Kentucky State University volleyball took the second day of the SIAC East/West Crossover by storm, sweeping nine straight sets for three wins against the likes of Clark Atlanta University, Paine College, and Benedict College at the Birmingham Crossplex on Friday.

The Thorobrettess (8-5) have now won four straight matches against conference opponents, and sit atop the west division standings.

KSU will close out the Crossover with two matches on Saturday against Fort Valley State University and Albany State University, beginning at 8 am ET and closing the day out at 12 pm ET.

KSU 3 CAU 0

The first set featured 14 ties and eight lead changes, as freshman outside hitters Robin Poole and Makayla Martin combined for nine kills in the 25-23 victory.

The aggressive play by KSU continued into the second set, as the Thorobrettess prevailed 25-15. In the third and final frame, KSU and CAU went back and forth in the early going for five ties and four lead changes up till a score of 13-13, but KSU pushed forward with a 6-3 stretch, to eventually close out the Lady Panthers, 25-22.

The tandem of Poole and Martin led the way for the Thorobrettess, as each registered double-doubles. Poole picked up 15 assists and 10 digs, while Martin racked up 12 digs and 11 kills. The double-double by Poole marks the fourth of the season for the Katy, Texas native.

KSU 3 PC 0

The Thorobrettes controlled from beginning to end, leading each set by double-digit points at various positions within the match, outscoring the opposition 51-21.

Communication errors cost PC, as KSU tallied 13 aces including five in both the first and second sets.

Poole notched her eighth match of 2017 where she led the Thorobrettes in kills, accounting for a team-high 13 in the victory.

Sophomore Hannah Smyers notched a team-high 19 assists and had registered double-digit assists in every match this season.

KSU 3 BC 0

Junior middle blocker Landri Greathouse paved the way for KSU in the third and final match of the day, as she notched a team-high 10 kills.

KSU outlasted the Lady Tigers 51-33, as the two battled throughout each set. The Thorobrettes jumped on every opportunity as BC committed 30 errors in its second match of the day.

Defensively, freshman libero Gabriella Garcia turned in her best performance of the season with a career-high 22 digs.

by Eric Mathews

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