The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions shut out the Alcorn State Lady Braves on Tuesday night, winning all three sets 25-14, 25-13 and 25-17 to remain unbeaten inside H.O. Clemmons Arena (3-0). The game did not count toward SWAC standings because the teams play in opposite divisions.
UAPB (5-16) returned to its home court from the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Tournament, where it was winless in three games.
“We played some really high-level competition, so I’m just trying to get them to take something from that tournament to this match and I think we did a good job of coming out early and trying to dominate,” UAPB coach Kyetta May said.
Junior specialist Jordan Foyer, the reigning SWAC Setter of the Week, opened up the first match with two points on a pair of service aces. The Lady Lions took over early and often to lead 18-7. Freshman middle blocker Whitney Harris scored the last two kills to close the set.
The second set started off with both teams grinding, but Harris dominated and her defensive play was instrumental in extending the UAPB lead to 14-6. Alcorn (0-8) began to spark just a little bit of momentum, but the scoring of senior outside hitter Rachel Tims and freshman outside hitter Alexis Smith prevented a rally.
Junior middle blocker Audrey Sherles also chipped in a service to help them close out the set.
May acknowledged the change in the degree of dominating.
“We still need to work on putting teams away and play on our level,” she said.
The third set began tight as well, but this time Alcorn State was able to keep up with the momentum and take advantage of the Lady Lions’ mistakes. The Lady Braves pulled within 18-17, but a pancake during a scoring dig by Parker was critical as the Lady Lions went on to win the set.
“We should have dominated like the first match, but we got kind of comfortable,” Parker said.
The Lady Lions will play again on Oct. 4 against Texas Southern at 6 p.m. at Clemmons Arena.