Lady Colonels volleyball has mixed results on road trip

Colonels Pick up First Victory with Split in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas - The Nicholls State University women’s volleyball team earned its first victory of 2011 in dominating fashion with a straight set victory (25-15, 25-16, 25-9)over Southern University before falling to host University of Texas-El Paso, 3-0 (16-25, 15-25, 23-25), in the final day of the El Paso Sports Commission Volleyball Invitational on Saturday.

Nicholls (1-2) registered 36 kills in the win over Southern (0-3), led by five different players with at least five. Senior Rachel Yezak and junior Kathryn Stock had a match-high eight each while junior Jennifer Brandt tacked on seven. The Colonels finished the match with a .266 hitting percentage, including a .375 clip in the second set.

In the opening game, the Colonels used a 4-0 spurt capped on an ace by Yezak to take a 13-8 lead. Still leading by five at 16-11, Nicholls put the game out of reach with a 6-0 run before Yezak clinched the set with a kill, giving the Colonels a 25-15 victory.

For the final two sets, Nicholls led from the start and never relinquished the lead as they took the match 3-0. The Colonels tallied 13 kills versus only one hitting error in the second set to cruise by the Lady Jaguars, 25-16. In the final set, Nicholls raced out to 10-2 lead and were up as much as 17 as they clinched the match with a 25-9 win in game three.

Against UTEP (3-0), the Miners stifled the Nicholls offense at the net by batting down 12 attacks in the match. Following two decisive losses in the first sets, the Colonels threatened late in the third game, scoring four consecutive points to bring the score 24-23. However, after an attack error by Nicholls, the Miners would avoid extra points to complete the sweep to stay undefeated.

Yezak paced the way for the Colonels with seven kills, junior Jasmine Harris added six and Brandt finished with five and a team-high 14 digs. Stock chipped in with 12 digs while junior Nancy Harris matched her performance against Southern with 16 assists.

Nicholls Falls in Three against New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Junior middle blocker Jessica Addicks tallied nine kills and finished with a .412 hitting percent-age but it wouldn’t be enough as the Nicholls State University women’s volleyball team was defeated 3-0 (18-25, 18-25, 15-25) against New Mexico State University on Sunday evening.

The Colonels (1-3) led early in both the second and third sets, but New Mexico State (2-1) used late runs in the final two games to take the match in straight sets. After winning the opening set 25-18, the Aggies close out game two with a 7-2 run to win 25-18, and in game three, the Colonels pulled within three at 18-15 before NMSU ended the match by scoring the next seven points.

Along with Addicks, Jennifer Brandt added five kills while juniors Jasmine Harris, Sarah Terry and senior Rachel Yezak had four each.

Junior Nicole Lund led the way for the Colonels with 13 assists.

On defense, freshman Jeanne Logarbo registered 13 digs while Harris finished with four blocks (one solo).

Nicholls hit .034 (26-23-89) on the evening, while the Aggies ended with a .283 (39-13-92) mark. Meredith Hays led NMSU with a match-high 16 kills.

Nicholls will have the week of before heading to Lafayette, La., for The Bon Temps Invitational next weekend. The Colonels open up play on Friday against Mississippi Valley State at 4 p.m.

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