HAMPTON, Va. – The Norfolk State volleyball team broke a four-match losing streak and got a measure of revenge with a 3-0 victory over Hampton on Sunday afternoon at HU’s Holland Hall.
The Spartans avenged an early loss to the Pirates several week ago at NSU by winning 25-18, 25-23 and 25-22 on Hampton’s home court. Norfolk State hit .221 to improve to 3-20 overall and 2-8 in MEAC play. The loss dropped Hampton to 3-8 in league play and 3-21 overall.
Sophomore Clarke Tyler led the way for the Spartans with a team-high 11 kills on a .474 attack percentage with four service aces and two blocks. Senior setter Darcy Moore also had four service aces to give the Spartans a 10-3 edge over the Pirates for the match.
NSU was all over Hampton to start the match, with Tyler hitting three kills to build an early 9-4 lead. Hampton later called timeout after Darcus’ service ace ended an 8-2 run that extended NSU’s lead to 18-9. The Pirates scored four straight and eventually got to within five before Tyler ended the set with her fourth kill.
It was Hampton, though, that took the lead in the second set, winning six of the first seven points. The Pirates led by six, 9-3, and even after NSU chipped away Hampton still was up 17-12 thanks to an error on the Spartans. Darcus then had two kills and Tyler added two service aces as NSU won five straight to tie it up.
Moore’s service ace gave NSU its first lead of the set, and Parker and Tyler had back-to-back kills for a 23-21 advantage. Hampton called timeout and received two straight kills from Tatyana Thomas, but senior Janay Frazier followed up one of her six kills in the match with a service ace to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans called timeout down 6-2 in the third set, but again Tyler sparked another NSU rally. She hit back-to-back service aces to start an 11-2 run that ended with NSU up 15-10. Led by Reeana Richardson, Hampton came back to tie it up at 17-all, which forced NSU to call time.
Norfolk State then won six straight, including four points from Hampton errors, for a 23-17 lead. The Pirates stayed alive by winning five straight, but one last kill by Tyler and an error on HU ended the match.
Moore also added 30 assists and a team-best seven digs.
Hampton hit .195 with five more attack errors than NSU. The Pirates also held a 7-3 edge in blocks.
NSU will travel for a rare mid-week MEAC matchup on Wednesday, facing Delaware State at 6 p.m. at DSU’s Memorial Hall
Originally posted by NSUspartans.com | Used with permission