Kentucky State defeats Benedict College to advance in the SIAC Tournament (www.ksuthorobreds.com)
Kentucky State defeats Benedict College to advance in the SIAC Tournament (www.ksuthorobreds.com)

ALBANY, GA (November 8, 2011) – After a victory on the first day of the SIAC conference tournament in Albany, GA, the Kentucky State University Thorobrettes followed their winning performance with a 3-1 win over Benedict College.

Benedict served first and put the first point on the board in the match, but the Brettes got the sideout on BC’s next serve. On the Brettes’ first opportunity to serve, Ayanna Parker got the kill to put them in the lead 2-1 for the set. For the next two serves, the points went back and forth between the teams. On Parker’s first chance to serve, she served her first ace of the match.

Neither team could get ahead more than two points until Audrey Sherles served three consecutive points to put the Brettes in the lead 8-6. With a net violation on the Brettes, Benedict was able to rally up enough points to tie the set and then took a 15-14 lead.

Parker served four consecutive times and Emily Grieshaber and Sherles were able to grab kills. Grieshaber finished off the set with six consecutive successful serves giving KSU a second set win with a final score of 25-16.

In the second set, KSU served first, but Benedict got on the scoreboard first. The Brettes tied the score directly after. On Jordan Foyer’s service, Grieshaber and Parker got kill, but the Brettes were called for a double hit, giving BC the point and sideout. On Benedict’s next serve, Parker got her fifth kill of the match up and gave the Brettes the point and sideout.

The Brettes were able to rally up four more points before Benedict scored again. KSU kept a four point lead on Benedict until Benedict struck back late in the set. The Lady Tigers tied the game at 21 points all and with three consecutive serves, took a 24-22 lead over KSU. Benedict won the second match 22-25 after another net violation on the Brettes.

The third set began as a back and forth game between the Thorobrettes and Lady Tigers. The Brettes took the lead of 9-8 with an ace and a tip from senior, Brittany Stewart. During this set, Sherles and Grieshaber was a powerhouse blocking team with two assisted blocks. The Brettes took a five point lead over Benedict and Sherles served six consecutive times to put the Brettes in the lead 23-14. Benedict rallied back getting six points but their final serve was an error and the Brettes won the set 25-20.

For six serves, the fourth set was a back and forth game. Parker then served seven consecutive times to put the Brettes in the lead 11-4. Sherles got two kills to keep the Brettes in the lead 15-5. The powerhouse blocking team of Sherles and Grieshaber were back in full effect in the set. Jones, Parker and Grieshaber’s kills in the fourth secured the team’s victory. The Brettes ended the set 25-15.

The Thorobrettes displayed why they are the defending SIAC champions here in Albany. The Thorobrettes move on to play the Albany State Golden Rams tonight at 8 p.m.

Charmar Green
Office of Sports Information
Kentucky State University
ksu.sid2@gmail.com