North Carolina A&T (16-14) vs. Troy (22-9)
Date: Friday, Dec. 6
Time: 4 p.m.
Facility: O’Keefe Gymnasium
YOUR NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES: North Carolina A&T plays in its first postseason match in school history against Troy Friday afternoon in Atlanta in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
The winner of the Aggies and Troy faces the winner of host Georgia Tech and Alabama A&M Saturday at 7 p.m., in the second round. Tech and AAMU square off Friday at 7 p.m.
First-team All-MEAC outside hitter Courteney Pitt still ranks fourth in the MEAC in kills per set (3.41) and she averages 1.51 digs. MEAC co-player of the year and first-team setter Edie Brewer ranks seventh in the MEAC in assists per set (5.74) and eighth in kills (2.79) and hitting percentage (.268). She is also averaging 2.51 digs and 0.64 blocks per set. She also leads the MEAC with eight triple-doubles.
Sophomore libero Andrea Laboy-is third in the league in digs per set (4.27) while sophomore middle blocker Shaylynn Hall leads the conference in blocks per set (1.10).
In conference play only, Pitt is averaging 3.20 kills while Brewer is averaging 5.62 assists, 2.64 kills, 2.49 digs and 0.81 blocks while hitting. 275. Laboy-Rivera is averaging 4.23 digs in conference play and Hall is averaging 1.27 blocks.
THE TROY TROJANS: Troy finished the season as the third-best team in the east division of the Sun Belt Conference with a 10-6 conference record. The only common opponent for both teams is Florida A&M. Troy defeated the Rattlers 3-0 on Sept. 21, while the Aggies won both matchups against FAMU. Just like the Aggies, Troy also enters the NIVC with its first-ever postseason bid in school history. The Trojans are led by Sun Belt first-team member Cheyenne Hayes who averages 3.77 kills and 2.44 digs. Sun Belt first-team member Amara Anderson averages 11.41 assists and 2.33 digs while Lacey Jeffcoat is averaging 4.01 digs.
MEAC All-Tournament Team: The accolades continue for Brewer as she was named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team. She was also the MEAC co-player of the year and received five MEAC weekly awards this season.
Winning Ways: This is the third consecutive season that the Aggies have finished at or above .500. N.C. A&T posted a 14-14 (.500) record in 2017, a 14-12 (.538) record in 2018 and have a .533 (16-14) record this season. This is the first time that the Aggies have had three consecutive seasons of at least a .500 or better winning percentage since 2000-03.
MEAC coach of the year Hal Clifton has posted a 44-40 (.524) mark over the past three seasons with a MEAC Southern Division title this season and an appearance in the MEAC championship match last season. When he came to N.C. A&T in 2011, the program only had five players.
Season Watch: With 25 kills at the MEAC tournament, Pitt moved into eighth place in school history with 375 this season. She needs five more to move into seventh place and 11 more to move into sixth place for a single season.
With five block assists during the MEAC tournament, Hall moved into the top-10 with 77 block assists this season to tie Aundia Gray (2006) and Avignon Williams for 10th in a single-season.
Laboy-Rivera surpassed her 418 digs in her freshman season, which ranks seventh in school history in a single season with 470 digs this season to rank fourth.
Career Watch: Pitt is third all-time with 966 kills leaving her 34 kills shy of becoming the third player in school history with 1,000 career kills.
Brewer ranks in the top-10 in school history in kills, assists, digs, service aces and block assists. She is fourth all-time in assists with 1,877.
Brewer ranks seventh with 108 career service aces and needs three service aces to move into sixth place. She is eighth all-time in block assists with 143.
Laboy-Rivera recorded 39 digs at the MEAC tournament to give her 888 career digs to move her into fifth place in school history. She needs 50 digs to move into fourth place past Brooke Stamnes (2012-15) who recorded 937.