Alabama A&M Drops Pair On First Day Of Southern Cluster

BATON ROUGE, La. – Alabama A&M (3-20, 3-8 SWAC) dropped a pair of matches on the first day of the Southern Cluster, losing 3-0 to Southern (5-11, 4-6 SWAC) and Alcorn State (3-17, 2-6 SWAC) in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball action on Sunday, October 31. The Bulldogs fell 28-26, 25-20, 25-23 to SU and 25-11, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 and 15-13 against the Braves.
Southern 3, Alabama A&M 0
The Jaguars opened the set leading 9-3 used a 13-10 run to push a 22-13 advantage. The Bulldogs would then respond with a 6-0 run to close the gap to 22-19. SU would score consecutive points before AAMU had a 5-0 burst to tie the game 24-24 but the Jaguars would then wrap up the set by earning the final two points for a 26-24 victory.
The second set started with both teams deadlocked at eight apiece before Southern scored five of the next eight points to take the lead 13-11. The Bulldogs would respond with a mini 3-0 burst to take the lead by one before SU had a 6-1 run to lead 19-15.
 AAMU would then score two straight points before Southern would end the set by scoring six of the final nine points to win 25-20.
In the final set, the Jaguars opened with a narrow 13-11 lead before extending their advantage with a mini 5-2 run. Alabama A&M would respond by unleashing a 5-0 rally to tie the game at 18-18. From there the Bulldogs would have their own 5-2 burst and take the lead, 23-21.
SU would then flip the switch and score the final four points to win the set, and the match, with a 25-23 victory.
Senior outside hitter Ashley Jordan (Bridgetown, Barbados) led the Bulldogs in kills with eight while freshman middle hitter Alondrah Santana (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) had seven. Sophomore setter Isis Mitchell (Plano, Texas) fueled the offense with 14 assists.
Senior Maci Battle (Meridanville, Ala.) chipped in with 15 digs and Mitchell had 11 to round out the top performers.
Nya Campbell had 10 kills for the Jaguars. Taylor Ryleigh and Kyla Carrier fueled the offense for SU with 16 and 15 assists respectively, and Trenity Lundy came away with 11 digs.
 Alcorn 3, Alabama A&M 2
Alcorn started with a narrow 7-4 lead before the Braves unleashed an 8-0 run to push their score to 15-4. Alcorn State continued their lead by scoring five of the next eight points before the Bulldogs had a mini 3-0 spread to close the gap 20-10. The Braves would wrap up the set with a 5-1 run to win 25-11.
The second set started and Alcorn State had a minor 14-11 advantage before the Bulldogs had a 4-0 burst to lead by one. They would then pull away with a 10-6 run to win 25-20.
The third set got underway with both teams locked at 13-13 before the Braves scored three of the next four points to lead by two. The Bulldogs would then respond with a 4-0 run to flip the switch and lead 18-16. From there both teams would go back and forth before Alabama A&M would earn seven points that included four kills to close out the set 25-23.
The fourth set would see the Braves build a narrow 9-7 lead before unleashing a 9-0 rally to extend the score to 18-7. The Bulldogs would respond with a 9-4 run to close the gap to 22-16 but Alcorn State would score three of the final four points to notch a 25-17 victory and force a deciding fifth and final set.
In that frame, the teams would battle to a 10-10 deadlock before the Braves scored three straight points by a service error, kill and service ace. The Bulldogs would notch consecutive points before Alcorn State delivered the final blow with two of the final three points to win the match and set with a 15-13 victory.
Jordan and freshman middle hitter Ryann Tolbert (Southfield, Mich.) had 12 kills apiece for the Bulldogs while freshman middle hitters Sydney Morant (Columbus, Ohio) and Alondrah Santana (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) had 10 and eight kills, respectively. Mitchell ignited the offense with 34 assists and sophomore defensive specialist Shelby Denae had 16 digs while Battle came away with 12 digs to round out the top performers.
Mikenzie Young-Mullins had 17 kills for the Braves and Maria Correa-Rentas fueled the offense with 33 assists. Jada Taylor led the defense with 20 digs and Mariah Wilmoth had 10.
The Bulldogs will return to the court on Monday, November 1 for their final game of the Southern Cluster as they battle Prairie View A&M. Game time is slated for 9 a.m.

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