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This week in ASU Athletics


Alabama StateMONTGOMERY, Ala.—Alabama State’s women’s golf team will kick off a full slate of athletic events this week as they play in the FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn.

Friday the ASU volleyball team will host the first day of action at the ISTAP Collegiate Cup.  Volleyball action will continue on Saturday, playing two matches on each day.

ASU’s soccer team will be back home to host North Carolina-Asheville at 4.

The football team will play on the road at Jackson State Saturday at 4 p.m. with the game being broadcast by ESPN3, with a tape delay of the game on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday the soccer team will host Presbyterian College out of South Carolina at 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13
Volleyball:  1 p.m. vs. New Orleans (ISTAP Collegiate Cup); Montgomery, Ala.
Soccer:  4 p.m., UNC-Asheville
Volleyball:  7 p.m. vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (ISTAP Collegiate Cup); Montgomery, Ala.

Saturday, Sept. 14
M/W Cross Country; 9 a.m. Azalea City Classic; Mobile, Ala.
Volleyball: 3 p.m. vs. Jacksonville State (ISTAP Collegiate Cup); Montgomery, Ala.
Football:  4 p.m. at Arkansas-Pine Bluff; ESPN3/ESPNU, WVAS FM 90.7
Volleyball:  7 p.m. vs. Savannah State (ISTPA Collegiate Cup); Montgomery, Ala.

Sunday, Sept. 15
Soccer:  1 p.m. vs. Presbyterian College; Montgomery, Ala.

DURHAM, N.C.—The Alabama State University Lady Hornets volleyball team was able to end their weekend trip into North Carolina with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 26-24) win over North Carolina Central.

The Lady Hornets led for most of the first two games, but had to come from behind to win the third game of the match.  Trailing 8-1 and 17-10, ASU was able to come back and finally evened the game at 21.  ASU was able to end the match winning five of the next eight points to pull out the two point win in the game and the match.

Tiara Kelley and Amber Bennett led the Lady Hornets with 10 kills each.  Kelley hit .500 and Bennett .316 in the match.  For Kelley, it was another big game in a weekend of strong play as she had been named to the Aggie/Spartan All-Tournament Team on Saturday following ASU’s action in the tournament.

Against NCCU Ellyn Jones and Brooke Beasley continue to be a solid one-two in setting as Jones finished with 17 assists and Beasley 11.  Luiza Griz led ASU in digs with nine.

ASU (2-6) will host the ISTAP Collegiate Cup on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  The participating teams along with ASU will be New Orleans, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jacksonville State and Savannah State.

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Alabama State University volleyball team opened play at the Aggie/Spartan Invitational with a tough 3-2 loss at North Carolina A&T.
Four of the five games were decided by two points with NCA&T winning the first two games by scores of 28-26 and 26-24.  ASU came back to win the next two games by scores of 25-17 and 25-23.  NCA&T was able to put the game away with a 16-14 win in the fifth game.
The Lady Hornets had three players reach double digits in kills led by Myla Marshall’s 20.  Amber Bennett had 19 and Tiara Kelley had 10.  All three players had career-highs in kills.
Ellyn Jones had 30 assists and Brooke Beasley added 25.  ASU also had three players reach double digits in kills.  Luiza Griz led the way with 15, Rachel Smith 13 and Jamie Coleman added 11.
ASU will face Murray State to begin tomorrow’s action at 11 a.m. and will end tourney play against North Carolina-Greensboro at 7 p.m.

Alabama State Football: Hornets Arrive In Jackson For Early Season Showdown

JACKSON, Miss.–Alabama State University’s football team arrived in Jackson, Miss., today to put in some final preparations for the early-season showdown between Jackson State and Alabama State.

These two teams have been tied at the top of the East Division standings for the past three years and this is one of the earliest season meetings between the two teams in recent memory.

“I wouldn’t have scheduled it this early if I had my choice,” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said.  “The SWAC conference scheduled these games in advance and it’s different because we have never played them this early.  Of course we know it is going to be a challenge and it will be a challenge for them as well.  We have to be mentally prepared and go with the approach to get off to a good start and get a victory.”

The game has been extemely close over the past three years.  ASU won 32-30 in 2010, 21-14 in 2011 and last year JSU won 37-34.  This year the coaches picked the two teams to finish one-two in the East and the winner of this early season game will have the early advantage in the race for the East.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 starting with the 5 p.m. kickoff.  ESPNU will show the game on a tape delay broadcast at 9:30 p.m.  WVAS FM 90.7 will also broadcast the game live with the pregame set for 4:45 p.m.