|Chowan Volleyball Falls To Limestone In Four
Evann Carpenter Picture courtesy Chowan
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Volleyball team suffered their
second straight Conference Carolinas loss to league leading
Limestone, 3-1, at home on Saturday.
FINAL | Chowan 1, Limestone 3
RECORDS | Chowan 3-7 (1-3), Limestone 8-5 (5-0)
LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Hannah Sladick notched her first double-double of the season with 11
kills and 13 digs. Sydney Hiner (20), Anixa Rosa-Martinez (17), and
Katie Houston (15) posted double-digit digs.
Ann-Marie Johnson posted nine kills to go with 5.5 total blocks
including four solo blocks.
Chowan hit .353 in the third set taking the set 25-20.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Limestone opened up the match with a 5-0 run before Hannah Sladick
put the Hawks on the board with a kill. Ann-Marie Johnson notched a
kill and a solo block to cut the deficit in half, 10-5.
Sydney Hiner sparked a run after trailing 12-7 to take the lead
13-12. Hiner posted two kills and teamed up with Ann-MarieJohnson
for a block. HannahSladick notched a kill and KatieHouston produced
a service ace before Limestone called timeout.
Ann-MarieJohnson recorded a kill before the Saints pushed their lead
to 20-15. The Saints would take the set 25-16.
AnixaRosa-Martinez started the set with a pair of kills.
Rosa-Martinez and Ann-Marie Johnson posted kills to push the lead to
Limestone responded with five straight points on three kills and two
Hawks miscues. Ann-Marie Johnson and Anixa Rosa-Martinez would
regain the lead with a kill each, 10-9.
Chloe Putnam would put down a kill before the Saints took the lead
18-14 with five straight points.
Following a block and kill by Ann-Marie Johnson, the Saints opened
the set to 24-17. Hannah Sladick notched the final kill for the
Hawks as Limestone took the set 25-18.
Anixa Rosa-Martinez, Sydney Hiner, Hannah Sladick and Ann-Marie
Johnson posted a kill each to give the Hawks an 8-4 advantage. Hiner,
Sladick and Johnson added to the lead with a kill, 11-6.
Limestone would rally to even the set at 15, 16, and 17-all. Saints'
miscues gave the Hawks the lead before Hannah Sladick recorded two
of the final three kills in the set to take the set 25-20. Ann-Marie
Johnson posted the final kill.
Hannah Sladick and Ciara Ortega posted a kill and Ann-Marie Johnson
recorded a block early in the fourth set.
The Saints rattled off nine straight points to push the set to 17-7.
The Saints would use back-to-back blocks to lead 20-9.
Chowan would score seven of the next nine points to cut the deficit
to 22-16. Sydney Hiner and Anixa Rosa-Martinez posted a kill and
Ciara Ortega recorded a service ace.
Limestone finished off the set with a pair of kills to take the
Chowan will travel down the road to take on Barton in a Conference
Carolinas match on Wednesday, October 9. The contest will be held at
Fike HS in Wilson. Firstserve is at 7pm
Volleyball Sets School Mark at the Jack Kaiser Classic ,
Bison sweep Golden Griffins; HU’s comeback falls short against
Columbia Derek Bryant
(Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)
QUEENS, N.Y. (September 6, 2019) – Howard University women’s
volleyball team set a new school record in hitting percentage after
sweeping Canisius in three sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-20). HU eclipsed a
.446 mark, shattering the previous school record of .415.
Overall, the Bison registered 49 kills throughout the match while
limiting their hitting errors to eight.
“We played well tonight,” said Howard women’s volleyball head coach
Shaun Kupferberg after the match versus Canisius. “[We] showed a lot
of growth in our offense by limiting our hitting errors while still
being aggressive. If we can do that consistently, we will be tough
Junior Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) led the Bison attack with a
match-high 15 kills while recording a .652 hitting percentage.
Senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) added nine kills with a .727
hitting percentage while freshmen Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas)
and Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) combined for 41 assists in the
Howard opened the day with a tough five-set loss to Columbia,
despite a valiant comeback (20-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 14-16).
“I'm proud of the team and how they came back from a slow start,”
Kupferberg stated after the contest against Columbia. “Columbia has
a big time player in ChiChi [Ikwuazom] that controlled large parts
of the match. We need to be a better more consistent team if we
expect to have a better result.”
Columbia’s ChiChi Ikwuazom guided the Lions, registering 27 kills
while eclipsing a .389 hitting percentage.
After dropping the first two sets, HU rallied to take sets three and
four to force a fifth and deciding set. In the fifth set, Howard
held the upper hand late, but the Lions clawed their way back to
take the set and match.
Porter led the way with 10 kills, seven blocks (one solo), three
digs and an ace. Newcomer Macy Witt-Nobles (Rosharon, Texas)
produced a match-best 12 kills while junior Abby Morrow (Detroit)
racked up a team-leading 17 digs in the loss.
Saturday (Sept. 7), Howard wraps up the weekend against St. John’s.
Match-time is set for noon on ESPN3.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
|Four Rams Named to
Pre-Season All-CIAA Team; WSSU Picked to Finish Fourth
WSSU picked to finish third in CIAA South
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams will look to
prove the predictors wrong in the upcoming season as the
team was picked to finish fourth overall and third in their
division in the 2019 CentralIntercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA) Predicted Order of Finish. The Rams will
have a lot of talent to do it with as four WSSU players were
selected for the 2019 CIAA Preseason All-Conference team.
The Rams earned the preseason prediction after a very
successful 2018 season. The team finished the season with a
16-15 overall record and a 14-4 record in CIAA play. Of the
three teams picked ahead of themin the predictions, the Rams
notched wins over two of the three teams ranked ahead of
them last season, including taking a five-set win over the
predicted top team, Virginia State.
There will be a lot for the team to work with as the team
had several players honored with spots on the preseason
all-conference team. Senior outside hitter Ytae Cobb earned
a spot at the outside hitter positionafter totaling 281
kills and ranking third in the CIAA in total kills. She was
also a first team All-CIAA selection last season. She is
joined on the team by fellow Rams Danyale Berry and Alexis
Gregson-Hammond. Berry finished last season as the CIAA
leaderwith 283 total kills while Gregson-Hammond added 151
kills with 56 total blocks (51 solo). Sophomore Myra Wallace
was also selected at the Libero position as she totaled 238
digs with 29 service aces.
The Winston-Salem State Rams will open the 2019 season,
Friday, September 6th when the team hosts the Erskine Fleet
in a 6:00 p.m. match. The Rams will return to action,
Saturday, September 7thwhen they host the Benedict Tigers at
For more information on Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU
Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log
on to www.WSSURams.com.
|Youth Wave Soaring for
NCCU Volleyball in 2019
YOUTUBEVIDEO: Head Coach Jody Brown Preseason Interview
DURHAM, N.C. — Fourth-year head coach Jody Brown continues a
youth movement for an optimisticNorth Carolina Central
University volleyball team that will begin play for its
upcoming 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30 after hosting its
annual Maroon-Gray Scrimmage on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
NCCU’sroster will showcase a young and talented group with
10 of its 16 players being either freshmen or sophomores.
The Lady Eagles may be young, but they do have a lot of
collegiate experience to make some noise in the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC). NCCU has 12 returnees and two
transfers for a total of 14 student-athletes that have
competed at the intercollegiate level.
Senior outside hitter Kennedy White is NCCU’s lone four-year
letter winner and will serve as team captain for the Lady
Eagles. The Debra Saunders-White Leadership Award winner and
NCCU Volleyball Players Choice honoree has played in 55
matches over her first three seasons in a maroon and gray
Fellow outside hitter Jessica Pilivi will be the only other
senior on the NCCU volleyball roster. In her first season
with the Lady Eagles, Pilivi played in 24 matches and
averaged over two digs per set and nearly one point per set.
The youth movement was solidified last season when rookies
Arlanda Faulkner and Morgan Goodwin were selected to the
MEAC All-Rookie Team. Faulkner plays on the outside ofthe
front row and led NCCU in her first season with 2.36 kills
and 0.27 aces per set. Goodwin became a good scoring option
from the middle blocker position with averages of 2.02 kills
and 0.94 blocks per set.
Goodwin and setter Celene Morris, another rookie last
season, are NCCU’s two returnees that played in every match
last season. Morris became a versatile player with averages
of 3.65 assists and 2.49 digs per set, which were both
second best averages on the team.
Junior outside hitter Christine Alcox matches White as a
leadership and player’s choice award winner and will join
Faulkner as a primary pin hitter. Alcox has averaged over
two points and one dig per set over the course of her first
two seasons at NCCU.
The depth of NCCU’s attack is its strongest it has been
since Brown took over leading the Lady Eagles. Junior middle
blocker McKayla Young, sophomore outside hitter Ammaarah
Williams, sophomore right side Estfania Louis and sophomore
outside hitter Hana Lee are four more veterans that will be
competing for playing time on the front line to go along
with sophomore outside hitter transfer Jasmine Sanders and
freshman middle blocker Elana Fuller.
NC Central returns its two primary setters from last season,
which shall help the offensive chemistry. Sophomore Isis
Mitchell led the Lady Eagles with 7.91 assists perset and
was joined by Morris at the setter position.
A couple of newcomers will be expected to fill the void left
by two defensive specialists that graduated last academic
year. Freshman Alyssa Pieh and junior transfer Yomaries
Villegas-Miranda are the leading candidates to wear the
libero jersey. Junior Braxton Wright is NCCU’s lone letter
winning defensive specialist.
NCCU has finished fourth in the Southern Division each of
the last three seasons to qualify for the MEAC Championship
Tournament each time. The Lady Eagles were picked to finish
fourth out of five teams in the division in the 2019
preseason coaches’ poll.
Fans of the maroon and gray can follow NCCU volleyball all
season on NCCUEaglePride.com.
|2019 CIAA Volleyball Predicted Order of
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