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Lady Knights rally past Alcorn State (759 hits)

SUNO rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Alcorn State 3-1 in The Castle on Thursday night. In front of a small but raucous crowd, the Lady Knights improved their 2011 record to 2-1 with the win. SUNO's Sabrina Scott, a 6'4" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington, was a major contributor with 19 kills and 5 digs on the evening. It was the Lady Knights' first win against an NCAA opponent since the program started in 2009.

The Lady Knights began the contest in a cloud of uncertainty, losing the first set 25-22; but the resilience that became their 2010 identity was revealed when they came from behind in the second set for a 25-20 win. Where the Lady Knights displayed their best performance of the night was the third set, which they won convincingly 25-14. In that set, SUNO had a team 41% attack efficiency. Finally, SUNO put the match to bed with a 25-17 fourth set win.

Aside from Scott, two other Lady Knights had double-digit kills. Freshman outside hitter/defensive specialist Christal Hollins contributed 15 kills to the effort along with her 2 aces and 8 digs. Zipporah Washington, a sophomore outside hitter, had 11 kills to compliment her 2 aces and 10 digs. Sophomore setter Gabby Carter, who was an All-GCAC (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) selection, had her usual successful outing in assists with 42.

Great defense was provided by Trenice Smith, a junior outside hitter, and Shametria Gonzales, a sophomore defensive specialist. Both had a team-leading 12 digs, each. Arrianne Gray, a senior middle blocker, had 2 aces and 3 solo blocks for SUNO. The Lady Knights bettered the Lady Braves in team kills 53 to 30.

For Alcorn State, Alicia Tate, Shaquanda Hollis, and Stephenie Williams all had 5 kills, each. Monique Ransom had 11 aces while Donna Kelly had a team-leading 12 digs.

SUNO is coached by Naomi Washington, who is in her second year as a head coach. Washington, who was a stand-out player at Long Beach State, took the Lady Knights within a match of winning the conference championship in her first season as head coach.

PICTURED: Junior outside hitter Trenice Smith rises against Alcorn State. Photo by Eddie Francis
Posted By: Eddie Francis
Friday, September 9th 2011 at 10:35AM
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