-- The Claflin University volleyball team will take to the road for a pair of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Eastern Division matches this week.

First, Claflin, 6-8 in the SIAC and 6-16 overall, will face Fort Valley State University on Thursday (Nov. 2nd). The match will be played at the HPE Arena on the campus of Fort Valley State with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m.

Fort Valley State will enter the division matchup on an eight-game losing streak for a 3-16 overall record and 2-13 in the SIAC. The last win by Fort Valley State was a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 27-29, 25-22) decision over Tuskegee University (Sept. 22) at the SIAC Crossover.

The Lady Panthers currently hold down fourth place in the division, while Fort Valley State is fifth.

Claflin won the first meeting this season between the two teams 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-14) in Orangeburg on (Oct. 23). In that contest, Diara Lewis had 10 kills with three service aces for 13 points in leading the Lady Panthers past Fort Valley State.

After the Fort Valley State encounter, Claflin will visit Albany State University on Friday (Nov. 3rd) for a 6 p.m. match at the HPER Gymnasium.

Albany State, 14-8 overall, sits atop of the division with a 12-3 SIAC record.

Albany State was a 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21) winner in over the Lady Panthers in Orangeburg on (Oct. 12). Albany State broke a 1-1 set tie by winning the last two frames.

Claflin will remain on the road to close out the season at Francis Marion University in a non-conference match (Nov. 7) followed conference foe by Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. on (Nov. 10).

S.C. State men's basketball to

play CCU for hurricane relief fund

CONWAY – South Carolina State fans will get a first glimpse at the men’s basketball team when the Bulldogs battle the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a preseason matchup.

CCU and South Carolina State will meet in an exhibition game slated for Thursday, Nov. 2 at the HTC Center. The opening tip has been set for 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs were picked seventh in the MEAC Preseason Poll and return seven letter winners and welcome six newcomers to the squad this season.

Admission is free, the CCU Department of Athletics will partner with the Nu Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to raise funds for United for Puerto Rico by collecting donations during the event as fans enter the arena.

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha will collect donations during at the event and will be stationed at entrances to the HTC Center. They will also be circulating in the stands once the game begins.

First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello’ started the United for Puerto Rico project and is collaborating with the private sector with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.