Thursday, October 14, 2010
Rust shocks Alcorn
The Rust College volleyball team hosted Alcorn State University on Thursday night at The Den and defeated Alcorn 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23).
After dropping the second set, Rust battled back to win the third game easily. In the final set, the Lady Braves led by as much as five points late in the contest but could not hang on as Rust went on to beat Alcorn for the first time in school history.
Latifah Brager led Rust on the night, finishing with 12 kills, two aces, and six digs. Kyerra Woods and Angel Wallace also had 10 kills and Latia Gray added eight kills and three blocks. Clarrisa Bradley assisted on 23 of 37. Also on defense, Courtney Dixon had 26 digs, Tequilla Stanton added 13, and Lesasha Hudson added on six solo blocks.
Rust held a 20-8 lead in set one, but Alcorn fought back to close the lead 22-14. The Lady Bearcats went on to take the first set 25-14.
Alcorn broke an 11-11 tie in set two with four of the next five points. An ace by Dixon brought the Lady Bearcats within two at 19-17, but the Majors answered with the next two points. A bad set by Rust ended game two as Alcorn went on to tie 1-1 with a 25-20 victory.
For the third game, Brager tied the score at 11 with a kill, then the Lady Bearcats grabbed the lead at 16-15 on an ace by Dixon. Rust went up 20-17 on an ace by Gray, and then back-to-back kills from Woods and Wallace put the Lady Bearcats 23-18. Brager would end the set at 25-18 with Loyola’s 10th kill of the game.
The Blue and White came out strong in the final set as consecutive plays put the score at 6-2. Alcorn evened the score at 12 before Rust batted down the next two Braves’ attacks to go up 14-12. With the Lady Bearcats up 23-21, they went on to claim the match.
“It was a big accomplishment for the ladies to upset D-I SWAC team Alcorn, this is history. The energy level was so high tonight. They did an outstanding job. I enjoy coaching this group of ladies”, Coach Reeves said.
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