Kennesaw, Ga. - The Tennessee State volleyball team was swept in straight sets in the final two matches of the KSU Owls Invitational by North Carolina Central (19-25, 26-28, 22-25) and Troy (17-25, 22-25, 15-25).
TSU (4-7) hit a paltry .098 on the day and committed 47 errors.
The Tigers were once again led by sophomore outside hitter Naomi Wells who had 22 kills. Sherryce Butler, Jordan Piper and Lindsay Hornsby also had double-digit kills for TSU.
Junior setter Erika Moss was a bright spot for TSU on the day, recording 52 assists for an average of 8.67 assists per set.
Wells was also a force on defense and led the team with 22 digs and five blocks. Senior defensive specialist Calasia Williams was not far behind with 18 digs of her own.
Butler and Wells recorded kills to begin the game against NCCU and put TSU up 2-0 early. The Eagles quickly tied the game at three when Moss hit a bad set. From there NCCU went on a 15-4 run to take a commanding lead. Hornsby and Piper got TSU within four at 20-16, but kills from Eagle attackers put the Tigers at a one set to none disadvantage.
The sides traded points to start the second period and Piper tied the game at 8 with a kill that was assisted by Moss. The rest of the set would feature four team timeouts and a back and forth scoring flurry. With the match tied at 26, a TSU error and a kill from NCCU ended the match at 28-26 in favor of the Eagles.
The Tigers fell behind 6-10 early in the match's final set, but the Tigers clawed back late to get within one at 22-23. Another late error again doomed the Tigers, and NCCU escaped with a 3-0 victory that was much closer than the score would indicate.
The Tigers seemed overmatched early in the first set against Troy and fell behind 5-10. However, the Tigers hung around until the end of the set and were down by four, 15-19. TSU couldn't complete the comeback and Troy ended the set on a 6-2 run that included four kills by the team's attackers.
The second period of the match proved to be much more competitive and the team's opened to a 9-9 tie. An 11-3 Troy run from that point gave the squad an insurmountable lead and Troy ended the set with four consecutive kills from Blair Winston.
Already behind by two sets, the Tigers found themselves down 2-8 early in the match's final frame. Nine errors compared to just eight kills doomed TSU and the team fell 15-25.
TSU will seek to get back in the win column in the team's first home match of the season on Sept. 11 against Arkansas Pine-Bluff at 7 p.m.