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Claflin defeats Bowie State 3-1 

The Claflin University volleyball team defeated Bowie State University, 3-1 (25-12, 15-25, 25-12, 25-20), on Saturday in its opening match of the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Roundup held at Claflin in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health & Wellness Center’s Tullis Arena and Auxiliary Gym. The victory snapped a two-game conference slide for the Lady Panthers.

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The Roundup concludes Sunday with two games at 10:30 a.m. and two at 1 p.m.

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Claflin, improved to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in the CIAA and will host Elizabeth City State University at 1 p.m. in Tullis Arena.

Sunday's matches also include Fayetteville State University vs. Bowie State University (10:30 a.m.-Tullis Arena), Livingstone College vs. Elizabeth State University (10:30 a.m.-Auxiliary Court) and Bowie State University vs Livingstone College (1 p.m.-Auxiliary Gym).

In its match with Bowie, Claflin put down 39 kills against 29 for Bowie with 78 digs compared to 62 for the Bulldogs.

Jala Roberts paced the Lady Panthers once again offensively, finishing with 10 kills. Léah Wellington and Vianca Cólon Gonzalez put up 13 and 11 set assists, respectively, while Sadaiya Edouard finished with five total blocks (3 solo-2 assists) for the Lady Panthers in the win. Defensively, Trinity Fierce picked up 13 digs.

Bowie State was led by Madison Marshall who finished with 11 kills and 14 digs. Neysha Washington led the Bulldogs defensively with a match-high 16 digs.

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After the Roundup, Claflin will hit the road for its next six matches beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 9 when they travel to Salisbury, NC to face Livingstone College in a CIAA southern division match.


Bethune-Bowman 34, Military Magnet 14

Bethune Bowman Mohawks defeated the Military Magnet Eagles 34-14 in a home contest.

The win improves Bethune Bowman's record to 2-4 overall on the season. Offensively, the Mohawks were led by running back Jesus Benjamin. Benjamin accounted for 5 touchdowns and 448 total yards of offense; 376 coming on 20 carries and 72 on a kickoff return. He scored on rushes covering 93, 85, 68 and 34 yards. Benjamin ran the game's opening kickoff 72 yards for a score. Quarterback Matthew McClary added two 2-point conversions.

Defensively, the Mohawks were led in tackles by Carlos Ramos;13 total tackles, 1 fumble recovery, Javier Guinyard; 9 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack, TreShawn Berry; 10 total tackles and Ashon Green; 1 pass interception, 7 total tackles,  1 sack, 2 tackles for loss.

The Mohawks' next contest will be against Region 5A foe Scott's Branch in Summerton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The contest will mark the Mohawks' first game in defense of their Region 5A title.

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