Nashville --- Despite a hard-fought third set, the Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Morehead State, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State struggled through sets one and two only hitting -.176 in the first and .083 in the second. The Tigers, however, improved in the third frame and hit .263 while tallying 14 kills; nearly as many as the first two sets combined.
Overall, TSU (6-12, 4-6 OVC) finished with 31 kills and hit .065 in the match while MSU (15-7, 9-1 OVC) notched 44 kills and a .327 hitting percentage.
The TSU offense was non-existent in the first set as the Tigers' only two points through the first twelve came from kills from Shaquita Williams. Morehead St. hit .348 in the set and swelled its advantage to 20-4 before cruising to the, 25-7, win.
TSU improved its level of play in the second set and jumped out to a 6-2 lead. The Eagles responded with a run to tie the score, 7-7, and the teams traded points over the next few rallies. With the frame knotted, 11-11, MSU used a 6-1 run to move ahead, 17-12. TSU put together a small spurt down the stretch but it wasn't enough as MSU held on to win, 25-21.
After falling behind, 10-4, in the third set, the Tigers clawed to within one, 12-11, leading to a Morehead State timeout. A kill by Vicmari Prospero tied the set, 15-15, but MSU managed to jump back on top, 20-16.
The Tigers continued to fight and forged yet another comeback. TSU faced set point and trailed, 24-21, when kills from Shaquita Williams and Terakka Walker, followed by a service ace by Williams evened the score, 24-24.
The Tigers took the lead, 25-24, when Williams landed her second straight ace but the Eagles answered with a kill from Kaitlin Craven. The next two plays saw TSU commit back-to-back attack errors, allowing MSU to escape with the win.
Emma Keough and Annie Gruenschlaegar paced the Eagles with nine kills each as Lix Schuler tallied a team best 12 digs.
TSU returns to action on Friday, Oct.22 at Murray State.