Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team won the first set before dropping three straight in a, 3-1, loss to Jacksonville State Friday night in Kean Hall.
The set scores were: 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 23-25.
Liza Senenkova paced the Gamecocks (9-16, 7-8 OVC) with 13 kills while Lauren Harkins (16), Alina Agamy (14), Abbey Heredia (12), Hivya Leite (11) and Kelly Cole (10) each tallied double figure digs for JSU.
In the opening set, Tennessee State used four unanswered points to go ahead, 11-7. Jacksonville State, however, responded with a 7-3 run to pull even at 14-all. After trading points over the next few rallies, TSU managed to go back up, 20-17. The Tigers held off a Gamecock rally and went on to win the set, 25-23.
The early part of the second set was a see-saw battle full of high energy from both teams. After playing to a, 9-9, deadlock, JSU used a spurt to grab a 14-10 lead. The Gamecocks stretched their advantage to, 20-13, on a net violation by the Tigers before going on to win, 25-19.
The score was knotted, 11-11, in the third frame when JSU outscored TSU, 6-1, to capture a 17-12 lead. TSU cut the deficit down to just three points (19-16) before JSU moved ahead, 24-17. The Tigers battled to hold off four set points but the Gamecocks held on to win, 25-21. TSU only hit .070 in the contest.
TSU used a timeout after JSU went ahead, 17-14, behind three unanswered points in the fourth set. The Tigers clawed back within one, twice, before consecutive points from the Gamecocks made the score, 24-21, in favor of the visitors. Following the Tigers' second timeout of the frame, back-to-back kills from Terakka Walker and Shaquita Williams pulled TSU to within one, 24-23. JSU, however, managed to keep the Tigers at bay and escape with the win.
Tennessee State finished the match with 45 kills and a .068 hitting percentage while Jacksonville State hit .161 and tallied 46 kills.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow when they host Tennessee Tech. Match time is slated for 2 p.m. in Kean Hall.