Nov. 6, 2013
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Fayetteville State University volleyball team rolled to its fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday night, sweeping Johnson C. Smith 25-11, 27-25, 25-15 to go undefeated at home in CIAA play.
"I like the fact that they played loose, they had fun," Coach Reeshemah Johnson said. "That's when we're best as a team."
Johnson, battling a case of pink eye, was delegated to watching the action from the stands while assistants Jeanette Downer and Keisha Edwards handled the majority of the coaching duties. Johnson hopes to be 100 percent when the Lady Broncos start CIAA Tournament play on Sunday against Elizabeth City State.
The win was a reversal from earlier this season, when J.C. Smith topped FSU in five sets on October 16.
"I really really wanted to beat them," said senior right side hitter Joylene Thompson, who missed the previous meeting with an ankle injury. "To play them on Senior Night, it was just momentous. It was great."
The Lady Broncos (15-7 overall, 12-4 CIAA, 8-2 South Division) won Set One with ease, then struggled to keep up in a back-and-forth battle the next game. Down 24-21, though, FSU rallied, seized momentum and stole the set.
"Our main word this year is `Pride,'" sophomore outside hitter Shavon Shaw said. "We all play for pride."
That win led into a Senior Night ceremony honoring the senior members of the volleyball, cross country and cheerleading squads.
After the break, FSU had another relatively easy set. The Lady Broncos jumped out to a 17-9 lead and were never really threatened again from that point forward.
FSU has now swept three of its last five matches. The Lady Broncos could see the Golden Bulls again. The teams are matched up in the same pool for the CIAA Tournament.
Shaw and junior right side hitter Taylor Norris led the way offensively with nine kills apiece. Thompson had seven, while Samira Luis and DaQuondra Cuthbertson each had six. Luis also had five aces.
Senior setter Paige Horne had a match-high 25 assists.