Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State Volleyball team (5-7) will open conference play this weekend with a pair of road games.
The Tigers' first contest will be on Friday, Sept 21 at 7:00 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky while the second will occur on the following day at 2:00 p.m. when the team travels to Morehead State.
TSU is coming off of a win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first home game of the season. Sophomores Sherryce Butler and Naomi Wells recorded 15 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead the offensive attack that swept UAPB, 3-0.
Butler and Wells have been a force for the Tigers all year. Both have over 100 kills this season, and Wells' 3.93 kills per set leads the conference. The club also hopes to return sophomore Rachel Ambroch who has missed the past eight contests. Ambroch sported a .323 hitting percentage before going down with a leg injury.
Wells is also performing well on defense and currently has 101 digs on the young season. However, Wells trails team-leader senior libero Britani Hathorn by 30 digs. Hathorn had seven digs in the win over UAPB.
Facilitating the offense and defense this year has been junior setter Erika Moss. She has 370 sets on the year and recorded her sixth 30-plus assist match of the season against the Lady Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. She is currently fourth in the OVC in assists per set with 8.81.
The team's first opponent of the weekend will be the Colonels of EKU. The Colonels are 3-7 on the season, but will limp into the match against TSU having won just one match out of their last eight.
EKU ranks near the bottom of the conference in almost every category, but one bright spot for the team has been Abbey Cvelbar who is tenth in the conference in assists per set with 7.5.
Last season, the Tigers won both matches against EKU, but the Colonels lead the all-time series 8-42.
Following the match against Eastern Kentucky, the TSU volleyball team will travel to Morehead, Ky. for a date with the Eagles.
Morehead State is 8-6 on the season and is currently on a six match winning streak. The team has also won eight of its past nine contests including a win over Missouri on Sept. 7.
Currently, the Eagles are second in the conference in hitting percentage, but lead the OVC in opponent hitting percentage, holding foes to a .150 clip. A major factor in the team's success has been the play of the team's offensive duo of Ellie Roberson and Aryn Bohannon. The pair sits at two and three on the conference kill list, trailing only Jada Stotts of Austin Peay in total kills.
The Tigers lost both matches to the Eagles last season and hold an 8-39 record in the series.