Tuskegee’s “Road Warriors” now bound for Itta Bena

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (goldentigersports.com) – Fresh off of six matches in three days at the SIAC Crossover, the Tuskegee University volleyball team hits the road for the 13th consecutive time facing NCAA Division I member Mississippi Valley State Tuesday night.

Tuskegee (5-11, 5-5 SIAC) is coming off of a weekend in which they split six conference matches behind the play of freshmen Taliyana Bryant, Jessica Johnson and Shakayia Wilson.

Bryant led Tuskegee with 57 kills at the SIAC Crossover, including finishing with double-digit kills in three of the team’s matches this past weekend. The freshman finished with 14 kills (Fort Valley State), 12 kills (Benedict) and 10 kills (Albany State) over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Wilson finished second on the team in kills over the weekend with 51 kills in six matches. She finished the week averaging 2.12 per set, while scoring a team-high 65.5 points (2.73 per set). Johnson added 54 kills and 56.5 points in the six matches over the weekend.

Sophomores Janae Graham and Zahria Radford also put up big numbers for the Lady Golden Tigers in the six matches.

Graham led Tuskegee with 226 assists over six matches, averaging 9.42 assists per set. She scored 11.5 points in the six matches, and added seven service aces and 36 digs. Meanwhile, Radford led Tuskegee with 109 digs over six matches at the SIAC Crossover, averaging 4.54 digs per set. She also added seven assists and seven service aces in the six matches.

The Lady Golden Tigers lead the conference in assists, digs, kills and total attacks; while they are also in the top three in several other categories.

Meanwhile, Mississippi Valley State (1-10, 0-3 SWAC) finds themselves in the midst of an eight-match losing streak. Their last victory came back on August 27 against South Carolina State.