Volleyball finishes strong in Round-up

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Grambling State volleyball team dropped three out of five matches over the weekend during the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Round-up.

The Lady Tigers had defeats to Jackson State, Alabama State and Alabama A&M, before bouncing back with victories over Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State in the final games on Sunday afternoon.

Match 1 vs. JSU (3-1 loss)
Kevreion Ward led the Lady Tigers on offense with 10 kills and .318 hitting percentage, while L’Muriell Thrower dished out 15 assists and Shelia Borders added 13 assist. The defensive side of the ball was led by Erineka Mollere with 15 digs. JSU Markayshia Masani recorded a match-high 23 digs.  

Match 2 vs. Alabama State (3-0 loss)
GSU halted a 43-game conference win streak of Alabama State earlier this season. However, ASU redeemed the defeat with a victory over the Lady Tigers Friday afternoon in opening night play. Chasity Nicks led the GSU with seven kills, while Thrower added nine assist.

Ward finished with four digs to lead the defense. Kori Kutsch registered a match-high 38 assists for ASU.

Match 3 vs.  Alabama A&M (3-0 loss)
Grambling State fell short to the host team Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon in SWAC Round-up play. Alabama swept the first three sets, as Ward paced the Tigers offense with 10 kills and .300 hitting percentage. Thrower added 18 assist, while Talicia Lang lead GSU defense with 12 digs.

Megan Evans led Alabama A&M with a match-high 37 assists.

Match 4 vs. Alcorn State (3-2 win)
GSU fell 25-11 in the opening set but bounced back as the Lady Tigers would come out victorious 15-8 in the fifth-set to take win against the Lady Panthers in the second game Saturday afternoon. Nicks and Lang led the Lady Tigers with 14 and 10 kills on the offensive side of the net. Mollere paced the defense with 11 digs wile Borders chipped in 10 digs. Barbara Cabo led the Lady Panthers with a match-high 33 assists.


Match 5 vs. Mississippi Valley State (3-1 win)
Nicks and Ward paced Grambling State as they combined for 24 kills in a 3-1 win against MSV in the final day as the SWAC Round-up concluded Sunday afternoon. Nicks paced the offense .243 hitting percentage on 14 kills, while ward ended with a .276 hitting percentage on 10 kills. Thrower handed out a team-high 28 assists. Brookyln Hudson lead Valley with a match-high 30 assists.

The Lady Tigers return to action in a non-conference match at Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center against Centenary, Wednesday (Oct. 24), beating the Shreveport , Louisiana, team 3-1.