NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the midst of a five-game road swing, the Tigers look to regroup Friday when they pay a visit to Murray State.
Tennessee State (9-13, 5-6) comes into tomorrow’s matchup following a loss to Western Division power Austin Peay on Tuesday. In the match, freshman Arijana Anderson shinned, with an 11 kill performance, all while hitting .320 from the floor. Anderson also picked up a career high two blocks on the defensive side of the court.
The Tigers take on another Western Division foe in Murray State (13-11, 3-7) Friday at 7 p.m. in the Bluegrass State. Murray State is coming off of a 3-0 sweep of SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. Freshman outside hitter Scottie Ingram lead the Racers in kills with 11 and hit a game high .474.
Prior to last weekend’s match, the Racers had lost four consecutive OVC contests including back-to-back losses to Western Division leader Eastern Illinois.
Junior Naomi Wells continues to lead the way for the Tigers on the offensive end with 285 kills this year, averaging 3.65 kills per set. Wells’ performances last week against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State earned the Huntsville, Ala. native OVC Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The honor was the second of the year for Wells.
As a team TSU ranks sixth in the OVC with 12.79 kills per set in conference matches. The conference attack is aided by Wells (3.39 kills per set) and Anderson (3.31 kills per set), who rank fourth and seventh respectively.
Wells has also exceled digging up opponents’ attack and has posted nine double-doubles this season.
Tennessee State’s offense is directed by senior Erika Moss, who currently ranks third in the conference with 10.14 assists per game. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native has shined on the defensive end as well posting nine double-doubles, using the assists-digs combination.
Friday’s opposition is the second best attacking team in the conference with an average of 13.11 kills per set. Sophomore Alyssa Lelm leads the charge for the Racers with 3.21 kills per set, the seventh best mark in the OVC. Sophomore setter Sam Bedard is the catalyst of the Racers’ potent attack averaging 9.84 helpers a game.
Last season, TSU downed Murray State 3-1 in Nashville. Wells posted 16 kills and 15 digs picking up a double-double in the match. The Huntsville, Ala. native’s impressive performance was highlighted by her .464 hitting percentage on the night.
For the Racers it was, then freshman, Emily Schmahl leading the way with eight kills and three digs in the loss.