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Volleyball prepares for OVC tournament


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 11/17/2011
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2011 OVC TOURNAMENT TIME
The 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Championship field is set. Morehead State earned the top seed and the right to host the three-day event that will take place Nov. 17-19. Tennessee State earned the second seed followed by UT Martin, Southeast Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State

As the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, Morehead State and Tennessee State receive first-round byes. TSU will face the winner of match one (UT Martin/ Jacksonville State) in the semifinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Wetherby Gym.

LAST TIME OUT
In the final regular season match of the year, Tennessee State defeated Southeast Missouri State on the road. The Tigers were trailing the contest, 2-1, when they battled back to win consecutive sets on the way to the victory. The set scores were: 25-19, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11.

Shaquita Williams led TSU with 22 kills behind a .306 hitting percentage while Sherryce Butler posted a season-high 16 kills. Five players registered double-digits in digs led by Terakka Walker's 20. Britani Hathorn (18), Erika Moss (17), Calasia Williams (12) and Rachel Ambroch (12) also notched double figures.

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tennessee State University volleyball senior Shaquita Williams was named the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year while senior Terakka Walker and sophomore Erika Moss also earned All-OVC team honors.  

Williams becomes the first Tennessee State volleyball player to receive Player of the Year honors since the award began in 1985. This also marks the first time that TSU has had three-players on the first-team. The Tigers had three-players to garner All-OVC second team honors in 2005.  

TSU RETURNS TO THE TOURNAMENT
2011 marks the first time Tennessee State has made an OVC tournament appearance since the 2007 season. In 2007, The Lady Tigers entered the event as the No. 4 seed but topped Murray State in the quarterfinals, host and defending champion Jacksonville State in the semifinals and Morehead State in the championship. TSU earned the program's first NCAA tournament berth and faced No. 11 national seed Hawaii in the first round of the National Volleyball Championship. TSU eventually fell to Hawaii in three sets.  

TSU's only other OVC Championship was the 2005 regular season title.

TEAM LEADERS
Tennessee State is led by Shaquita Williams with 3.80 kills per set and a .308 hitting percentage. She also leads the team in service aces (58) and blocks (74). Terakka Walker is second on the team in kills (2.85 kps) while Danielle Howell (2.18 kps) rounds out the top three scorers for TSU.
Britani Hathorn paces the Tiger defense with 4.11 digs per frame while Walker registers 3.02 per outing.

COVERAGE
The entire tournament will be shown on OVCsports.tv while live stats will be available on msueagles.com.

TOURNAMENT FIELD
FIRST ROUND
- THURSDAY, NOV. 17 - Morehead, Ky.
Match 1 - #3 UT Martin vs. #6 Jacksonville State - 4:30 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)
Match 2 - #4 Southeast Missouri vs. #5 Eastern Kentucky - 7 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)

SEMIFINALS - FRIDAY, NOV. 18 - Morehead, Ky.
Match 3 - #2 Tennessee State vs. Match 1 winner - 4:30 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)
Match 4 - #1 Morehead State vs. Match 2 winner - 7 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)

CHAMPIONSHIP - SATURDAY, NOV. 19
Match 5 - Championship - 6 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)

*ALL TIMES EASTERN


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