FSU Broncos Falter in 3-2 Loss to Virginia State in the CIAA Volleyball Tournament

Nov. 17, 2017

Petersburg, VA - Fayetteville State faltered twice in the fifth and final set of its CIAA Volleyball Tournament matchup against Virginia State to end it's 2017 championship run. The Trojans won the match 3-2 with set scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 20-25, and 15-13.

Senior Jayde Jacobs (Fayetteville, NC) led the Broncos with ten (10) kills. All-CIAA Utility player Arlicia Ortiz (Senior - Spanaway, WA) tied a match-high 20 digs. Nakia McKinnie (Niceville, FL) finished with 17 assists.

The Broncos racked up more errors than it did kills. FSU had a complete total of 50 errors in the match, which nullified its 41 kills. Thirty-two errors were made off attacks. FSU committed four service errors and had ten service-reception errors. The Broncos had four ball-handling errors.

"In the end, it came down to what we did and what we didn't do," said FSU Head Coach Reeshemah Johnson. "We had way too many errors and there is no way that you can win a game making that many errors. For instance, we hit .061."



Fayetteville State played a close first set despite a 0-4 slow start. The Trojans opened the set with a kill and three service aces. FSU rallied back to tie the set at five behind two blocks and VSU attack errors. The Broncos pushed ahead to a 9-6 lead but watched the tables turn in favor of VSU after yielding a 7-0 run. FSU remaining in close contention, trailing by two-points at times, until the Trojans secured the 25-21 set victory.

FSU matched Virginia State's play in the second set which led to the eighth tied score of the set (22-22). VSU gave the Broncos a one-point advantage with an attack error (23-22). Jacobs served up an ace for a two-point lead, but a blocked attack would narrow the advantage back down to one, 24-23. After a few volleys, McKinnie setup Bojo Jada (Jamestown, NC) for a kill and a set 25-23 set victory.

Virginia State took a commanding lead in the third set and cruised to a 25-13 win.

After a tied 7-7 score in the fourth set, Fayetteville State controlled the momentum and sent the match into the sudden death fifth set with a 25-20 win.

The fifth was just what everyone expected, a high-intensity brawl to the finish. FSU jumped out early and led 8-5 before switching sides. After the switch, the Trojans rallied to tie the set at nine (9-9). The Broncos managed a one-point lead (10-9) but committed three errors to fall behind 13-10. After a much-needed timeout, FSU was back in the game with a knotted 13-13 score and a forced VSU timeout.

The hearts of Bronco fans and the volleyball squad dropped after FSU put a serve attempt into the net and attacked into a blocking situation that landed on the Broncos side of the court in favor of the VSU Trojans. The 15-13 score and the 3-2 loss will remain the minds of nine (9) returning student-athletes.

Fayetteville State wraps up the season with an overall record of 21-10. The team will graduate three seniors in Ortiz, Jacobs, and Raven Ousley-Brown (St. Paul, MN).

"The team is still young," said Coach Johnson. "I think the pressure was a lot to bear playing Virginia State in their gym for a spot in the semi-final game."

Virginia State (11-14 overall) will advance to the semi-final round to face the defending champs, Shaw.


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