Sept. 21, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Fayetteville State volleyball team dropped its first matches of the 2012 campaign on Friday afternoon to USC-Aiken and Armstrong Atlantic State during day one of the Johnson C. Smith Invitational at Brayboy Gymnasium.
The Lady Broncos fell to the Pacers 3-0 (19-25, 21-25, 23-25) and 3-1 to the Pirates (13-25, 25-20, 11-25, 16-25).
Fayetteville State falls to 7-2 on the season, while USC-Aiken improves to 7-5 overall and Armstrong Atlantic State is now 10-3. The Lady Broncos will conclude play at Johnson C. Smith on Saturday, Sept. 22 as they face the Golden Bulls at 3 p.m.
Joi Emanuel (Sr., Charlotte, NC) led Fayetteville State in game one with eight kills, while Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (Sr., Greensboro, NC) added seven kills. Joylene Thompson (Jr., Spanish Town, JA) and Jessica Hardy (So., Fayetteville, NC) also contributed five kills apiece.
The Lady Broncos quickly fell behind USC-Aiken in the first set 6-0, but would work their way back to a two-point deficit at 9-7. It would be as close as the Lady Broncos got in the opening set as the Pacers would go on an 11-3 run and pace their way to a first-set victory.
Both teams traded points back-and-forth early in the second set with the scored tied 8-8 before USC-Aiken went ahead by three at 12-9 and never trailed from that point on. Fayetteville State kept itself within four points of the Pacers, but could never get any closer as the set moved forward.
The final set saw both teams within three points or less of each other, with the Lady Broncos leading on three different occasions. After a kill by Emanuel and attack error by Shannon Byers put Fayetteville State ahead 21-19, USC-Aiken tied the set at 22-22, but Emanuel put the Lady Broncos back in front 23-22. From there the Pacers scored the final three points of the set to take the match from Fayetteville State.
In game two against the Pirates, Emanuel posted a team-high seven kills while Thompson, Hardy and Nwokolo had four kills each.
Armstrong Atlantic State led the entire first set over the Lady Broncos and had a lead as big as 11 points at 20-9, while Fayetteville State responded to take the second set and tie the match 1-1. The Lady Broncos trailed late in the second set 18-16, but ran off a string of five straight points off serves from Alea Jones (Jr., Charlotte, NC). The Pirates trimmed their deficit to one at 21-20, but Fayetteville State closed off the set scoring the final four points.
Armstrong Atlantic State responded in the final two sets as the Lady Broncos never held a lead. The Pirates went ahead 10-3 in the third and then, at 16-8, went on a 9-3 run to take the set. The fourth set saw Fayetteville State hold a 13-10 lead midway through the set, but Armstrong Atlantic State would hold the Lady Broncos to just three more points along the way.