Mobile, Ala. – The Tennessee State volleyball team dropped its second game in as many chances at the Jaguar Invitational in Mobile, Ala. The Tigers fell 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 10-25) to Georgia Southern and is now 0-2 to start the season, while the Eagles improved to 2-0.
As a team, TSU hit just .057 as they recorded 29 kills with 24 errors in 88 attempts. Naomi Wells once again led the team in kills with nine. Shuantia Carr registered the highest hitting percentage with more than ten attempts. Carr hit .273 with six kills and three errors in 11 attempts.
Erika Moss finished with 26 assists, while Ileanushka Maldanado led with nine digs and Katie Burnett topped TSU with two service aces.
Head coach Kathy Roulhac had to call a timeout four plays into the first game as GSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead. After the timeout, the Tigers charged back with three straight points highlighted by a pair of kills by Carr. The Eagles grabbed a six point advantage at 14-8 before TSU took the lead by scoring eight straight points. An Eagle attack error started the run and was followed with kills by Carr and Wells that sandwiched an ace by Burnett. A GSU timeout did not slow down the Tigers as Carr and Moss teamed up for a pair of blocks. Wells slammed home a kill to give TSU a 16-14 advantage. With the Tigers leading 17-15, GSU went on a run of their own scoring six straight points making the score 21-17. Coach Roulhac’s squad could only manage a couple more points as the Eagles claimed the first game 25-19.
Game two started the same as game one with GSU racing to a 4-0 lead. The Eagles controlled the game maintaining a six-to-seven point lead. Down 20-12, the Tigers started to chip away at the Eagles as they received kills by Taylor Swayzer, Wells, and Carr to go along with service aces from Moss, Burnett and Wells to cut the deficit to three as they trailed 23-20. Georgia Southern would secure the final two points for a 25-20 win.
GSU closed out the Tigers in three as they earned a 25-10 win. TSU committed nine errors opposed to just seven kills in 23 attempts for a -.087 hitting percentage in the final game. The Eagles hit .333 with seven kills and one error in 18 attempts.
The Tigers will face Southern Utah at 4:30pm in their final match of the Jaguar Invitational.