Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Tennessee State volleyball team fell to Southeast Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2-3 (16-25, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 10-15).
TSU (10-10, 5-3 OVC) hit just .091 in the match while SEMO (16-7, 8-0 OVC) held a .255 hitting percentage.
A day after having 60 assists in the win at UT Martin, junior setter Erika Moss tallied 57 in the losing effort. She now has recorded at least 30 assists in eight of TSU's last nine matches.
For the second consecutive match, TSU had four attackers reach double-digits in kills, but freshman middle blocker Lindsay Hornsby led the Tigers in this match with 16. Sophomores Naomi Wells and Sherryce Butler each had 13 kills while fellow sophomore Rachel Ambroch had 11.
The Tigers had five players finish with at least 10 digs for the first time all season. Ambroch led all Tigers with 16 digs- her highest output all year.
Moss recorded a kill to start the match and Hornsby later added one of her own to put the Tigers in the lead, 8-6. However, SEMO would fight back and eventually went up 14-10, prompting a timeout from TSU. Three Tiger errors followed and Southeast Missouri increased its lead to seven at 19-12. Tennessee State just couldn't quite get back into the set as SEMO's attackers kept scoring kills.
SEMO held an early advantage in period two until back-to-back kills from Ambroch tied the score at 11. The two sides traded points until a couple of SEMO errors put TSU up by three. Southeast Missouri called time to regroup, but TSU kept adding to its lead with kills from Butler. Eventually, SEMO found its offense again and trailed the Tigers by just one at 24-23. Moss set up dig and Hornsby slammed the ball over the net to give TSU a narrow set victory.
Tennessee State raced out to a 3-0 lead to start the third frame on the backs of three SEMO errors. The Redhawks tied the score at four, but more errors and a kill from Butler made the score 11-6 in favor of TSU. Southeast Missouri got back to within three, but the Tigers then went on a 5-1 run to give them an 18-11 lead. The run prompted SEMO to take its second timeout of the frame, but its 9-7 run to end the set meant that TSU was now up two sets to one.
Southeast Missouri looked like a completely different team to start the fourth frame and TSU quickly found itself down 6-12. The impressive run to start the period forced TSU to call for a breather and a kill from Wells eventually cut SEMO's lead to four. Back-to-back kills from freshman Emilie Sandve Aase and Ambroch made the score 18-16 in favor of the Redhawks. It was SEMO's turn to take a breather and came out of the timeout with a 5-0 run. The run was too much for TSU to overcome and an error from Hornsby eventually tied the match at two sets apiece.
TSU started the tiebreaker with six attack errors and SEMO capitalized by jumping out to a 9-1 lead. From that point, TSU went on a 6-0 run highlighted by three assisted kills from Hornsby. Three more Tiger errors gave SEMO a five-point cushion and caused TSU to call time. The Tigers couldn't trim SEMO's lead and the Redhwaks won the match on a kill from Emily Coon.
The Tigers will tangle with Memphis in their next match which will be at home on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.