Jackson State Claims SWAC Volleyball Tournament Title

Released by The SWAC,

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas- The Jackson State Tigers defeated the Florida A&M Rattlers in straight sets on Sunday to claim the 2023 SWAC Volleyball Tournament title.

Jackson State’s Alexis Williams paced the Tigers offensive attack with 15 kills.

No. 5 Jackson State 3, No. 3 Florida A&M 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22)

SET ONE | FAMU kicked off the SWAC Championship match with a service ace, and it catalyzed a 6-2 Rattler run. The high-action set captured four ties by the first media timeout, where the Tigers held a 15-12 advantage. Florida A&M regained its lead with the help of another 6-2 rally, but the 18-17 edge was short-lived as JSU responded with four straight points.

SET TWO | There were eight ties at the start of the second set, the last at 8-all, and the Tigers embarked on a 10-3 run for separation. Florida A&M was unable to pull any closer than three points (20-17) in the latter goings.

SET THREE | Jackson State held a slight 4-3 advantage and remained in front from there. A Florida A&M kill evened things at 17 but preceded a 5-0 stretch from JSU.

Jackson State’s Williams was named Most Valuable Player after tallying 48 kills, 39 digs, and six blocks during the tournament. A complete listing of All-Tournament selections is listed below.

Coach of the Year
Rose Washington, Jackson State

Most Valuable Player
Alexis Williams, Jackson State

All-Tournament Team
Leah Lawson, Prairie View A&M
Kylee Owens, Prairie View A&M
Temperance Chatman, Alabama State
Brooke Lynn Watts, Florida A&M
Camila De La Rosa, Florida A&M
Brooke Hudson, Florida A&M
Hope Briggs, Jackson State
Karys Dove, Jackson State
Alexis Williams, Jackson State

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