NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After downing Tennessee Tech earlier in the month, 3-0, the Tigers will play host to the Golden Eagles on Tuesday at Pearl-Cohn High School Tuesday night.
Last week, Tennessee State posted a 2-1 record besting Memphis and UT Martin before dropping a match to Southeast Missouri. In the match against Southeast, senior setter Erika Moss eclipsed the 4,000 assist mark becoming the first Tiger to reach that distinction.
For the weekend, Moss picked up 133 assists (10.23 aps) and 59 digs (4.54 dps) to continue her versatile play for Big Blue. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native recorded her best performance in the Tigers five set win over American Conference foe Memphis, with 47 assists, paired with 21 digs for a double-double.
Moss’ offensive counterpart junior Naomi Wells had another solid week, coming off of her OVC Offensive player of the week honors. Wells put down 48 kills (3.69 kps), 7 blocks (0.54 bps) and had 38 digs (2.9 dps). The Huntsville, Ala. native’s week included double-double performances against Memphis and Southeast Missouri. For Wells, her 3.72 kills and 4.25 points per set lead the OVC.
Defensively, junior Sherryce Butler continued to shine on the block, including a 12 kill and 10 block double-double against Memphis.
Tuesday night will mark the second and final regular season match-up between Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.
Since the two teams last met, Tennessee Tech is in the midst of a four game losing skid, including two losses on the road to Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. During the streak, the Golden Eagles have not won a set.
In the first contest in Cookeville, Tenn. Big Blue swept the home team, (25-16, 25-17, 25-17), in one of their most dominant performances of the year. Wells rattled off 12 kills while posting a .346 hitting percentage to lead TSU’s offensive charge.
For Tech, it was the play of senior outside hitter Natalie Penrod who paced the Golden Eagles with 10 kills, but other than that the Tigers shut down the opponent’s attack holding them to a .048 hitting percentage.
Tuesday’s contest will be held at nearby Pearl-Cohn High School, with first serve slated for 6 p.m.