ALABAMA- Southern University Volleyball falls to Florida A&M and Troy in weekend tournament.
The Jaguars faced off with MEAC opponent in their second match of the Troy Trojan Classic. The Jaguars fell 3-1. Southern lost an extremely close first set to the Rattlers, 27-25. The jaguars battled back and forth with the game only coming within a 3-point deficit at the beginning. FMAU took the first set 27-25.
The Jaguars were able to stay alive and take set two from the Rattlers. The Jaguars opened the set with a kill and assist from Holaimoana Johnson and Princess Stark. FAMU took the next 4 points before Southern responded with a block kill form Holaimoana Johnson and Brianna Hawkins. The score became 4-5, Southern ahead, after 4 errors by FAMU. Jada Carter, Arabella Hall, and Princess Stark completed kills to put the game within one, 10-9. Both teams again went back and forth keeping tying the score and keeping it within two points. A kill and assist by Arabella Hall and Princess Stark tied the game at 22. Another kill by Shelby Jolly, a FAMU error, and a kill by Princess Stark sealed the set for the Jaguars.
FAMU opened up set three with a kill, but it wasn’t long before the Jaguars answered with a kill and an ace to come up with a lead. A kill by Brianna Hawkins tied the game at three. Southern came from behind returning 9 points and taking the lead, 21-18. FAMU fought back to tie the game at 23 and then take the lead from the Jaguars. The Rattlers were forced to give the Jaguars the ball back after suffering from another error. Southern was able to tie the score again at 24. FAMU went up and Southern came back to tie it up at 25 from a Shelby Jolly kill. FAMU went up again and Shelby Jolly recorded another kill to tie the score at 26. Southern went up, 27-26, on a FAMU error. FAMU tied it at 27, taking the next two points to win the set.
The Jaguars went on a 6-point scoring run before the Rattlers came back to tie the score at 8. The Rattlers ran with set three beating the Jaguars 25-16 in their second match of the tournament.
The Jaguars went head-to-head with the host team, Troy Trojan, in their final match of the tournament. The Trojans took set one, 25-17. Shelby Jolly, Jada Carter, and Brianna Hawkins combined for a total of 4 kills. Princess Stark, Xaria Taylor, and Shelby Jolly teamed up for 3 blocks. Sameera Mohammed and Princess Stark completed 4 assists.
The game leaders for Southern were Brianna Hawkins with 6 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks and one ace. Shelby Jolly and Jada Carter each had 6 kills and Carter also had 2 assists. Arabella Hall had 4 blocks and one ace. Princess Stark finished the match with 2 blocks, 7 digs, and 17 assists.
Senior Setter, Princess Stark was named to the Trojan Classic All-Tournament Team. Stark completed the weekend with 87 assists, 33 digs, 9 kills, and 2 double-doubles.
The Jaguars hit the road for the SWAC West Roundup at Prairie View A&M University.
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