BALTIMORE – Miajavon Coleman and Paola Caten notched double-doubles to lead the Coppin State volleyball team to a pivotal, 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21) victory over N.C. Central on Sunday afternoon at Ron ‘Fang’ Mitchell Court inside PEC Arena. With the victory, Coppin improves to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in the MEAC while N.C. Central falls to 6-12 on the year with a 5-4 mark in league play.
A senior from San Antonio, Texas, Coleman notched a match-high 19 kills to go with 15 digs while adding an ace and three blocks. Caten recorded 13 kills with just one error on 31 swings to hit .387 and was credited with 13 digs and a pair of aces.
Chudear Tut also had herself a day, recording nine kills on a .500 hitting percentage while tallying a team-high six blocks. Also, on the offensive end, Ahzhi Coleman recorded six kills, followed by Kareemah Hopkins and Hope Casel with four apiece.
Andrea Tsvetanova and Hopkins split time at setter and combined for 47 assists with Tsvetanova recording 24, just one more than Hopkins. The duo led CSU to a .213 hitting percentage compared to just .193 for Central.
Elsewhere on the defensive end, Ashley Roman recorded a match-high 18 digs while Aislynn Weaver added seven more. On the block, Ahzhi Coleman recorded four blocks while Casel and Jordan Celestine added two more.
With the opening set tied at 15-15, Coppin went on a 6-1 run with two kills and a block from Tut before Hopkins finished off the stretch with a kill. N.C Central did not go away as it answered with a fellow 6-1 run to tie the score at 22-22. After trading points, CSU finished off the set with a kill by Miajavon Coleman, followed by a block by the duo of Celestine and Tut.
CSU led 21-17 in the second set but failed to capitalize as the visitors scored five of the next six points to take a 24-23 advantage. Caten tied it up with a kill, but Central got a kill and a CSU error allowed Central to tie the match at a set apiece despite a .324 hitting percentage by the hosts.
Central retook a 22-21 lead in the third set after several ties and lead changes, but Coppin scored the final four points of the set to win, 25-21. Tut had a pair of kills in the closing points to follow a Hopkins kill before Coppin forced a Central error.
The Navy & Gold had control of the fourth and final set early on and extended its advantage to 21-14 with a 5-0 run. Once again, Central did not go away and pulled to within 23-21, but Miajavon Coleman stopped the rally with a kill and Central recorded an error as Coppin took the match.
Coppin returns to the hardwood on Friday, October 29 at 6 pm when it hosts Norfolk State for Halloween Costume Night.
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