Claflin goes 1-2 in CIAA Round-Up
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Claflin University volleyball team went 1-2 in the second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Round-Up held Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20.
After the three matches, Claflin's record goes to 5-11 overall and 4-7 in the CIAA
In its opening match on Saturday, Claflin fell to Virginia State 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-19).
For the match, VSU outhit Claflin 50 kills to 27 and recorded nine more digs than the Lady Panthers.
Taylor Drayton led Claflin offensively with nine kills. Jala Roberts put down six while Paris Heathman added three. Erin Preston put up 10 set assists with Trinity Fierce leading the team defensively, picking up seven digs for Claflin in the loss.
VSU was led by Jailyn Ivey with 17 kills. Bria Anderson had 41 set assists while Alexis Baker picked up 10 digs for the Trojans in the win.
The Lady Panthers opened play on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Lincoln University (PA).
Claflin controlled the match from the first serve, holding Lincoln to 43 total kills. The Lady Panthers allowed the Lions just 15 kills in the first set, 13 in the second and 15 in the third en route to sweeping Lincoln (25-15, 25-13, 25-15).
Jala Roberts and Taylor Drayton each recorded double-digit kills for Claflin, putting down 12 and 10, respectively. Drayton also finished the game with seven digs and five service aces for 15 points, while Roberts added an ace and a dig for 13 points to her stat line.
In its final match, Claflin fell to Virginia Union, 3-1.
Claflin won the opening set of the match 25-23 to take the 1-0 set lead. Virginia Union rebounded quickly, scoring the first four points of the second set with Claflin managing to pull within two on multiple occasions before falling in set two 25-22.
The Lady Panthers appeared to have their offense back on track at the start of set three, going up 6-2 to open the set but Virginia Union remained resilient fighting back to even the game at 7-all. The teams exchanged sideouts over the next 16 points. Virginia Union scored the next three points to take an 18-15 advantage and never looked back, set three 25-19, for a 2-1 lead in the match.
Virginia Union remained aggressive to start the fourth set. Virginia Union opened the set with a 7-4 lead and would maintain at least a four-point lead midway through the set owning a 13-9 lead.
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Claflin rattled off three straight points to cut the deficit to one, 13-12, but Virginia Union remained solid, increasing its lead back to four, 20-16, before going on to take the final set by a three-point margin, 25-22.
Drayton continued to play solid for the Lady Panthers, finishing with a match-high 16 kills. Roberts added seven while Léah Wellington put up 16 set assists.
The Lady Panthers had four players to finish the game with double-digit digs. Wellington, Drayton and Briana Reed each picked up 13 while Jada Jones had 11 in the loss.
Claflin returns home for matches against Converse College (Oct. 22) for Community Day and Livingstone (Oct. 26).
Wofford, Citadel players honored
SPARTANBURG – Wofford quarterback Joe Newman was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Citadel claimed two awards, with linebacker Marquis Blount repeating as Defensive Player of the Week and kicker Jacob Godek earning Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Playing just three quarters in Wofford’s 59-7 win over Western Carolina on Saturday, Terrier quarterback Joe Newman ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 162 yards and two scores, completing seven of his 11 attempts.
Furman 14th in poll
GREENVILLE -- Furman is ranked 14th in this week’s AFCA FCS Coaches Poll.
Coming off a 27-10 loss to The Citadel on Saturday, which snapped an eight-game winning streak against FCS competition, Furman (4-3, 3-1 SoCon) dropped six spots after rising to eighth last week — the program’s highest ranking since 2006.
Reigning national champion North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the poll followed by James Madison, South Dakota State, Kennesaw State, and Weber State, which round out the Top 5.
North Carolina A&T is ranked 18th.
MEAC cross country
NORFOLK, Va. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Delaware State will host the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Smyrna, Del.
The championships will begin with the women’s five-kilometer (5K) race at 11 a.m., with the men’s eight-kilometer (8K) race following at 12 p.m. The top 15 finishers in each race will be named All-MEAC.
On the women’s side, Florida A&M is looking for its unprecedented eighth straight championship.
The North Carolina A&T State men claimed their first MEAC cross country crown since 1983 last season.
Carolina baseball wins
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team defeated Georgia Tech 10-6 in a 12-inning fall scrimmage Oct. 20 at Founders Park. It was Carolina's second scrimmage this fall against outside competition, having lost to N.C. State in the earlier game.
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