Alabama A&M Drops 3-1 Decision To Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. – Alabama A&M (4-21, 4-9 SWAC) dropped a 3-1 (25-15, 25-9, 23-25, 25-13) decision to Jackson State (13-12, 13-1 SWAC) in an NCAA Division I women’s volleyball match on Sunday, November 8.
 
JSU opened the set with a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs had a 7-4 run to be down by one. The Tigers would then respond with a 10-4 rally to stretch the score to 18-11 before wrapping up the set with a 7-4 burst to win 25-15.
 
Jackson State started the second frame leading 7-4 before they unleashed a 10-0 rally to lead 17-4. They would then would then score eight of the final 13 points to win 25-9.
 
The third set began similar to the first with JSU leading 4-0 before AAMU had an 11-7 run to even the score 11-11. Both teams battled it out until they were deadlocked at 18-18 before the Bulldogs would have a 4-0 run that included two kills from senior outside hitter Ashley Jordan (Bridgetown, Barbados) to pull ahead 22-18. From there both teams would go back and forth before Alabama A&M notched a 25-23 victory.
 
In what would be the final set the Tigers once again gained another early advantage, this time 5-0 before having a 6-5 lead to stretch the score to 11-5. The Bulldogs would respond by scoring five of the next six points to narrow the gap to 12-10 before the Tigers responded with a 4-0 burst.
 
 AAMU would score consecutive points before the Tigers unleashed a 9-1 rally to wrap up the set and match with a 25-13 victory.
 
Jordan (Bridgetown, Barbados) and freshman middle hitters Ryann Tolbert (Southfield, Mich.) and India Rhodes (Chandler, Ariz.) led the Bulldogs with nine, seven and five kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Isis Mitchell (Plano, Texas) ignited the offense with 17 assists and 14 digs.
 
Defensive specialist Maci Battle (Meridianville, Ala.) came away with 12 digs to round out the top performers.
 
Alexis Williams had 18 kills for Jackson State while Jylen Whitten notched 14 and Damassy Thompson fueled the offense with 44 assists. Trinity Bryant led the defense with 17 digs.
 
The Bulldogs will next head to Mississippi Valley State on Monday, November 8 with game time slated for 6 p.m.
 

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