MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State extended their current win streak to three games as they swept conference opponent Mississippi Valley State 3-0 in Lockhart Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Hornets established a lead from the beginning, with two errors from Mississippi Valley at the start to spark a 5-1 opening run and forcing an early timeout.
- Out of the break, Alabama State continued their strong play, going up double-digits with a 14-4 lead and never trailing in the set, taking the opener 25-7.
- Mississippi Valley State started the second set with a 4-0 run, however a kill from junior Alexis Ratliff (Atlanta, Ga.) began a Hornet comeback to tie the game at 5-5.
- Alabama State continued their run after tying the game and took control after two consecutive service aces from setter Madison Beasley (Gilbert, Ariz.) to go up 11-6.
- Mississippi Valley continued to battle, closing the gap to a three-point deficit, however, could not overcome errors as the Hornets took the second set 25-12.
- The third set was similar to the first, as Alabama State came out blazing, opening the frame with a 13-3 run and forcing a called timeout.
- The Hornets came out of the break strong and controlled the momentum for the remainder of the match, finishing the sweep over the Delta Devilettes with a 25-8 win in the third.
- Ratliff led the Hornets offensively with a season-high 12 kills, while maintaining a .579 attack percentage and adding a dig on the day.
- Senior McKenzie Boland (Stockbridge, Ga.) led the Hornets defensively with a season-high 11 digs, while also logging 13 assists, while Junior Emersen Belles (Gilbert, Ariz.) recorded 10 digs –her sixth game on the year with double-digit digs – and chipped in with four assists and two aces.
- Both Kalysia Bates (Phenix City, Ala.) and Jada Rhodes (Tallahassee, Fla.) added seven kills each on the day, with Bates adding two blocks and Rhodes adding nine digs to their totals.
Alabama State (4-12) will host spring 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference champions Jackson State on Monday, October 4 to close out the current home stand. First serve is scheduled for 6 pm in Lockhart Gymnasium.
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