Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State's volleyball match against Jacksonville State on Saturday, Oct. 6 has been moved to an 11 a.m. start time. The decision to move the game up three hours was made due to the possibility of heavy football traffic.
The time change will not affect the team's match against Tennessee Tech which will still take place at home on Oct. 5 at the regularly scheduled time of 7 p.m.
The Tigers are coming off of a week that saw them win a pair of OVC contests and improve their overall record to 8-8.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Ambroch was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week after tallying 34 kills in two matches. She also led the Tigers with a .778 hitting percentage in the 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois.
She and sophomore outside hitter Naomi Wells have been terrific on the offensive end all season. They have a combined 331 kills and Wells is currently second in the OVC with 4.11 points per set.
Junior setter Erika Moss also won a conference award for her play last week as the OVC tabbed her as its Setter of the Week. In two matches, she compiled 85 assists and tied her season high in assists with 49 against Belmont. She is now averaging 9.11 assists per set which is one of the best averages in the conference.
Defensively, senior libero Britani Hathorn has led TSU all year and now has 213 digs in 16 matches. She had 22 digs in the win at Belmont followed by 15 versus EIU. Her 3.74 digs per set average currently ranks her eighth in the OVC.
Tennessee Tech limps into Friday's match sporting a 2-14 overall record and having yet to win a conference match. Last week, the Golden Eagles lost to Jacksonville State, 0-3, and dropped a heartbreaking 2-3 home contest to UT Martin.
Currently, TTU is at the bottom of the OVC in hitting percentage, assists per set and kills per set. However, the team is second in the conference in blocks per set with 2.33. Most of the team's blocks come from six-foot-two senior Kelsey Gray whose average of 1.25 per set rank second in the conference.
In Saturday's showcase, TSU will take on 9-9 Jacksonville State. JSU is coming off of a 1-1 week that included a straight set victory over Tennessee Tech and a straight set home loss to Southeast Missouri State. The loss to SEMO was the Gamecock's first conference loss of the season.
The key player for Jacksonville State is senior Jen Meyer who is the team leader in kills with 167. She is also fourth in the OVC with a .292 hitting percentage in the 65 sets she has played this season.
The Tigers will look to improve to 5-1 in conference play when they take on Tennessee Tech on Friday night before hosting Jacksonville at 11 a.m. on the following day.