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October 11, 2017
The Nicholls State University volleyball team earned its first victory in nearly a month this past
week against Abilene Christian in Stopher Gymnasium.
Nicholls began a four-game home stretch Oct. 5 and lost in a conference matchup to Sam
Houston State in three sets with scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-13.
Nicholls defeated Abilene Christian in a conference matchup Oct. 6 in five sets with scores of
25-12, 25-22, 21-25, 16-25 and 15-8.
The Colonels (3-17, 1-6 SLC) last won Sept. 12 against Mississippi Valley State at Stopher
Head coach Tommy Harold said the win is great for his team and a confidence builder.
“Being able to get over that hump is big,” Harold said. “It gives them confidence that they can
play and win. We’ve got a lot of season ahead of us, but it’s certainly a good step.”
Jade Piper, a junior setter from Orange, Texas, said the win over Abilene Christian showed them
how much their hard work had paid off.
“It was a good win for us,” Piper said. “It feels good to see that our hard work and our team
chemistry is really getting better.”
Stephanie Tobison, a senior outside hitter from Carol Stream, Ill., said the team really needed a
victory after a plethora of defeats.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Tobison said. “We’ve really been pushing for a win, wanting to
finally have all of our practice pay off.”
Tobison also said winning against a team heavily favored to defeat them was exciting.
Coach Harold said he enjoys the home crowd and the next two games will present a challenge.
Harold said, “Central Arkansas is playing at a high level right now. They’re getting some votes
in the mid major Top 25 poll, so it will be a challenge, but it’s not always who is best on paper
Piper said the same about the next two home games, but their hard work prepares them for the
Piper said, “They’re going to be tough, but I feel like we’ve been working hard and we prepared
for them. And I think that if we work together and play our game that we shouldn’t have a
Nicholls State plays Central Arkansas tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. and Northwestern State
Saturday at noon at Stopher Gymnasium.
Statistics (vs. Sam Houston State and vs. Abilene Christian):
#2 Hill, Brieanna: six kills, one block and two digs
#4 Weimer, Emily: 12 kills and 5 blocks
#5 Tobison, Stephanie: 17 kills, three aces, three blocks, one assist and 17 digs
#6 Piper, Jade: 59 assists and 23 digs
#9 Williams, Imanie: 19 kills and four blocks
#11 Becerra, Victoria: 10 digs
#14 Venable, Emily: eight assists and 36 digs
#17 Wozniak, Meghan: two assists
#19 Lerille, Sydney: 14 kills, five digs, four aces, seven blocks and one assist