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(Jackson, Ms.) Over the weekend the Lady Bleu Devils volleyball team participated in the Millsaps College Volleyball Invitational. Two years ago Dillard went 1-3 in the tourney, but this year the Lady Bleu Devils were a perfect 4-0, picking up victories against LeTourneau University, the University of Mississippi for Women, the University of Dallas and the host school Millsaps College.
Dillard (7-1, 0-0 GCAC) opened up the tournament with a four-set victory over LeTourneau University (26-24, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23). Outside hitter Corneisja Harrison (SO/Cypress, Texas) led the way with 17 kills while senior Shelby Stewart (SR/Houston, Texas) added 15 kills in the victory. Setters Chelsea Jolivette (SR/Houston, Texas) and Sydney Perry (FR/Houston, Texas) finished the game with 19 and 14 assists respectively.
In game two, the Lady Bleu Devils cruised by the University of Mississippi for Women in three quick sets (25-12, 25-5, 25-14). Middle blocker Tristan Cojoe (SO/Cedar Hill, Texas) finished with a game-high eight kills while Stewart chipped in with seven. On the defensive end, Alexis Barnett (SO/Austin, Texas) produced a game-high 13 digs in the win.
Game three proved to be the one of the biggest challenges for this young squad as they found themselves down two sets to zero despite playing two extremely close sets. However, Dillard dug deep and stormed back to win the next three sets (27-25, 28-26, 21-25, 21-25, 11-15) in thrilling fashion. Once again it was Harrison, Stewart and Cojoe leading the way on the offensive end with 20, 19 and eight kills respectively. Freshman Kamryn Linton (FR/Houston, Texas) produced a team-high 14 assists for Dillard in the victory while teammate Unice Kamui (JR/Mombasa, Kenya) led the way on defense with a team-high 11 digs.
In the final game of the Invitational, Dillard defeated host institution Millsaps College in four sets (25-23, 15-25, 25-15, 29-27). Stewart and Harrison both produced 16 kills apiece while Linton produced a season-high 36 assists. Barnett finished with a team-high 31 digs in the victory.
On Friday, September 8, the Lady Bleu Devils travel to the Mobile, Ala. to face Reinhardt University on the campus of the University of Mobile. First serve is set for 11:30 a.m.