Dover, Del. (Sep. 27, 2018) --- The Delaware State volleyball team begins 2018 MEAC North play with a Friday (Sep. 28) match against Maryland-Eastern Shore. The contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. in DSU’s Memorial Hall.
The Hornets (2-15; 0-0 MEAC) have been idle since splitting two matches at the Charm City Showcase in Baltimore last weekend. DSU won its first tournament match 3-0 vs. South Carolina State. It was the Hornets’ first sweep since 2014 vs. Norfolk State. Delaware State closed out the tourney with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of North Carolina Central.
DSU’s Kierra Holtzclaw (so.) and Nia Scott (fr.) were named to the all-tournament team for their performances during the two-day event.
Holtzclaw enters the weekend with the eighth-best hitting percentage among conference players at .227, tallying 90 kills and 42 errors on 211 attacks this season. She’s also tied for the team lead with 24 blocks and second on the club with 90 kills.
Hornet freshman Milexa Cardona is among the league’s top playmakers. Cardona is No. 1 on the team and sixth in the conference in assists at 6.56 per set (374 total). In addition, she’s 10th in the MEAC with a team-high 21 service aces (0.37 per set). Cardona was named to the all-tournament team at the Lafayette Invitational on Sep. 14-15.
Leimaluhia Taula (sr.) leads the Hornets with 196 digs to rank seventh in the MEAC at 3.44 per set.
Mayah Ngundam (so.) is DSU’s leader with 133 kills (2.33 p/s) and shares the team with 24 total blocks. Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-11; 0-0 MEAC) has dropped its last five matches, including losses to Denver and Samford in the most recent outings.
MDES senior Lucia Babic is fourth in the MEAC in kills (3.52 p/s) and fifth in hitting percentage (.237).