The Howard University Lady Bison volley ball team won its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season, advancing to a 2-17 overall record (1-2 MEAC) after defeating fourth-place Norfolk State (5-10 overall, 1-2 MEAC) in five sets on Oct. 9.

“This was a great win for us,” said head coach Dawn Barnes. “It was a group effort and well deserved. Norfolk State did a great job offensively and defensively and did not make this easy at all. You had two teams that really played hard.”

The Lady Spartans put up a tough crowd and technique, but the Lady Bison put up some solid points that gained momentum. Assistant Coach Russ held down the strategy for the Lady Bison.

“We watched film and studied these girls, technically we were ready,” Russ said, “all we had to do was go out there and shut them down.”

The Lady Bison highlighted on the Lady Spartans’ weaknesses and it showed in the match taking set one 26-21, set four 26-24 and set five 15-12 to win the match.

Freshman Stephanie Shultis had a major solo block to win the fourth set making it harder for the Lady Spartans to capture the Lady Bison.

The Lady Spartans showed signs of aggression as they tried to make a comeback, but HU held on strong to their lead, finishing the match with a win. Lady Spartan fans left empty handed as the Lady Bison cheered and showed school spirit.

Outside hitter Tosin Elebute finished with a game high of 25 kills and 16 digs charting a double-double. Freshman, middle blocker Assata Conway put down seven balls for the Lady Bison. Heather Long had a game high of five kills hitting a perfect game. Both setters, Jasmine King and Stephanie Shultis had 21 assists a piece. Riana Cain picked up 20 balls.

Defensively, both teams had 66 digs, but the Spartans out blocked the Lady Bison 13 to 9. On the other hand, the Lady Bison finished with better hitting percentages after each set than the Spartans. “I knew were all waiting to block me, but I wasn’t having it,” says Elebute, “I was going to play my game for my team because I realize I play a major role.”

For NSU, Charlotte Armstead put down 17 balls. Adriana Ramos had 11 kills and 14 digs finishing with a double-double. Beatriz Ferreira had 12 kills followed by Jasmine Frazier with ten kills. Setter Kristen Burt finished with 44 assists.

The Lady Bison will look to carry the momentum as they head to face Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. on Oct. 14.


Jasmine King

Special to the AFRO