Sept. 28, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Kathryn Tokarski and Stephony Newkirk had 10 kills apiece to lead the St. Augustine's Lady Falcons to a 3-1 victory over Fayetteville State in volleyball on Tuesday night.
St. Augustine's, which took over the Southern Division lead with the victory, won by the scores of 18-25, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-18.
Fayetteville State (8-4, 8-3) played well in the first set, using an inspired effort coming onto the floor to take a quick 12-5 advantage.
That edge grew as the game progressed, with the Lady Broncos getting timely kills from Octavia Wynn (So., Hope Mills, NC) and Jasmine Stewart (Jr. Bunn, NC) to break the set open with a 21-13 lead. The Lady Broncos only poured it on from there, using two kills from Samantha Meeks (Sr., Laurinburg, NC) and a crushing block by Wynn and Jessica Hardy (Fr., Fayetteville, NC) to score the set's final three points in quick succession.
St. Augustine's (11-5, 9-2), which, at 4-0, moved a game ahead of Fayetteville State in divisional play, evened the match with their own quick start in the second set, taking an eight-point lead midway through the set that was enough to keep the Lady Broncos at bay.
The Lady Broncos fell behind early in the third set, only to make two comebacks. A 3-0 spurt early brought Fayetteville State back within two points at 10-8, a run that grew to 11-4 as FSU took a 16-14 lead midway through. But the Falcons responded, using an 11-1 flourish to close out the set and take the 2-1 advantage.
A quick 6-0 run early in the third set helped St. Augustine's hold off the Broncos and preserve the victory.
Stewart led FSU with nine kills while Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (So., Greensboro, NC) added seven. Achari Mainor (Sr., Antioch, CA) had 23 assists to lead the team while Stewart added nine digs, which tied for the team lead with Meeks.
Roxanne Smith added 33 assists for the Lady Falcons while Tokarski and Keisha Parris had 10 digs apiece.
Fayetteville State now begins a three-game road swing, playing their next game at Shaw on Oct. 1. The Lady Broncos return home on Oct. 11 to face Livingstone.