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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Virginia State Topples Bowie State Volleyball

BOWIE, Md. – The visiting Trojans of Virginia State University slipped out the A.C. Jordan Arena with a straight set victory over Bowie State’s Lady Bulldogs, winning by scores of 25-21, 27-25 and 33-35 on Thursday evening.

All three sets were closely contested which seemed to ignite the fire in Bowie State. However, Virginia State managed to erase deficits in all three sets.

Bowie State held a10-5 advantage in set one only to see Virginia State storm back to tie the set at 17-17. Bowie State regained the lead on their next possession and the lead until VSU pulled even at 21-all. Unfortunately, the Trojans scored four straight points to take the first set.

The Lady Bulldogs kept the Trojans on their heels in set two, taking a 16-10 lead. Virginia State stormed back to tie the set at 16-16.  The lead would change hands three more times before the visitors claimed victory in the second set.

Just like the first two sets, Bowie State jumped out to a sizeable 12-6 lead only to have Virginia State battle back within one at 12-11. Set three was nip and tuck for the remainder of the set as neither backed down from the other.

Virginia State (10-4, 8-3 CIAA, 4-1 North) was paced by Dierdre Carter (Winchester, Va.) with a match-high 17 kills on 38 attacks and added nine digs and one block assists. Alexsys Pullen (Detroit, Mich.) contributed double-digit kills as well with 11 to go along with one service ace, two digs and one block assist. Adriana Hazou (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Trojans in digs with 19 and Imani Wood (Clover, S.C.) chipped in 12 digs.

Bowie State (5-17, 3-9 CIAA, 1-5 North) exhibited tremendous hustle the entire night and had Virginia State on the defensive in all three sets. Sophomore India Mason (New Orleans, La.) and junior Yaje Ngundam (Bowie, Md.) recorded 11 and 10 digs respectively to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Redshirt junior Marissa Martinez (Albuquerque, N.M.) picked up a team-high 17 digs while Ngundam hauled in 15 digs.

Freshman Valerie Taylor (Walkersville, Md.) ended the match with six kills, one assist and one solo block. Junior Alexis Fisher (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) tallied four kills on 15 attacks and earned three digs.

The Lady Bulldogs hit the road for their next two contests, playing at Chowan University on Sunday (October 12th) at 1 pm followed by a short trip over to Elizabeth City State University on Monday (October 13th) at 7 pm.

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