CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State’s longest road swing of the season got off to a rough start on Tuesday dropping its match with Austin Peay, 3-0.
Freshman Arijana Anderson paved the way for Tennessee State (9-13, 5-6) with 11 kills on the night, with a .320 hitting percentage. The Muncie, Ind. native also had a good night on the block, matching her career high with two rejections.
Anderson was joined on the attack by junior Taylor Swayzer, who finished with eight kills and a .222 hitting percentage. Senior sett Erika Moss paced the Tigers attack dishing out 27 assists on the 30 kills totaled by Tennessee State.
Defensively Zoe Sostre continued to perform well picking up three blocks. Libero Ileanushka Moldanado totaled 14 digs on the Lady Govs attacks.
After a tight beginning to the match the Tigers pushed ahead to take a three point advantage, 15-12, after a Sherryce Butler kill. Austin Peay (10-17, 7-4) answered a 6-0 span to take an 18-15 lead.
With APSU leading 22-19, the Tigers went on a 4-0 run, which included a kill from junior Naomi Wells, an ace from Moldanado and two APSU errors. The run gave the Tigers a 23-22 edge.
After the Tigers nudged ahead, the Lady Govs used a timeout in an attempt to disrupt the TSU momentum. The strategy pushed Austin Peay on a run of their own, connecting on three straight points to win the set 25-23.
In the second set, the Lady Govs raced out to a 12-5 lead. Tennessee State used a 5-2 span to trim the home team’s lead to four, 14-10. During the stretch the Tigers’ Anderson and Sostre recorded kills and Moss chipped in a service ace.
APSU returned the favor, with a 4-0 run extending their lead to 18-10. With the Lady Govs a point away from closing out the set, 24-14, the Tigers connected on two straight points, before Austin Peay could close out the set 25-16. The set win gave APSU a 2-0 lead at the break.
The third opened with Austin Peay taking ahold of the lead, 7-3. Tennessee State took little time to respond, using a 3-1 run to cut the host’s lead to just two, at 8-6. The stretch included kills from Anderson and Swayzer.
Late in the set, Austin Peay pulled ahead 20-13. Coach Kathy Roulhac used a timeout to rally her team and the Tigers followed suit closing the gap to four, 21-17. The run was highlighted by two kills from Anderson.
Austin Peay would close out the set from there, with a 4-1 run to finish the stanza with a 25-18 set win to take the match 3-0.
Lauren Henderson led the Lady Govs attack totaling 16.5 points, with 11 kills and six blocks.
TSU returns to action on Friday when they travel to Murray State to take on the Racers. First serve for the contest in Murray is slated for 7 p.m.