Oct. 27, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE - In 2008, the Fayetteville State volleyball team lost its last home match, spoiling senior night for two student-athletes.
On Tuesday night, the Broncos' (16-7, 12-1 CIAA) underclassmen were determined to send their seniors out in style.
Thanks to nine kills from Samantha Meeks and eight from freshman Ifeyinwa Nwokolo, FSU did just that.
Senior Chekimbrell Jefferson added nine kills and helped FSU blank Johnson C. Smith 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-12) at Capel Arena.
"We love our seniors so much," Meeks said. "They do so much for us getting the team organized, getting water and our uniforms prepared. It was the least we could for them to win. "
Head coach Reeshemah Johnson's team has won 12 consecutive CIAA matches and 10 straight overall.
FSU's last conference setback was a 3-1 loss to Elizabeth City State on Sept. 12
during the CIAA Roundup.
"The atmosphere was great and the attitude was good tonight," said Johnson.
"Generally when you play teams that might not be as strong as you, you can stall. But they played well and I was very proud of that."
Cailee Huffman and Gewyl Galberth, along with Jefferson, were honored with pictures, flowers and gifts from teammates and parents.
"It was really special tonight," Johnson said. "It meant a lot for them to come out and get a win."
Huffman had a game-high six digs and Galberth added four kills, two assists and a service ace. Junior setter Achari Mainor tallied 31 assists and as a team FSU registered 44 kills.
Only one match remains for the Broncos before the CIAA tournament, a Western Division showdown at Chowan on Thursday. Both teams have just one CIAA loss.
"We're going to in there playing hard," said Johnson. "You always want to go into the tournament playing your best volleyball. If we can get the win, then everyone will know that we are the team to beat."
Added Meeks: "We practice hard and we've been training. We are ready to put our hard work to use."