NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After four years as the Tennessee State setter, senior Erika Moss continues to reach accomplishments never seen before at TSU. Saturday it was eclipsing 4,000 assists, with a dish to junior Sherryce Butler in the first stanza.
Moss paced the Tigers attack compiling 45 assists, with junior Naomi Wells and freshman Arijana Anderson totaling 13 kills apiece.
On the block junior Sherryce Butler continued her strong play with four blocks on the day. Both Wells and Moss coupled their strong offensive numbers with double digit digs of 13 and 21 respectively to record double-doubles. Junior Katie Burnett also posted double-digits in digs with 13.
The first frame started with Southeast Missouri (12-11, 4-4) scoring on 10 of the first 14 points, and taking a strangehold on the lead at 10-4. Tennessee State (7-12, 3-5) rebounded with a 4-1 run to trim the Redhawks advantage down to three, 11-8.
Tennessee State continued their rally, closing to within one point twice before leveling the set at, 17-17, off of a junior Sherryce Butler kill assisted by Erika Moss. The helper marked the 4,000th career assist in the seniors illustrious career, as well as becoming the only Tiger in history to reach the plateau.
Southeast closed out the set on an 8-1 run to take the first set, 25-18.
Roles reversed in the second stanza, as TSU claimed the lead 13-11. The teams would trade points, with the Tigers sustaining its slim lead.
Southeast rallied to tie the game at, 18-18, for the first time since 2-2. The tie was short lived as TSU stormed back to regain the lead 23-20. The Redhawks rattled off the last three points to win the set 25-23, and head to the locker room up 2-0 in sets.
The OVC foes traded points out of the locker room, with the set tied at, 6-6, TSU made their charge. Coach Kathy Roulhac and her Tigers made their charge ripping off four straight points and grabbing the 10-6 lead.
Southeast burned a timeout to in an attempt to end the TSU run, the tactic didn’t work as the Tigers went on a 4-1 run, after the Redhawks connected on the first play after the stoppage. TSU’s response gave the Tigers a 14-8 lead.
Tennessee State maintained the six point advantage, 21-15, when the Redhawks used a timeout to rally. The visiting team used four straight points to close within two, 21-19. Four of the next five points came from the Tigers, including two kills from Anderson to claim the third set 25-20, and cut the Southeast lead to 2-1.
TSU battled to grab an 8-6 lead. A 10-4 run from Southeast gave the Redhawks a 16-12 advantage. From there Southeast would close out the set, 25-16, and the match 3-1.
Tennessee State will return to action on Tuesday, when they play host to Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. The contest will be off campus at local Pearl-Cohn High School.