ALBANY, Ga. (November 7, 2011) – After securing the SIAC Western Division with a conference record of 15-1, Kentucky State embarked on a difficult journey as they defend their SIAC Championship at the conference tournament held at Albany State University. The Thorobrettes faced Fort Valley in their first match of the tournament.
Following a Fort Valley service error, Jordan Foyer served 6 consecutive times and forced the Lady Wildcats to take a timeout (7-0). After the timeout the Lady Wildcats had a 4 point run, which ended with a kill from Ayanna Parker (8-4). The Thorobrettes went on a 4 point rally, and were able to get a side out on the Lady Wildcats’ serve (13-6). In the rest of the set FVSU scored 4 points on side outs, and the set ended with Foyer serving 3 points for a KSU win with a final score of 25-10.
Setter, Brittany Stewart began the second set by serving back-to-back aces. Then the Brettes had a minor defensive struggle as the Lady Wildcats remained in the game. Fort Valley’s Andrea Stephenson served three consecutive aces keeping them within arm’s length of the Thorobrettes (10-8). Their rally was ended by a kill from Parker. KSU slowly crept away with the lead until they went on a four point rally lead with Foyer as the server, which extended their lead (21-13). After the Lady Wildcats were unable to score on their serve, KSU ended the set by scoring the final 3 points.
The third game was more of a struggle between the two teams, but the Thorobrettes never gave up their lead. After being tied at 3, Audrey Sherles got a kill to secure the lead. Foyer had 2 two kills in the third set including an ace to end the match (25-18).
The Thorobrettes were led by Ayanna Parker, who finished with 13 kills and a .857 hitting percentage. Brittany Stewart totaled 26 assists while Markeshia Williams led the way defensively with 20 digs.
After their first match the Brettes made it clear they are here to defend their title with their best foot forward. They will move on to play Benedict College tomorrow at 4 p.m.
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