Edwardsville, Ill. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win over SIU Edwardsville Saturday afternoon in the Vadalabene Center.
TSU (13-8, 9-5 OVC) dropped the opening set before coming back to win three-straight in the victory over SIUE (9-16, 4-9 OVC). The set scores were: 17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-23.
Terakka Walker recorded a double-double and led TSU with 16 kills to go with 11 digs. Shaquita Williams posted 15 kills while Danielle Howell added 13. Walker, Williams and Howell also combined for 16 of TSU's 21 blocks.
SIUE had three players post double-digits in kills led by Jessica Hemann's 14. Kelsey Augustine and Brianne Graunke notched 10 each. Chelsea Colclasure turned in a match-best 21 digs.
After only hitting .171 in the opening set loss, Tennessee State bounced back with a scorching .576 hitting percentage in the second set and captured the win, 25-22, to even the match, 1-1.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle that took extra points to decide. TSU was trailing, 24-23, when a kill by Shaquita Williams evened the score. The next two plays saw SIUE commit consecutive attack errors to push TSU to the win.
Much like the third, the fourth set was closely contested. The teams played to a 20-20 tie before a kill from Rachel Ambroch and two kills from Terakka Walker put TSU up, 23-20. The Cougars pulled to within one but timely kills from Danielle Howell and Ambroch helped TSU squeeze out the, 25-23, win.
Tennessee State finished the match with 61 kills behind a .225 hitting percentage. SIU Edwardsville tallied 59 kills and hit .213.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, Oct. 28 against Jacksonville State. The Tigers will host the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall. TSU claimed the first meeting of the season, 3-1, at JSU.