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ASU volleyball bounces back, wins three games at SIAC tourney

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- It's all about confidence.

The Albany State volleyball team may have been in the loser's bracket Thursday, but the Lady Rams won all three of their games against formidable opponents in the SIAC Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.

ASU (21-11) swept Tuskegee and Fort Valley, 3-0, in the first two games of the day, then went on to defeat Clark Atlanta 3-1 in the afternoon.

In the first game -- which the Lady Rams won 25-8, 25-20, 25-16 -- Jillian Anderson had 10 kills and no errors, while Priscila Sena added 25 assists.

Sabrina Garcia led the way against Fort Valley -- a 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 win -- contributing 11 kills, and Sena added 28 more assists.

But the player of the day was actually senior hitter Latrice Lewis, according to head coach Robert Skinner.

"The person that i felt really did a great job (Thursday) was Latrice Lewis," Skinner said. "She's our senior captain and she played a great game today, along with Jillian Anderson, who I also thought did really well."

Garcia led the way in the final game of the day with 16 kills, while Butler had 12 kills and nine blocks and Sena had 44 assists as ASU won 19-25, 25-12, 25-14, 25-23.

Albany State advances to the bracket's semifinals at 10 a.m. today, and they'll play Benedict, the same team that knocked them from the winner's bracket in four games.

"We gotta go get 'em," Skinner said. "They beat us and beat us real sound (Wednesday) night, so it'll be an opportunity to do a little better job."

Skinner and the Lady Rams have shown they can overcome falling to the loser's bracket, as they've come back to win the tournament from there three times in the past nine years.

The team is looking for its 10th straight conference championship.

"We can get back in that championship game," Skinner said. "Anything can happen."