BOWIE STATE ATHLETICS: The Bowie State women’s volleyball team fell in four sets to the visiting Virginia State Trojans 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 13-25 and 11-25) Monday night in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action and its season finale. Graduate senior Jailyn Ivey (Bowie, MD) recorded a match-high 12 kills while junior Lindsey Grossman (Albany, OR) tabbed double digits with 10 kills and 18 assists.
Senior Rachel Sefton (Woodbine, MD) finished with 12 assists while sophomore Dayanna Robb (Glen Dale, MD) contributed 11 assists as the Bulldogs combined for hitting percentage of .098 compared the Trojans’ .250 performance.
Prior to the first serve, Bowie State recognized four seniors including Ivey, graduate senior Kendal Hoges (West Orange, NJ), senior Noel Snow (Mount Airy, MD) and Sefton. Ivey was also honored with a 1,000th career ball after eclipsing her 1,000th career kill back on Oct. 9 against Livingstone.
The opening set was evenly matched between the two teams – the Trojans took an 18-15 lead after scoring four unanswered points that forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout. From there, the Bulldogs played catch up as VSU was able to secure the win on a kill from Alexis McNair for the 25-21 set win.
Bowie State came out blazing in the second set, taking a 4-0 lead. VSU closed the gap to one (8-7) after a service ace but the Bulldogs posted three-straight before the Trojans called a timeout to stop the run for BSU. Bowie State would maintain the lead for the rest of the way despite mini runs from the Trojans, the Bulldogs would close out the set on a 6-2 run and take set two, 25-20.
Tied at 1-1, Virginia State went ahead 14-6 and never looked back as its lead grew to double digits in route to the 25-13 set win and 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs displayed a better effort in the fourth set but it would not be enough as the Trojans orchestrated a 10-1 run down the stretch for the 25-11 win and 3-1 stand over Bowie State.
The Bulldogs conclude the regular season 10-12 overall and 6-10 in league play while Virginia State improves to 15-15 on the year and 9-7 in the league.
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