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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Elizabeth City State Rallies to Hand Bowie State Volleyball a Five-Set Setback




BOWIE, Md. - Bowie State volleyball surrendered a two set to none advantage and dropped a key CIAA division match to Elizabeth City State, falling in five sets by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 9-25, 20-25 and 7-15. The loss dips the Lady Bulldogs overall season mark to 1-12, 1-5 in the CIAA and 0-3 in the conferences Northern Division.

Lady Bulldogs’ freshman Valerie Taylor (Walkersville, Md.) paced the home team with eight kills on 23 attacks and added one dig, two solo blocks and one block assists. Junior Yaje Ngundam (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore India Mason (New Orleans, La.) contributed seven kills apiece while juniors Alexis Fisher (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) and Marissa Martinez (Albuquerque, N.M.) along sophomore Amy Harvey (Laurel, Md.) tallied three kills each.

Harvey setup her teammates 23 times and recorded 12 digs but she committed a career-high 16 ball handling errors. Martinez picked up a team-high 18 digs and Ngundam added a dozen digs.

It was all Bowie State in the opening set as the Lady Bulldogs led from beginning to end. However, set two featured eight ties and two lead changes.  Elizabeth City State’s largest lead of set two was at 18-13 before Bowie State stormed back to tie the set at 18-all on a service ace by Ngundam. A service error by ECSU’s Zhana Winters broke the tie and gave BSU the lead for good for the remainder of set two.

The Lady Vikings dominated the third set, with ECSU’s Kelsey Smith doing most of the damage. Smith was responsible for five the teams’ 10 third set kills on six attacks. With Elizabeth City State holding a 13-8 lead, the Lady Vikings went on an 11-0 run before an Ngundam kill stops the run at 24-9. From that point, Smith drilled a kill into the A.C Jordan Arena court to close out set three.

In set four, Bowie State had its largest lead at 7-3 only to see Smith and company battle back to tie the set at 9-9. The set would see two more ties before Elizabeth City gained the lead for the first time since 1-0.

An attack error by Bowie State sophomore Kyerra Martin (Washington, D.C.) gave Elizabeth City State a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the fourth set.

The fifth and final set of the match featured two ties with the last coming a 6-6. From that point, Elizabeth City State went on a 9-1 run to close out the night.

Elizabeth City State (4-7, 4-2 CIAA, 2-1 North) was led by Smith’s double-double of 24 kills and 11 digs. Rosetta Becerra recorded a double-double as well with 17 kills and 16 digs. Three other Lady Vikings tallied double figure digs as Tracie Twine earned a match-high 21 digs, Emmesha White accounted for 10 and Krystal Sawyer chipped in 12 digs in the win.

Bowie State will step out of conference for their next match, making a trip to Shepherdstown, W.Va. to take on the Rams of Shepherd University at 7 pm. You can follow the Lady Bulldogs at Shepherd match video stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shep-basketball.

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