Arabella Hall led Southern University with 13 kills but the Jaguars were unable to close out Grambling and fell 3-2 Saturday in the final game of the regular season.
With the loss, Southern falls to sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference standings and will face Texas Southern in the quartefinals of the 2017 volleyball tournament hosted by Jackson State at 4 p.m. Southern and Texas Southern split their regular season meetings with each team defending home court with 3-1 wins.
Hall, the leagues preseason defensive player of the year, added 3 blocks as the Jaguars recorded 13 total blocks. Setter Vaterra Calais dished out 23 assist and Bailey Jefferson led the team with 20 digs.
Senior Mariah Clayton posted 12 digs and a service ace in her final match in Clifford Seymour Gym.
In a match rescheduled due to postponement from Tropical Storm Nate in October, Southern and Grambling traded momentum fitting of this instate rivalry most known for its football game played Thanksgiving weekend.
After dropping Set 1 27-25, Southern responded with a dominant 25-12 win in Set 2 and edge the Lady Tigers 25-22 in Set 3. In Set 4, Southern led 10-5 before Grambling went on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 10. The Jaguars led 21-19 when the Lady Tigers closed the match outscoring Southern 8-4 to steal Set 4.
In the decisive set, Grambling's Kevreion Ward had four kills and Chasity Nicks added three kills to secure a 15-11 win and the match.