NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the careers of Erika Moss and Naomi Wells the duo has done it all and in many cases rewrote the record book doing it. The two closed out their home slate on Saturday with a hard-fought 3-1 loss to SIU Edwardsville.
The Tigers posted another dynamic offensive effort with three attackers posting double-digit kill totals. Junior Taylor Swayzer led the group with 13 winners. Redshirt junior Naomi Wells and freshman Arijana Anderson both recorded 10 kills.
Senior Erika Moss recorded 40 assists and 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
The Tigers scored first in the opening stanza, with back-to-back points to open the frame. SIUE didn’t take long to tie the match connecting on the next three points to take their first lead, 3-2.
With the Cougars trailing 8-7, the Tigers made a 7-2 run to push the lead out to six at 15-9. The span was highlighted by three kills from freshman Arijana Anderson.
On two occasions the Cougars trimmed the TSU lead down to three points, with the final time coming at 18-15. Tennessee State closed out on a 7-2 run to win the set, 25-17.
Tennessee State hit .500 in the first frame with junior Sherryce Butler posted a .667 attacking percentage with four kills. Butler wasn’t the only one with multiple kills; she was joined by freshman Arijana Anderson (4), junior Naomi Wells (3) and junior Taylor Swayzer (2).
The Cougars came out with a fire in the second set to take a 14-2 lead. Tennessee State didn’t back down as they used a hotstreak of its own to get back into the match.
TSU used a 10-2 run to cut the lead down to four points at 16-12. During the run the Tigers picked up two kills from Swayzer and two Butler Blocks to ignite the run.
After the run SIUE closed out the set on a 9-2 run of their own to take the second set 25-14, sending the teams to the locker room deadlocked at one set apiece.
Out of the Break the Cougars raced out to an 8-5 lead. TSU answered back with three straight kills, from Swzayer, Butler and Anderson, to level the match at 8-8. A timeout from SIUE propelled the Cougars on a 6-2 run to gain a 14-10 lead. Tennessee State scored the next two points to close within two at 14-12.
That’s as close as the Tigers got as the home team dropped the third set 25-19, giving them the 2-1 set lead.
In the fourth frame the two clubs traded lead changes in the early goings. With the set tied at 5-5 the visitors rattled off four straight points to take the 9-5 lead.
With the Cougars leading 13-8, TSU rattled off six straight points to regain the lead 14-13. During the run, Swayzer put down three kills to pace the Big Blue attack.
After SIUE retook the lead 18-16, coach Kathy Roulhac used a timeout to rally the group. The Tigers answered with four of the next five points to take a 20-19 lead.
In the closing moments the two teams traded points. A Wells kill put TSU one point away from taking the set, 24-23. Each team came within one point of closing the set, sending the match to extend the match to extra points. The Cougars closed out the set 30-28 to win the match 3-1.
Tennessee State will return to action this week when they travel to Morehead State for the OVC tournament.