Montevallo digs in on Tuskegee volleyballers 3-0

MONTEVALLO, Ala. ( —  Zahria Radford led Tuskegee defensively with 10 digs in a 3-0 (7-25,11-25,18-25) non-conference loss to the University of Montevallo at Trustmark Arena Tuesday night.

Tuskegee (9-14, 9-6 SIAC) never got on track from the opening point of the match and struggled throughout, being held to a -.062 hitting percentage in the match. The best set hitting came in the second set when the Lady Golden Tigers hit -.038.

Shakayia Wilson, Jessica Johnson and Taliyana Bryant each recorded four kills, while Donovan Wingfield added three for the Lady Golden Tigers. Janae Graham led Tuskegee with 15 assists, recording one for every kill in the match. Avery Brown added six digs and Johnson five in the loss.

Meanwhile, for Montevallo (10-10), Natalie Twyford led the way with eight kills, while Harley Masoner added 19 digs. Grace Harris led the way with a match-high 12 digs, while the team combined for 10 blocks.

In the opening set, Tuskegee could never get on track as Montevallo controlled the pace of the match after hitting .375 as a team and holding the Lady Golden Tigers to a negative hitting percentage at -.158. Tuskegee finished the opening set with just three kills, all from different players, on 19 total attempts; while Montevallo finished with eight kills on 16 total attempts – assisting on all eight kills.

The two teams battled through the first few points of the second set before Montevallo took charge. The Falcons used a hitting percentage of .250 in the set to take a 2-0 overall lead, while holding Tuskegee to a -.028 hitting percentage in the set. The Lady Golden Tigers were able to battle back in the second set with six kills of their own to put pressure on Montevallo, before the Falcons were able to pull away.


After Montevallo took an early lead in the final set, Tuskegee took the lead midway through the set before Montevallo stormed ahead 15-11 on a 5-0 run. However, the Lady Golden Tigers continued to fight their way back in the final set and pulled to within three at 18-15, before Montevallo pulled away. Even facing match point at 24-16, the Lady Golden Tigers continued to fight until the final point.


Tuskegee returns to action Monday night at Chappie James Arena, facing Miles College in a key Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) match as part of homecoming week on the historic Tuskegee campus. The match starts at 6 pm Monday night, and will be “Black Out” Night at Chappie James.

The match can be seen and heard on the Tuskegee Digital Network, with a pre-match show beginning at 5:45 pm.