A&T welcomes ACC’s demonic Wake Forest Deacons to historic Moore Gymnasium

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A&T Team Leaders:
Kill :
Niaya Sawtelle (4.00 per set)

Dig : Morgan Allen (3.38 per set)

Aids: Chiara Napoli (4.59 per set)

Blocks: Mallory Porcher (0.93 per game)

Hit percentage: Naiya Sawtelle (.244)

A&T CAA Leaders (Top-10)

Kill : Niaya Sawtelle (4.00 per set) – 2nd

Dig : Morgan Allen (3.38 per set) – 8th

Blocks: Mallory Porcher (0.93 per set) – 6th

NORTH CAROLINA A&T (3-4, 0-0 CAA): North Carolina A&T welcomes its second Power Five school to Greensboro. Power Five North Carolina State came to Moore Gymnasium in 2003.

Last time out, A&T went 0-3 at the Wildcat Invitational, including a 3-2 loss to Lindenwood after leading 2-1. Naiya Sawtelle (Stuart, Fla.) led the Aggies last week with 3.81 kills per set, 1.00 service ace per set, 1.88 digs per set and 0.50 blocks per set.

Sawtelle tied a career high with 25 kills and set a career high with eight service aces against Lindenwood to earn all-tournament honors.

The head coach Hal Clifton is entering his 12th season as leader of the Aggies and posted a 112-190 overall record. In the previous five seasons, Clifton led the Aggies to a 76-57 (.571) record and had at least a .500 winning percentage the past four seasons.

WAKE FOREST DEAMON DECANS (3-2, 0-0 ACC): Wake Forest opened at home with a 2-1 record, including a 3-0 win over North Carolina Central to start the season. After a 3-1 loss to Arizona at Chapel Hill, the Deamon Decans bounced back with a 3-1 win at home to South Carolina last time out.

Peyton Suess leads the Demon Deacons with 3.71 kills per set, and Rian Baker leads the team in assists per set (10.67). Emma Farrell leads the team in digs per set (5.30) and Emmy Ogogor leads with 0.85 blocks per set.

Randi Smart is entering his fourth season as head coach of WF.

Last season, Wake Forest went 15-14 overall, including 6-12 in the ACC.

THE SERIES: Wake Forest leads the series 13-2, including a 3-0 win last season at Winston-Salem. The Aggies won their first game against the ACC last season, a 3-2 victory in Blacksburg, Va.

CAREER NOTES:

  • Addy Warfield has 1,281 assists and needs 14 to move up to seventh place, ahead of Chelsea Fox (2011-13).
  • Mallory Porcher recorded 11 block assists last week, giving him 170 to move up to eighth place.
  • Naiya Sawtelle recorded 61 eliminations last week to get her into the A&T Volleyball Club 500 for her career with 512.
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