Durham, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2019) --- North Carolina Central won the last two sets for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Delaware State in a MEAC contest this evening.
The Hornets dropped their second straight match to fall to 8-14 overall and 3-4 in the MEAC. The Eagles won for the first time in five matches to improve to 4-18 and 3-4.
North Carolina Central won the first set 25-15. DSU evened the match with 26-24 victory in set two. The Hornets opened up a 2-1 lead with a 25-21 win in the third set, but the Eagles took set four 25-20 to stay alive in the match.
NCCU posted a 15-12 victory in the decisive fifth set.
Arlanda Faulkner led NC Central with 13 kills to tie for match-high honors, while Estfania Louis added 10. Yomaries Villegas led all players with 23 digs, while Alyssa Pieh had six of NCCU’s 17 service aces in the contest.
Mayah Ngundam (sr.) led Delaware State with 13 kills to match her season high. Jordan Vang (fr.) and Sydney Armbrister added 10 kills each for the Hornets.
DSU’s Freja Gortz (fr.) had a career-high 43 assists to lead all players, while Jasmal Cruz (fr.) led DSU with 19 digs.
In the fifth set, Delaware State started quickly, opening up a 4-1 lead. The Hornets led 9-6 before the Eagles started their comeback. NCCU scored eight of the next nine points, and pulled ahead 14-10 on a kill by Jasmine Sanders. The Hornets pulled to within 14-12, but the Eagles won the set and match on a kill by Ammaarah Williams.
Delaware State posted a better hitting percentage in the match, .194 to .167. The Hornets had 50 kills and just 19 errors on 160 attacks, while the Eagles tallied 55 kills and 29 errors on 156 attempts.
NCCU collected 78 digs to 65 for Delaware State.
The Hornets will wrap up a string of five straight road matches with a visit to North Carolina A&T on Sunday (Oct. 20). The match begins at 1:00 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.
DSU returns home next Friday (Oct. 25) to face Bethune-Cookman (6:00 p.m.).