It didn’t take long for Howard’s volleyball team to fall back into its dreadful losing slump this season. After ending a two-game losing skid just last week, the Lady Bison found themselves in yet another losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Hampton Lady Pirates on Oct. 17.

It was Howard’s second straight loss after falling to Morgan State earlier in the week. The Lady Bison now carry a dismal 4-16 overall record, 1-2 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents.

Despite losing, Howard has played decently throughout their most recent performances. They battled back from being behind two sets and forced an extra fifth set Saturday against Hampton. Although they fell short in pulling off the come-from-behind win, it was still an impressive night, offensively, for Howard.

Tosin Elebute led Howard with a game-high 13 kills, along with 14 digs. Her teammates Keri Partridge, Gazelle d’Artois and Taylor Johnson each recorded nine digs, while Jasmine King finished with 35 assists in the game. They performed just as well defensively, recording 16 total blocks, five made by Johnson and four blocked by Partridge.

“We are unbelievable with our blocking,” Howard head coach Dawn Barnes said. “It’s the best we’ve ever done at blocking.”
Coach Barnes says she’s not discouraged by the most recent losses. She believes the team is playing hard and will continue to work hard to improve.

“Today was a great game,” Barnes said Saturday. “We should’ve played the first two sets like the second two. This just leads us for what we need to work on for the next weekend.”

Howard will return to action on Oct. 22 when the team travels to Maryland-Eastern Shore to face the Lady Hawks in more MEAC competition.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor