October 22, 2012

Dogs Host N.C. A&T in “Dig Pink” Match on Tuesday

Charleston, S.C. – On Tuesday evening The Citadel volleyball team will host its first of three matches this week when the Bulldogs go head-to-head with N.C. A&T at McAlister Field House.

The fifth all-time meeting between The Citadel and N.C. A&T will also serve as the Dogs annual "Dig Pink" match. The Bulldogs participate in the nationwide program, sponsored by Sideout, which has set a goal to raise $1.5 million for breast cancer research this year.

DIG PINK MATCH: As part of the "Dig Pink" contest, fans in attendance will receive silly bands on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bulldog fans will also have the opportunity to purchase $10 pink Citadel Volleyball t-shirts. At intermission of the contest, there will be a serve contest with a chance to win prizes.

Over the course of the last four seasons Bulldogs volleyball has contributed over $2,300 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

BULLDOGS RETURN FROM TAR HEEL STATE: In the second match of a weekend set against Western Carolina and Appalachian State, Citadel outside hitter Ise d'Angelo had her sixth double-digit kill performance of the season when she tallied 14 against the Mountaineers on Saturday evening, but it ASU that earned the 25-13, 25-14, 17-25, 25-19 victory over the Bulldogs.

The Citadel posted 46 kills as a team, highlighted by d'Angelo's second double-figure kill effort of the Southern Conference slate. She was joined by teammates Rachael Farrell, Jessica Maxwell and Bailey Kernodle, who finished with seven kills apiece. Libero Erin Bucherl topped the Bulldogs lineup with 17 digs, while Farrell added 14. Maxwell also made her presence known defensively with four assisted blocks. The Citadel moves to 4-22 overall and 0-10 in SoCon play following the match.

Appalachian State earned its second Southern Conference victory of the season behind a pair of 14-kill efforts by Lindsey Sauls and Jacqui Spurgeon. The Mountaineers (6-18, 2-8 SoCon) converted 56 kills in 144 attempts to finish with a .271 hitting percentage. Defensively, ASU was anchored by the tandem of Courtney Rhein (24 digs) and Sauls (18 digs), who completed the double-double, while teammate Jessica Eley finished with five assisted blocks.

N.C. A&T (1-25 Overall)
Match Date:
  Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.

The North Carolina A&T volleyball team came within three points of winning their second straight match on Wednesday night at Moore Gymnasium.  But the Norfolk State Spartans fought back and claimed the come-from-behind victory in five sets (25-16, 29-31, 25-15, 22-25, 15-13) in a tough back-and-forth match. 

The contest was tied 53 times and the lead changed hands 27 times.

Freshman Te'Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth totaled a season-best 15 kills for the Aggies from the left side, while freshman Brooke Stamnes posted her fifth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 17 digs.  Freshman Ashley Johnson tallied 25 digs.

The Aggies had trouble hanging on to their lead in the final set.  Andrea Evans gave A&T a 9-6 lead as she towered over the net to slam down a Chelsea Fox set. N.C. A&T held the lead at 12-11 moments later when Charlotte Armstead served up an attack error. The Spartans regained the lead by going on a 3-0 run. Ashley Johnson stopped the run with a service ace to move the Aggies to within one, 14-13, but Jessica Johnson ended the match when she drove a kill past the N.C. A&T defense.

For more information on Bulldog volleyball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.citadelsports.com.

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