCU graduates in the Class of 2020.

Below is Saturday’s “HBCU Day” Programming Lineup:

ESPNU “HBCU Day” – Saturday, May 23

Time (ET) -- Contest (Original Air Date)
•12:30 p.m. -- 2019 SWAC Women’s Volleyball Championship – Alabama State vs. Prairie View (Nov. 24, 2019)
•2 p.m. -- 2019 MEAC Women’s Volleyball Championship – Morgan State vs. Howard (Nov. 24, 2019)
•4 p.m. -- 2020 MEAC College Basketball – North Carolina A&T State vs. North Carolina Central (March 5, 2020)
•6 p.m. -- 2019 MEAC College Football – Florida A&M vs. South Carolina State (Oct. 12, 2019)
•9 p.m. -- 2019 SWAC College Football – Alcorn State vs. Grambling State (Nov. 9, 2019)

About Howard University Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

About ESPN
ESPN is an American basic cable sports channel owned by ESPN Inc., owned jointly by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan. ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut.

About The Undefeated

The Undefeated is the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture. We enlighten and entertain with innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com, ESPN website at www.ESPN.com, and The Undefeated website at www.TheUndefeated.com.

 
Why Not Me: Howard’s Olson Among Speakers at the MEAC Women in Athletics Workshop
Amy Olson provides knowledge and advice for women working in athletics

Derek Bryant

(Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

NORFOLK, Va. (October 16, 2019) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the 11th annual Women in Athletics Professional Development Workshop “Why Not Me?” where Howard University Senior Women Athletic Administrator's) Amy Olson will be among the speakers for this year’s panel. The two-day event (Dec. 16-17) will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the week of activities leading up to the Celebration Bowl.

“I am honored to be [a] panelist at this year’s women in athletics workshop,” said Olson. “As a senior woman athletic administrator, I understand the importance of encouraging and educating young women on opportunities within collegiate athletics.”

The goal of this workshop is to increase the awareness of opportunities available to women athletic administrators and assist them in their professional development. In addition, this workshop will provide the necessary tools to assist young women interested in becoming athletic administrators.

“The Women in Athletics workshop continues the MEAC’s mission of providing opportunities and positive experiences for women who aspire to have a career in athletic administration,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas said. “As always, I encourage all to attend what will be an informative networking and interactive opportunity.”

The MEAC has plenty of progressive, talented innovators and thinkers presenting – including keynote speaker Tanika Cabral, Vice President, Global Marketing for Coca-Cola. Other presenters include Sonja O. Stills, MEAC Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator; Alexiss Robinson, Director of Compliance - Financial Aid at Villanova University; Alvin Payne of Atlantic Union Bank; Dr. Jodi Merriday of the Southwest Atlanta Foundation; and Merlene Aitken-Smith, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Clayton State University.

“When I started in collegiate athletics, it was not the norm to see women in the field,” Olson added. “I think now our society and many programs have come to embrace women [in athletics]. Iam happy to help contribute to this movement.”

This workshop is open to students, coaches, athletic staff members, conference office staff, or any woman interested in advancing in the field of athletics.

Registration closes Monday, Dec. 9. For more information, contact Stills at stillss@themeac.com.

About Howard Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.
 
Howard Volleyball Rallies to Win Fifth Straight MEAC Title

Bison take down Lady Bears in five set classic

 DEREK W. BRYANT  (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (November 24, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team erased a 2-1 match deficit to win their fifth consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Title after taking down rival Morgan State (MSU) in a five setclassic (24-26, 37-35, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12) at Burr Gymnasium.

With the win, HU won its 12th MEAC crown overall while earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg, the tournament’s Outstanding Coach, said. “This was the best-played match I’ve seen in a long time. Obviously, there were some sloppy parts, but for the most part, players were hitting high and aggressive and hard time after time… every time you had a free ball, there was something coming back hard at you.”

Sophomore Kailyn Williams (Arlington, Texas) led the Bison comeback, producing 18 kills and four digs. For her efforts, the Texas product took home the tourney’s most outstanding player.

Howard held a 24-22 advantage in the opening set, but the Lady Bears scored the final four points in the game to take a 1-0 match lead.

Set two became an instant classic where both squads went back-and-forth throughout. With the set tied at 35, a pair of MSU hitting errors gave HU the game and tied the match, 1-1.

“Kira [Porter] and I were trying to keep everybody focused and calm,” said Howard team captain Jurnee Tipton, referring to the epic set two win. “It’s really easy to get frantic and out of sequence in moments like that.”

After the five-minute intermission, Morgan State took control of the match and held a 2-1 match lead, but the Bison refused to go away.

Howard grabbed the upper hand throughout set four and forced a deciding fifth set, 25-23.

After MSU scored the first point in the fifth set, Howard got into a rhythm and took back control to win the MEAC Crown.

Tipton, Williams and senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) were named to the 2019 MEAC All-Tournament squad. Tipton produced a double-double, 19 kills and 16 digs, while Porter added 15 kills and eight total blocks in Sunday’s win.

For Morgan Sate, Zoe McBride and Tylar Robertson combined for 45 kills in a losing effort.

The 2019 NCAA DI women's volleyball championship bracket will be announced Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Howard face No. 2 Morgan State in the 2019 MEAC Championship at 8 a.m. on ESPNU.

Howard Volleyball Reaches MEAC Championship Match
Bison knock off rival Coppin State in four

 Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team reached the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament Finals after knocking off rival Coppin State (CSU) in four (25-14, 25-14, 22-25, 25-20) inside Burr Gymnasium.

With the win, HU (19-12) reached its sixth consecutive conference finals and awaits the winner between Morgan State and North Carolina A&T State.

“We had an idea of what this team could be at the beginning of the season and that really came to pass in [sets] one and two,” Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We looked at each other on the coaching staff and said, ‘This is what we’ve been trying to be all year.’”

HU recorded a .311 hitting percentage, led by third-year outside hitter Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.). The Michigan native produced a double-double, 19 kills and 11 digs, in the victory.

Both squads were deadlocked at eight in the opening set, but the Bison scored four consecutive points to create separation and take game one, 25-14.

Set two saw Howard firing on all cylinders, generating a match-high .500 hitting percentage. Howard led game two from start to finish and took a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Game three witnessed both clubs going back-and-forth until the Eagles scored the final three points to pull within one of tying the match, 2-1.

Howard regained the momentum in set four, producing a .326 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kailyn Williams (Arlington, Texas) led the Bison attack with eight kills in the game four win.

Williams finished with 12 kills on the night while junior Myca Mitchell (Clovis, Calif.) added 11 kills.

Freshmen Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) and Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) combined for 51 assists and third-year libero Fola Wilson had a match-leading 19 digs in the victory.

For CSU (13-18), Jordan Celestine notched a team-best eight kills in the loss.

Admission for Sunday’s championship match is $10.

UPDATE: No 1. Howard will face No. 2 Morgan State in the 2019 MEAC Championship at 8 a.m. on ESPNU.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Bison meet No. 6 Panthers in the NCAA First Round

Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (December 1, 2019) – The NCAA Volleyball Committee unveiled its 64-team bracket where Howard University drew No. 6 Pittsburgh in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball First Round. The announcement came Sunday night on ESPNU.

Howard takes on the Panthers Friday, Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, Pa., inside the Petersen Events Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

HU (20-12) won its fifth consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Title, 12th overall, after taking down rival Morgan State in a five set classic (24-26, 37-35, 17-25, 25-23,15-12) at Burr Gymnasium.

Overall, this will be Howard's sixth NCAA appearance.

This season, Pitt (29-1) went undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and currently rides an 18-match winning streak. The Panthers are ranked No. 2 in the latest American VolleyballCoaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll.
Cincinnati and VCU will also be in Pittsburgh where they face each other Friday at 4 p.m.

The winners of Friday’s matches will meet in the second round Saturday (Dec. 7).

To view the 2019 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament bracket, please click here.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.