@BCUVolleyball Game Central: NCCU and N.C. A&T
DURHAM, N.C. – Bethune-Cookman begins a key two-match swing through North Carolina Friday against North Carolina Central followed by a Sunday meeting with North Carolina A&T.
The Lady Cats (6-22 overall, 5-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division) are currently in second place, a half-match ahead of North Carolina A&T (5-21,4-2). A sweep would clinch a second seed at the MEAC tournament in two weeks. Florida A&M (11-6,7-0) has a two-match lead for the division title and its number one seed.
B-CU UPDATE: The Lady Cats are also looking for their best record in conference play since the 2004 team went 7-3. Sophomore Delicia Pierre registered ten service aces in B-CU’s two victories last weekend, vaunting her into the MEAC lead in that category as well as ninth in the nation. She’s also third in scoring (3.97 points per set) and kills (3.17). Freshman setter Alexas Thomas is sixth in assists (8.48 per set) and her season total of 746 is the seventh best in program history. Sophomore Rhea Simon is fifth in scoring (4.19 points per set) during league play. Pierre, Simon and Jennifer Jimenez are 1-2-3 in service aces against MEAC South teams.
NCCU UPDATE: The Eagles (2-22,2-4) are led by Da’Sha Brown, who has 198 kills on the season followed by Kalin Russell with 171. B-CU claimed a 3-0 victory in the first meeting on October 6, with freshman Lauren Turner and Simon posting 11 and 10 kills, respectively. NCCU leads the all-time series 6-5.
NCAT UPDATE: Alenna McDaniels (226 kills) and Brooke Stamnes (223) are the focal points of the Aggie offense. B-CU needed 28 and 30 points to win the first two sets of the October 4 meetings in which Thomas broke B-CU’s school record for assists in a three-set match with 48. North Carolina A&T leads the all-time series 30-14.
ONLINE: Follow this weekend’s matches on our twitter feeds (@BCUvolleyball and @BCUathletics).