Oct. 18, 2010
RALEIGH, NC - The Fayetteville State Lady Broncos made a run at a share of first place in the CIAA's Southern Division.
Then the St. Augustine's Lady Falcons made a run right back. And they got to the finish line first.
In a battle of the division's top two volleyball teams, the Lady Falcons rallied from a 2-1 deficit to trip the Lady Broncos 3-2 on Monday night, capturing the Southern Division crown in the process.
St. Augustine's won the match by the scores of 26-24, 23-25, 17-25, 25-14 and 15-9 to remain unbeaten in divisional play and earn the precious tiebreaker over Fayetteville State after completing a regular season sweep.
Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (sr., Greensboro, NC) led the Lady Broncos with 16 kills while Samantha Meeks (Sr., Lauirnburg, NC) added 11. Jessica Hardy (Fr., Fayetteville, NC) had 10 kills to go with nine digs while JaMisha Jordan (Fr., Fayetteville, NC) had a game-high 22 digs. Achari Mainor (Sr., Antioch, CA) had a team-high 31 assists.
Fayetteville State's (11-5, 11-4, 6-2 in the division) offensive attack was in full swing for much of the contest, but St. Augustine's was able to match it enough to take the slim victory. As a team, the Lady Falcons collected 72 digs (Fayetteville State had 65), with four players recording 12 or more digs each.
Kathryn Tokarski led St. Aug's (17-7, 8-0 in the division) with 17 kills and 19 digs while Brittany Hicks had nine kills. Roxanne Smith had 39 assists.
Fayetteville State, which has two CIAA games remaining as well as a two-day tournament to play in Mt. Olive, is still not out of the championship picture. The Lady Broncos won the CIAA in 2007 and have played in the championship game in each of the last three seasons. The CIAA Tournament begins on Nov. 4 in Hampton, VA.