North Carolina A&T (15-13, 13-1 MEAC) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (12-18, 7-8 MEAC)
Date: Friday, Nov. 22
Time: 5 p.m.
Facility: Burr Gymnasium
YOUR NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES: North Carolina A&T starts postseason play with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament Championship this weekend in Washington, D.C. Four-time defending MEAC champion Howard University will serve as the host at Burr Gymnasium.
N.C. A&T won the MEAC Southern Division and received the No. 1 seed out of the south. Their opponent is Maryland Eastern Shore who tied for fourth in the north. The Hawks received the No. 4 seed out of the north after winning the tiebreaker over Delaware State.
The two schools met earlier this season in Greensboro and the Aggies came away with a 3-2 (24-26,25-19,20-25,25-20,15-12) win. Sophomore right side hitter Fatimah Shabazz led the Aggies with 17 kills, while junior setter Edie Brewer recorded a triple-double with 12 kills, 26 assists and 13 digs.
Alexis Lee and Tatjana Trifovic each recorded 15 kills for UMES, while Ivana Blazevic recorded 46 assists and Illina Spasova recorded a double-double with 10 kills and a team-high 15 digs against the Aggies.
First-team All-MEAC outside hitter Courteney Pitt leads the Aggies with 3.47 kills per set, which ranks fourth in the conference.
MEAC co-player of the year Edie Brewer ranks seventh in the MEAC in assists (5.71) and eighth in kills (2.73) and hitting percentage (.268). Her versatility has also allowed her to average 2.53 digs and 0.60 blocks.
Laboy-Rivera finished the regular season averaging 4.27 digs per set and ranks fourth in the MEAC. Hall leads the conference at 1.12 blocks per set.
In conference play only, Pitt is averaging 3.20 kills per set, while Brewer is averaging 5.62 assists, 2.64 kills, 2.49 digs and 0.81 blocks per set against conference competition. She is also hitting .275 against conference foes.
Meanwhile, Laboy-Rivera is averaging 4.23 digs per set in the conference and Hall is averaging 1.27 blocks per set.
The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks: Maryland Eastern Shore has won four of their last six matches but fell to Coppin State 3-0 the last time out. The Hawks are led by Alexis Lee with 2.82 kills per set. Ivana Blazevic, who was named second-team All-MEAC, is averaging 7.93 assists per set. Stella Johnson leads the Hawks defensively at 3.81 digs per set.
MEAC Postseason Awards: Brewer was named the MEAC co-player of the year and head coach Hal Clifton was named MEAC coach of the year. Brewer became the first Aggie to receive the award since 1998 and Clifton is the first Aggie coach to receive the award since 2005.
Joining Brewer on the MEAC first-team was Pitt. This is the first time the Aggies have had at least two players on the first team since 2002.
Season Watch: Pitt has recorded 350 kills this season and needs eight kills to have the 10th-best single-season in school history. Laboy-Rivera’s 431 digs moved her into sixth place for a season as she passed herself from last season. She needs 14 digs to move into the top-five.
Career Watch: Pitt has recorded 941 career kills and ranks fourth in school history. She needs five kills to move into third place past Darlene Mitchell (2003-06) who accumulated 945.
Brewer has 1,822 career assists and needs 178 assists to become the fourth player to record at least 2,000 assists in school history. Brewer also has recorded 104 career service aces and needs seven more to move into sixth place which is held by Judith Ball (2001-03) who recorded 110.
Brewer is ninth in school history in block assists with 133.
Laboy-Rivera has 849 career digs to rank her sixth place in school history. She needs 35 more digs to move into the top-5 all-time.