Match 23 (MEAC Competition)

Sunday, October 23, 2022
Morgan State (2-20, 1-7 MEAC) at South Carolina State (0-19, 0-8 MEAC)
Orangeburg, SC | Dukes Gymnasium | 1 p.m.
Live Statistics | Live Video

BALTIMORE, Md. (October 23, 2022)–The Morgan State volleyball team will look to end a six-game skid this afternoon when they visit the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. (MEAC) at 1 p.m. at Dukes Gym in Orangeburg, SC There will be no live stats or video.

BEAR CLAWS: Morgan State (2-20, 1-7 MEAC) is coming off a 3-0 loss at North Carolina Central (10/21). Madison Grace led the Lady Bears with 12 kills and Jourdan page led the team with nine digs. Mackenzie Jefferson totaled 22 assists, while Jadyn Perkins scored a game-best five blocks.

DOG TREATS: South Carolina State (0-19, 0-8 MEAC) suffered a 3-0 loss to Coppin State on Friday. The Bulldogs, who were limited to just 10 eliminations for the entire game, were led by Semira Fields, who finished with three eliminations. Kiarra Rosales had seven digs and Siela Avea finished with six assists. McKinley Roach had two kills and four blocks, including three solos to lead the Bulldogs.

SERIES NOTES: The Lady Bears lead the all-time series, 26-0. Morgan State won the first meeting this season, 3-0 in Baltimore (9/25).

NEXT : Morgan State will return home to host Howard on Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at the Hill Field House. The contest will be Lady Bears’ Dig Pink match.

ALWAYS PERFECT: Morgan State earned its first MEAC victory of the season, following a 3-0 loss to visiting South Carolina State (9/25). The win was Morgan State’s 26e straight win over the Lady Bulldogs in as many matches. SC State is the only MEAC opponent to which Morgan State has never lost in program history.

JACKSON CLOSES ON 100 DIGS: justus jackson recorded a block at North Carolina Central (10/21) and is now three blocks away from reaching 100 for his career.

LET’S GO FIVE: Morgan State and North Carolina Central went five sets in the MEAC’s opener, with the visiting Eagles beating Morgan State 3-2. It was the second five-set contest this season for both teams. NCCU improved to 2-0 on five assists, while the Lady Bears fell to 1-1. Morgan’s first five-setter of the season was a 3-2 non-conference win over Maryland Eastern Shore (9/16) at the George Mason Invitational.

ORTIZ TAKES THE HELM: On May 25, 2022, Xiomara Ortiz was announced as the new head coach of Morgan State’s volleyball program. Ortiz, who became the seventh coach in program history, takes over for Ramona Riley Bozier, who in his 34-year career won nine MEAC regular season titles, four MEAC Tournament titles, guided the Lady Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances, while becoming the winningest coach of all time of the school in all sports with 481 wins. Ortiz comes to Morgan after spending a year as an assistant coach at Shippensburg University during the 2021 season and the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh University. A native of South Setauket, NY, Ortiz had a stellar four-year career as a libero at Binghamton University, where she set school records for single-season digs (551) and career digs (1 925) in 116 games played. As a freshman, she earned America East All-Rookie honors and was named to the All-America East second team as a sophomore. She was also a three-time member of the America East Honor Roll.

MORGAN PICKED SEVENTH AT MEAC: Morgan State was selected to finish seventh in the eight-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Last season, the Lady Bears were chosen to finish tied for fourth in the MEAC with Maryland Eastern Shore and finished seventh.

COLEMAN NAMED ASSISTANT COACH: Maegan Coleman will enter his first season as an assistant coach at Morgan State for the 2022 season. Coleman comes to Morgan after spending the 2021 season as head coach at Cheyney University. Prior to Cheyney, Coleman also spent a year at West Alabama and Lamar Community College. At the LCC, the team ranked 13th nationwide in solo blocks, 32nd in digs, and 37th in service aces in 2019. A native of Lancaster, Texas, Coleman began his college career at Tyler Junior College, before concluding her playing career in Prairie. See A&M. She helped the Panthers win two Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division titles. Coleman has received the Academic Student-Athlete Award three times and was the first Prairie View A&M student-athlete to earn a Nike internship.

SAY GOODBYE: Morgan State will say goodbye to its only eldest, Melanie Battle ahead of their final “Senior Night” home game against rival Coppin State (11/11). The game will also be the regular season finale for the Lady Bears.

2022 MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP: This year’s MEAC Volleyball Championship will be held Nov. 18-20 in Dover, Del. at Memorial Hall on the campus of Delaware State University.

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