Shelby Stewart had a team-high 23 kills in the loss to the Lady Tornadoes.
Shelby Stewart had a team-high 23 kills in the loss to the Lady Tornadoes.
Volleyball - Sun, Nov. 6, 2016
Talladega College
Dillard University29152517122
Talladega (Ala.)27251525153
Talladega, AL
Dillard UniversityIndv. LeadersTalladega (Ala.)
#1 Shelby Stewart - 23Kills #12 Carla Novaes - 30
#3 Alexis Barnett - 2Blocks #14 Ashley Burchfield - 2
#6 Demetria Horton - 26Digs #7 Rossiel Lobaton Silva - 26
#4 Cailyn Ware - 3Aces #3 Bethany Holland - 4
Dillard UniversityTeam StatisticsTalladega (Ala.)
0.179Hitting %: 0.256
5.0Blocks: 3.0
60Digs: 92
5Aces: 8

(New Orleans)  For the second consecutive year, the number three seed Lady Bleu Devils of Dillard University led two sets to one but were eventually eliminated in the exact number of sets (five) to the same exact foe (Talladega) (29-27, 15-25, 25-15, 17-25, 12-15) at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. The two teams split the season series 1-1.

The opening set was a back and forth contest between the two teams, but the Lady Bleu Devils held on for an exciting 29-27 victory behind junior Shelby Stewart (JR/Houston, Texas)'s team-high 23 kills. The second seeded Lady Tornadoes were victorious in the second set behind GCAC Player of the Year and conference offensive player of the year Carla Novaes as she finished with a game-high 30 kills. Dillard then won the third set and looked to seal the deal in set number four, but the Lady Tornadoes stayed alive with another victory.

In the fifth and final set, the Dillard volleyball team took a commanding 8-4 lead on the switch and was just seven points away from its first GCAC championship game since 2010, but Talladega ended the game on an 11-4 run to steal the victory.

Dillard ends the season 16-17 overall and 8-3 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall while the Lady Tornadoes advance to the GCAC championship game and face Xavier University. Head Coach Nancy Sikobe, who finished second overall in GCAC Coach of the Year voting, finishes the season 8-4 in GCAC play and 1-1 in GCAC tourney play. Coach Sikobe's 16 victories doubled last year's win total (8) and produced the most wins in the program since 2011 when the team won 17 games.

Record: 9-8 Home: 3-2 Away: 2-2 Neutral: 4-4 GCAC: 1-1