Match 23 (MEAC Competition)
Morgan State (3-19, 1-7 MEAC) v South Carolina State (0-18, 0-8 MEAC)
Sunday 24 October 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland (Hill Field House)
Live statistics: here
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 23, 2021) – Morgan State closes its two-game home stand on Sunday, October 24 with its annual Homecoming contest, as it hosts the State of South Carolina at a Middle Athletic Conference -Orient (MEAC) competition at Hill Field House. The first service is at 1 p.m. The annual alumni match which was scheduled for 10 am has been canceled.
Morgan State (3-19, 1-7 MEAC), who is riding a losing six-game skid, comes off a tough 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 25-21, 22-25, 5- 15) loss to North Carolina Central on Friday night. Jasmine perry led the way with a career-high 15 kills and reached 0.458 for the game. Gabriela Hiciano totaled 14 kills and made nine digs, far from a double-double, while Makila billingsley finished with 13 wins. Mackenzie jefferson finished with 48 assists, nine digs and had reached a team record of 0.571 with four assists in seven attempts and no errors. Jadore Hayes led Morgan State with 24 wins, a season and game high, while adding five assists and four aces on serve, a game high, also of the season’s best.
South Carolina State (0-18, 0-8 MEAC) lost a 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-16) decision to Coppin State on Friday. The Bulldogs reached .000 as a team, finishing with 19 kills on 99 attack attempts and made 19 attacking errors in the game. Maria Julia Vedovatto had 15 digs and added nine kills in the loss. Kayleigh Sullivan had 16 assists. SCSU is currently on a 67-game losing streak dating back to the 2018 season. The Bulldogs’ last victory was a 3-0 victory at Savannah State on September 28, 2018.
MSU VERSUS SCSU SERIES NOTES: Morgan State leads the all-time series 24-0 against South Carolina State. The Lady Bears won the first meeting of the season, 3-0 in Orangeburg, SC (9/26).
FOLLOWING : The Lady Bears will travel to the nation’s capital to face Howard on Friday, October 29. The first service is at 6 p.m. at the Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC
A NEW START: Morgan State will begin the second half of the MEAC program this Friday, October 22, when it hosts North Carolina Central at 4 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Lady Bears finished the first half with a 1-6 record in conference.
ALWAYS UNBEATABLE: Morgan State improved to 24-0 against South Carolina State, following its 3-0 sweep from the Host Bulldogs (9/26) at Dukes Gymnasium in Orangeburg, SC. The two teams will face each other again on Sunday, October 24. in Baltimore.
NOT SO FEELING AT HOME: The 2021 campaign has not been kind to Morgan State at home. The Lady Bears enter Sunday’s game against South Carolina State (10/24) winless at Hill Field House at 0-8, following a 3-2 loss to North Carolina Central on Friday.
A FRESHMAN WILL DRIVE THEM: Outdoor hitter freshman Madison Grace totaled 231 kills (3.30 kills per set). A native of Clinton Township, Mich., Grace has reached 12 times the double-digit winning streak this season, including seven of the last eight games. Grace averages 13.1 kills per game in her first seven MEAC contests and ranks second in kills per set among the league leaders.
SAY GOODBYE: Morgan State to bid farewell to two seniors at end of season as two-year-old member Kendal Hoges and four year old member Jasmine perry. The two will be honored at the Lady Bears Senior Day festivities ahead of their game against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
BOZIER IS CLOSING TO 500 WINS: Morgan State Head Coach Ramona riley-bozier entered the fall season 2021 with 476 career wins, 24 less than the No.500. She is now 21 wins off the 500 win plateau. Riley-Bozier, who is Morgan State’s most successful all-time coach in all sports with 479 career wins as a volleyball coach, is also the all-time career leader of the softball program. with 161 wins in her nine seasons at the helm.
BOZIER ENTRY IN 34TH SEASON: Head Coach Morgan Ramona riley-bozier is entering his 34th season at the helm of the Lady Bear program. The most successful coach of all time at MSU (478), Riley-Bozier guided the Lady Bears to 88 consecutive wins in the MEAC North Division between 1994 and 2003. She led MSU to five MEAC Championships, three appearances at NCAA tournaments and has won the MEAC Coach of the Year award five times. Bozier also coached the softball team at MSU for nine seasons and in 1999 led the team to their first appearance in a MEAC title game. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Bozier is a graduate of MSU, where she made her debut in two sports in volleyball and track and field. She is one of 11 players in the program’s history to have recorded 1,000 career eliminations. On the track, Bozier was a three-time All-American and one of Morgan’s top triple jumpers. She still holds the UMBC 60-meter competition record (1983) and ran the first stage of the 4X100 relay, which in 1986 set the school record in 44.47 seconds, which also still stands. That team would also win the Penn Relays and finish second that year at the Division I Nationals. Bozier was inducted into the Morgan State Hall of Fame in 2003.
OPENING SERVICE: Morgan State has fallen to 9-20 in the season opener since the 1993 season, after falling to Cleveland State 3-0 in the home opener (8/27). The Lady Bears’ last win on Matchday 1 was a 3-2 home win over Seton Hall in the Morgan / Towson Invitational opener (8/30/19).
MORGAN EVEN SELECTED FOR THE FOURTH OF THE MEAC: Morgan State was chosen to finish tied for fourth with Maryland Eastern Shore in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason poll, as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors of the league. In 2020-21, the Lady Bears were selected to finish tied for third with Delaware State in the MEAC North Division and finished third.
THE CAPTAINS 2021 ANNOUNCE: Junior mid hitter Melanie Bataille (La Plata, Md.) Has been named the 2021 team captain, while the senior middle blockers Kendal Hoges (West Orange, NJ) and Jasmine perry (Bowie, MD) will serve as co-captains.
WELCOME TO THE CAVE: Morgan State welcomes the addition of eight newcomers to the 2021 squad, three freshmen, three sophomores and two junior transfers. These newcomers are first year students Trinity Carruthers (Grand Prairie, Texas), Madison Grace (Township of Clinton, Michigan) and Kayla gaddy middleton (Dayton, NJ) as well as second year transfers Makila billingsley (Plainfield, New Jersey), Justyus jackson (Davenport, Iowa) and Mackenzie jefferson (Prosper, Texas) and junior transfers Kamryn brown (Evergreen Park, Illinois), Jadore Hayes (Vine, Texas).
MORGAN WINS THE USMC / AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD: The Lady Bears volleyball program was honored as a recipient of the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 academic year. Morgan State had a team GPA of 3.62. It was the second year in a row that the team won this award. Last season, Morgan State, which received the award for the first time in program history, posted a team GPA of 3.48 for the 2019-20 academic year.
2021 MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP: This year’s MEAC 2021 Volleyball Championship returns to Washington, DC after a one-year hiatus. The Championship Tournament, held in Norfolk, Va., At Norfolk State University during the 2021 spring season, will take place November 19-21, 2021 at the Burr Gymnasium on the University’s campus Howard. The last time the tournament was held in the nation’s capital was during the 2019 season. Morgan State would reach the title game that season, falling to welcome Howard in a five-set thriller.