The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes volleyball team held court to win the 2009 MVSU / Jessie L. Harris Tournament - going undefeated on the weekend.
Hosting Alcorn State, Southern and Alabama State, the Devilettes were able to push their win streak to four matches and give the home fans a small glimpse of the season hoping to come.
On Friday, the tournament began with Southern downing Alabama State in straight sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-15). Banaka Okwoune led Southern with eight kills and seven blocks while Keksye Hall guided Alabama State with five kills.
Mississippi Valley got their first win of the weekend as they defeated Alabama State in four sets (25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17). Kantessa Bryant had 11 kills, three aces and three blocks whiel Maura Moed added 10 kills, three aces and five blocks. Both Lonnie Hoff and Shonese Evans tallied nine kills in the match. For Alabama State, Sierra Caudle led the team with 10 kills while Caudle and Jessica Holt each had four blocks.
Match three of the weekend saw Mississippi Valley State take on in-state rival Alcorn State. In a tough match, the Devilettes pulled off a four-set win (25-12, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15). Moed led the Devilettes with 16 kills, four aces and three blocks while Bryant added eight kills and three aces. Erica Pratcher led the Lady Braves with seven kills and two aces.
In the fourth match of the day, Southern downed Alcorn State in straight sets (26-24, 25-16, 25-19). La Creesha Allen and Candace Southall led Southern with seven and six kills, respectively. Brittany Watts and Ashley Kerl each had four kills for the Lady Braves.
On Saturday, Alabama State defeated Alcorn State in a tough match (25-5, 25-10, 25-20). Jessica Holt had eight kills, two aces and two blocks while Sierra Caudle finished with seven kills and two aces. Kesha Roberson, Erica Pratcher and Ashley Kerl each had two kills for Alcorn State.
In the tournament finale, host MVSU downed Southern in a match filled with blocks and tough kills. Evans led MVSU with 11 kils and five blocks while Maura Moed added 10 kills, three aces and three blocks. Kantessa Bryant tallied nine kille and three blocks. For Southern Jaquincia Williams had 11 kills and four blocks while Candace Southall and La Creesha Allen each had 10 kills.