Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State volleyball team won its first home match of the season in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-11) victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Tigers had a season-high .430 hitting percentage in the match, and held the Lady Lions to a .073 clip.
Sophomore outside hitter Sherryce Butler led TSU (5-7) in kills for the first time this season with 15. Fellow sophomore Naomi Wells was not far behind with 13 kills of her own.
Junior setter Erika Moss also had a strong home opener, recording 32 assists and five digs.
Moss's five digs were good enough for fourth on the team, but senior defensive specialist Calasia Williams led the Tigers in the category with eight.
In set one, the teams traded points early and the score was tied at six. TSU head coach Kathy Roulhac called a timeout and her team responded by going on a 12-4 run. A handful of errors and a pair of kills from Wells highlighted the charge. Butler had four kills down the stretch including an emphatic slam to give TSU a one set to none advantage.
The Tigers came out strong to open the second period and leapt out to a 9-2 lead on the heels of more UAPB errors. The Lady Lions won the following two points, but TSU would quickly extend its lead with another long run. Up by 12, the Tigers forced two Lady Lion errors before Wells sent back a potential kill to make the score 22-8. Three points on three straight kills from Wells ended the second game, meaning the Tigers would need just one more set victory to win the match.
Butler smashed an assisted kill over the net for the first point of set three, making it clear that a fourth fame would not be needed. TSU raced out to a 9-4 start to begin the match and didn't look back. Midway through the period, Moss had two outstanding assists that Wells promptly killed to give the Tigers a 16-7 lead. A UAPB timeout couldn't save the Lady Lions and Butler finished them off with three straight kills to end the match.
TSU will have the weekend off before returning to the court on Sept. 21 at Eastern Kentucky and Sept. 22 at Morehead State. The two matches mark the first OVC contests for the Tigers this season.