NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After starting the OVC slate 0-2 this past weekend the Tigers look to build momentum against their cross-town rivals on Tuesday.
Over the weekend Tennessee State played host to Eastern Kentucky on Friday and Morehead State on Saturday. The Tigers were unable to pickup a victory falling to 0-2 in their OVC schedule.
On Friday the Tigers and Eastern Kentucky went toe-to-toe to begin the conference season for both schools. The Colonels came through with a straight sets victory even though each team manage to answer each other’s runs throughout the night. Senior outside hitter Naomi Wells led TSU in kills with 17 as the Tigers out hit the Colonels 34-29.
Tennessee State returned to action Saturday for a tilt with three-time defending OVC regular season champion, Morehead State. The Eagles would prevail in the matchup winning in straight sets. Although, freshman Arijana Anderson would shine in the match recording a career high 13 kills including a seven kill third set. While racking up her seven kills in the third frame Anderson would post a .700 hitting percentage.
TSU will look to get on the board in the OVC standings when they welcome preseason east division favorite Belmont.
Junior outside hitter Naomi Wells will lead the offensive attack for TSU in Tuesday night’s showdown. The Huntsville, Ala. native having another stellar season for the Tigers as she ranks the top 10 of the OVC in numerous statistical categories including leading the conference in kills and points per set.
The Bruins come into the contest with an 8-10 record and a 1-1 mark in conference. Belmont split their matchups this weekend dropping their conference opener on Friday to Morehead State 3-0 following the loss with a 3-0 win over Eastern Kentucky the following day.
Belmont is lead by a pair of preseason All-OVC selections in seniors Hannah Miranda and Jen Myer. Miranda is a setter for the Briuns racking up an OVC leading 680 assists while ranking second in assists per set averaging 9.86 helpers.
Tuesday’s first serve is set for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall and admission is free to fans of all ages.