Woman Bears Lastly Return Residence; Host Rival Coppin State On Friday

Match 17 (MEAC Residence Opener)
Morgan State (3-13, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Coppin State (7-7, 1-1 MEAC)
Friday, October 1, 2021 | 6 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. (Hill Self-discipline Dwelling)
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BALTIMORE, Md. (Sept. 28, 2021)-After spending the ultimate 34 days away from home, the Morgan State volleyball group lastly returns home on Friday, Oct. 1 when it welcomes crosstown rival Coppin State to Hill Self-discipline Dwelling for the Mid-Jap Athletic Conference (MEAC) home opener for the Woman Bears. First serve is slated for six p.m.


Morgan State (3-13) began MEAC play ultimate weekend on the road with two contests at North Carolina Central (9/24) and South Carolina State (9/26). The Woman Bears dropped a 3-1 (17-25, 20-25, 25-20, 21-25) decision at NCCU, sooner than ending the road journey with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-17) sweep of SCSU.


Freshman Madison Grace led the Woman Bears with 18 kills and junior Jadore Hayes totaled a match-high 23 digs inside the loss to NCCU. Sophomore Gabriela Hiciano, who was celebrating her birthday, added a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Senior Jasmin Perry hit for a match- and career-best .727 assault proportion, as she accomplished with eight kills on 11 makes an try and no errors. Freshman Trinity Carruthers moreover had a then occupation night time time with 25 assists to associate with three digs and a solo block.


Sunday’s victory over South Carolina State could possibly be the 24th inside the sequence’ 24 conferences for the Woman Bears. Grace and Hiciano each had a match-high 11 kills and Makila Billingsley hit for a team-high .643 and added 10 kills to information Morgan State. Hiciano accomplished the match hitting .364, as Morgan hit .319 as a gaggle. Hayes had a match-best 15 digs and Carruthers set a season-high 36 assists. Kendal Hoges had two assisted blocks and Perry had two combined blocks, along with one solo to information the Woman Bears.


Coppin State (7-7, 1-1 MEAC) moreover went 1-1 on its avenue swing to the Carolinas ultimate weekend. The Eagles are coming off a difficult 3-2 (25-27, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 12-15) avenue loss to North Carolina Central (9/26), after defeating South Carolina State, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11) two days earlier on Friday.


Miajavon Coleman accomplished with a match-high 9 kills to hit for .444 for the match, whereas Ahzhi Coleman added one different six kills and hit for .417 inside the win at S.C. State. Andrea Tsvetanova had 22 assists and a season-high eight service aces to associate with six digs. Ashley Roman had a match-high 9 digs.


On Sunday, Paola Caten recorded a double-double with 28 kills and 16 digs and Coleman accomplished with 24 kills and a career-high 23 digs to turned the first Coppin State participant to go for not lower than 20 kills and 20 digs in a single match. Roman moreover accomplished with 23 digs inside the loss to N.C. Central. Tsvetanova was the third Eagle to doc a double-double, as she accomplished with 60 assists and 10 digs.


Coleman could possibly be named MEAC Co-Participant of the Week, whereas Tesvetanova was named MEAC Co-Setter of the Week. Roman was named MEAC Defensive Participant of the Week.


MSU SERIES NOTES AGAINST COPPIN: Morgan State leads the all-time sequence in the direction of Coppin State, 65-15. The Eagles swept ultimate season’s sequence, worthwhile all three-matches.


NEXT UP: The Woman Bears will possible be off until subsequent Friday, Oct. 8 as soon as they host Beltway rival Howard at 6 p.m. at Hill Self-discipline Dwelling.


GRACE EARNS SECOND MEAC ROOKIE HONOR: Madison Grace was chosen as MEAC Rookie of the Week (9/27), launched by Coca-Cola. It was the second MEAC Weekly honor for Grace, who moreover earned the award on Sept. 13. A neighborhood of Clinton Township, Mich., Grace hit .271 for the week and averaged 4.1 kills per set. She totaled 29 kills, 4 digs and had 4 full blocks, along with a solo to help the Woman Bears to a 1-1 week. The 5-foot-10 exterior hitter recorded 18 kills, two digs, three full blocks, along with one solo in the direction of North Carolina Central (9/24), sooner than ending the week with 11 kills, two digs and an assisted block inside the win at S.C. State (9/26).


STILL UNBEATEN: Morgan State improved to 24-0 all-time in the direction of South Carolina State, following its 3-0 sweep of the host Bulldogs (9/26) in Dukes Gymnasium in Orangeburg, S.C.


PERRY EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Senior Jasmin Perry was named to the UNH/Merrimack All-Match Workers (9/18). The Bowie, Md. native hit .463 for the weekend, totaling 22 kills, 5 digs, 5 blocks, along with 4 solos and an assist in three matches. The 5-foot-11 heart blocker hit for .667 and recorded seven kills, an assist and assisted on a block in a 3-0 victory over host Merrimack (9/17). Later that day, she added seven kills, a dig and had 4 solo blocks in the direction of co-host New Hampshire. Perry concluded the match hitting .467 with eight kills and 4 digs inside the finale in the direction of Rhode Island (9/18).


UNBEATEN STREAKS ON THE LINE: The Woman Bears will look to extend their worthwhile strategies in the direction of three opponents this season. Morgan State enters the 2021 advertising marketing campaign having not at all misplaced to Marist (1-0), North Carolina Central (3-0) or South Carolina State (23-0). MSU will face Marist inside the finale of the George Mason Invitational (9/11). The Woman Bears will sort out every North Carolina Central (9/24-away, 10/22-home) and South Carolina State (9/26-away, 10/24-home) twice this season in MEAC movement.


BOZIER APPROACHING 500 WINS: Morgan State head coach Ramona Riley-Bozier entered the 2021 Fall season with 476 occupation victories, 24 wins shy of No. 500. She is now 21 wins away from the 500-win plateau. Riley-Bozier, who’s the all-time winningest coach at Morgan State in any sport with 479 occupation victories as a result of the volleyball coach, will be the softball program’s all-time occupation chief with 161 victories inside the 9 seasons she coached on the helm.

BOZIER ENTERS 34TH SEASON: Morgan head coach Ramona Riley-Bozier enters her thirty fourth season on the helm of the Woman Bear program. The all-time winningest coach at MSU (478), Riley-Bozier guided the Woman Bears to 88 consecutive MEAC Northern Division wins between 1994-2003. She has led MSU to five MEAC Championships, three NCAA Match appearances and earned MEAC Coach of the 12 months honors 5 events. Bozier moreover coached the softball group at MSU for 9 seasons and in 1999 led the group to its first MEAC title recreation look. A neighborhood of Kansas Metropolis, Mo., Bozier, is a graduate of MSU, the place she was a two-sport start in volleyball and monitor. She is actually one in every of 11 players inside the historic previous of this method to have registered 1,000 occupation kills. On the monitor, Bozier was a three-time All-American and one in every of many prime triple jumpers at Morgan. She nonetheless holds the UMBC meet doc inside the 60 meter dash (1983) and ran the first leg of the 4X100 relay, which in 1986 set the school doc in a time of 44.47 seconds, which moreover nonetheless stands. That squad would moreover win the Penn Relays and accomplished second that 12 months on the Division I Nationwide Championships. Bozier was inducted into the Morgan State Hall of Fame in 2003.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Woman Bears entered its avenue swing to North Carolina Central (9/24) and South Carolina State (9/26) having fun with their fourth straight weekend and eleventh and twelfth consecutive matches away from home. When Morgan State lastly returns home to host rival Coppin State for its MEAC home opener (Oct. 1), it will mark 34 days as a result of the group ultimate carried out inside the nice confines of Hill Self-discipline Dwelling, since web internet hosting the Baltimore Invite Match (Aug. 27-28). 


GRACE EARNS MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Madison Grace was chosen as a result of the MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week (9/13). It was the first MEAC weekly honor for Grace and Morgan State this season. A neighborhood of Clinton Township, Mich., Grace averaged 4.7 kills per set, had an assault proportion of .380, whereas principal the Woman Bears with 66 kills to help Morgan State to a 1-2 weekend on the George Mason Invitational (Sept. 10-11).


HICIANO, GRACE NAMED TO MASON INVITATIONAL TEAM: Sophomore Gabriela Hiciano and freshman Madison Grace have been named to the George Mason Invitational All-Match Workers (9/12). Hiciano accomplished with 33 kills, 34 digs and added two service aces and assisted on three blocks. The 5-foot-11 exterior hitter reached double figures in kills and digs twice and had one double-double in the middle of the match. A neighborhood of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Hiciano recorded 12 kills, six digs and had three assisted blocks to help Morgan to a five-set win over host George Mason (9/10) for its first win of the season. She concluded the match with a double-double of 15 digs and 13 kills in the direction of Marist (9/11). Grace hit .380 and accomplished with 66 kills, 4 digs, two blocks, along with one solo in three matches. She tallied a season-high 25 kills, whereas hitting .500 inside the win over George Mason. Grace adopted that effectivity with one different 25 kills, whereas hitting .412 with a dig and a solo block inside the finale in the direction of Marist.


HOGES NAMED TO TOWSON INVITATIONAL TEAM: Senior heart blocker Kendal Hoges was named to the Towson Invitational All-Match Workers (9/5). Hoges accomplished the weekend with 12 assisted blocks, 9 kills, three digs and an assist. A neighborhood of West Orange, N.J., she recorded a season-best six kills in the direction of Loyola Maryland, whereas hitting .600 and had 4 assisted blocks and a digs in the direction of the Greyhounds (9/4). Earlier inside the day Hoges had 4 blocks, two kills and a dig in the direction of Princeton.


OPENING SERVE: Morgan State is 9-20 in season openers as a result of the 1993 season, after falling to visiting Cleveland State, 3-0 inside the home opener (8/27). The Woman Bears’ ultimate opening day victory was a 3-2 win at home in the direction of Seton Hall inside the opener of the Morgan/Towson Invitational (8/30/19).


JACKSON EARNS BALTIMORE INVITE HONORS: Sophomore change Justyus Jackson was named to the Baltimore Invite All-Match Workers (8/28). A neighborhood of Davenport, Iowa, Jackson averaged 1.77 kills and 1.15 blocks per set in 4 matches. She led the host Woman Bears with a whole of 15 blocks, along with three solo blocks and accomplished second on the group with 23 kills. Jackson led Morgan State with a hitting proportion of .370, whereas moreover together with three service aces and 6 digs. Jackson recorded a career-best 5 blocks and a career-high three service aces to associate with 4 kills and two digs in the direction of Binghamton.


MORGAN PICKED TIED FOR FOURTH IN MEAC: Morgan State was picked to finish tied for fourth with Maryland Jap Shore inside the eight-team Mid-Jap Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches and sports activities actions knowledge directors. In 2020-21, the Woman Bears have been picked to finish tied for third with Delaware State inside the MEAC Northern Division and ended up third.


2021 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED: Junior heart hitter Melanie Battle (La Plata, Md.) has been named 2021 group captain, whereas senior heart blockers Kendal Hoges (West Orange, N.J.) and Jasmin Perry (Bowie, Md.) will operate co-captains.


SAYING GOODBYE: Morgan State will say goodbye to 2 seniors on the end of the season in two-year member Kendal Hoges and four-year member Jasmin Perry. The two will possible be honored in the middle of the Woman Bears’ Senior Day festivities earlier to their match in the direction of the Faculty of Maryland Jap Shore on November 7 at 1 p.m.


TOURNAMENT EXPOSURE: The Woman Bears will take part in 4 frequent season tournaments this 12 months. Following the Baltimore Invite (Aug. 27-28), Morgan State will make the short journey to Towson, Md. to compete inside the Towson Invitational (Sept. 3-5) in the direction of Stony Brook, Princeton, Loyola Maryland and host Towson. Subsequent will possible be a go to to Fairfax, Va. to face Robert Morris, host George Mason and Marist inside the George Mason Invitational (Sept. 10-11). The Woman Bears will conclude their frequent season match schedule in Massachusetts and New Hampshire inside the co-hosted Faculty of New Hampshire/Merrimack Match (Sept. 17-18), the place Morgan will sort out hosts Merrimack and New Hampshire along with Rhode Island.


WELCOME TO THE CAVE: Morgan State welcomes the addition of eight newcomers to the 2021 squad, three freshmen, three sophomore transfers and two junior transfers. These newcomers are freshmen Trinity Carruthers (Grand Prairie, Texas), Madison Grace (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Kayla Gaddy-Middleton (Dayton, N.J.) along with sophomore transfers Makila Billingsley (Plainfield, N.J.), Justyus Jackson (Davenport, Iowa) and Mackenzie Jefferson (Prosper, Texas) and junior transfers Kamryn Brown (Evergreen Park, Unwell.), Jadore Hayes (Grapevine, Texas).


NICE MEETING YOU: Morgan State has two opponents on the schedule this season that it has not at all confronted sooner than. The Woman Bears will meet every Merrimack and New Hampshire on the opening day of the UNH/Merrimack Match (9/17), co-hosted by every faculties.


MORGAN EARNS USMC/AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD AGAIN: The Woman Bears volleyball program was honored as a recipient of the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Affiliation (AVCA) Workers Instructional Award for the 2020-21 tutorial 12 months. Morgan State had a gaggle GPA of three.62. It marked the second consecutive 12 months the group has earned the award. Last season Morgan State, which obtained the award for the first time in program historic previous, posted a gaggle GPA of three.48 for the 2019-20 tutorial 12 months.


POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Morgan will face just one opponent this season (Towson) that reached the 2020 NCAA Volleyball Match in April 2021. The Woman Bears will face the rival Tigers twice this season on each other’s home floor. The two will sq. off in Baltimore on Aug. 27 inside the Baltimore Invite, sooner than closing out their season sequence the subsequent week on Sept. 5 inside the finale of the Towson Invitational in Towson, Md.


2021 MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP: This 12 months’s 2021 MEAC Volleyball Championship returns once more to Washington, D.C. after a 12 months hiatus. The championship match, which was held in Norfolk, Va. at Norfolk State Faculty in the middle of the 2021 Spring season, will occur November 19-21, 2021 at Burr Gymnasium on the campus of Howard Faculty. The ultimate time the match was held inside the Nation’s Capital was in the middle of the 2019 season. Morgan State would attain the title match that season, falling to host Howard in a five-set thriller.



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