GREENSBORO, N.C. - Bethune-Cookman posted its first road victory and first five-set win of 2012 Friday night as the Lady Cats outlasted North Carolina A&T 3-2 (17-25,25-17,25-19,22-25,15-11) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division match.
Krysta Gardner had 18 kills and Delicia Pierre 17, while Jennifer Jimenez had a career-high 26 digs and Monica Lowe 47 assists as Bethune-Cookman (2-18 overall, 2-1 MEAC) won on the road after six previous setback and took a five-setter after losing to Hampton and South Carolina State earlier this season. B-CU has now won two straight.
Gardner had four kills, an ace and a block while Pierre had two kills in the tiebreaker as B-CU jumped out to 5-1 and 8-3 leads and held off the Aggies (0-21,0-2) after they closed to 8-6 and 10-8.
Jimenez eclipsed her previous high of 25 digs with the third best single-match total in program history. The junior also had three aces.
Recovering from a first set loss, Gardner (five aces, six digs, four blocks) and Jimenez combined for aces of five of B-CU's first seven points in the second set. B-CU jumped out to a 10-5 lead and led by as many as ten points en route to tying the match at one set apiece.
B-CU took the lead with a third set victory after pulling away from a 13-11 lead to take a 20-13 advantages.
Lowe, a freshman, also had seven digs.
The Lady Cats won face North Carolina Central Sunday at 1 p.m.