By Joshua Jackson, Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communication, Alcorn State
LORMAN, Miss. – The Lady Braves of Alcorn State University needed only three sets to pick up their first Southwestern Athletic Conference victory of the season Monday as they swept Prairie View A&M.
Scores of the match were 25-22, 25-22, and 25-17.
Mikenzie Young-Mullins knocked down 16 kills for Alcorn, while Faith Archibong put away 14 kills and hit .455 for the Braves. Maya Detwiler handed out 30 assists and recorded eight digs.
Mariah Wilmoth led the Alcorn defensive effort with 16 digs. Makayla Wardlaw tallied eight digs in addition to her nine kills.
The win over Prairie View A&M was Alcorn’s first over the Lady Panthers since the 2015 postseason SWAC Tournament.
Alcorn (2-12) improved to 1-1 in SWAC play. Prairie View A&M remained winless in the Fall 2021 season, dropping its 16th contest.
Set two was the closest of the three sets, as it featured 16 ties and six lead changes. Momentum shifted to Alcorn’s side when the Lady Braves reeled off four consecutive points to take an 18-17 lead. Archibong knocked down three consecutive kills during that stretch.
A three-point run by the Braves stretched their lead to 23-20, with Young-Mullins accounting for two kills on those three points. Alcorn won the set with back-to-back Prairie View A&M attack errors.
In the third set, Alcorn seized control with a run of five consecutive points to take a 7-4 lead; four of those points came on Prairie View errors. Runs of 4-0 and 5-0 later in the set gave the Braves the breathing room they needed as they finished the set.
The Braves return to action Sunday, Oct. 3, when they visit Grambling State.