Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State volleyball team won its fourth OVC contest of the season by defeating Tennessee Tech 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-21).
Leading the way for the Tigers (9-8, 4-1) was freshman middle blocker Lindsay Hornsby who had a team-high and career-best 18 kills.
Defensively, senior libero Britani Hathorn tallied 14 digs and four assists, but junior setter Erika Moss led the Tigers in that category with a match-high 42 assists.
Tennessee Tech (2-15, 0-5) opened the match with an 8-2 run that was highlighted by three blocks. The Tigers clawed back with a pair of kills from Hornsby to make the score 10-6 in favor of the Golden Eagles. TSU's mini-run prompted TTU to take its first timeout of the set to stem the flow of Tiger points. The strategy backfired on the Golden Eagles as TSU cut the lead to one when Tennessee Tech was called for a lane violation. The Tigers quickly tied the set at 16 apiece when freshman middle blocker Emilie Sandve Aase sent back a TTU attack for a point. The sides traded blows for the remainder of the set, but Hornsby finished the Golden Eagles off with a kill from Hornsby.
Hornsby finished the first set with seven kills and one error on 10 chances for a hitting percentage of .600.
The sides played to a 4-4 tie to begin the second frame with sophomore outside hitter Naomi Wells racking up a pair of kills. TSU took a three point lead when sophomore outside hitter Rachel Ambroch tallied consecutive service aces. With score 8-5 in favor of TSU, the Golden Eagles took their first timeout of the set. The stoppage proved to benefit the Tigers as the squad increased its advantage to five when Aase slammed home a kill. From there, TSU went on a 6-3 that featured a rare kill from Moss. Down eight late in the period, TTU used its second timeout and proceeded to go on a small 4-0 run. The momentum was short-lived however; as the Tigers went on to score seven of the frame's final nine points.
The Tigers allowed the Golden Eagles to hit a paltry .040 in the second period.
TSU opened the third set by inching out to a 5-3 lead as Hornsby broke her old career-high in kills by scoring her 14th and 15th on consecutive plays. TTU would then take a three-point advantage on back-to-back TSU errors. After a Tennessee Tech kill to make the score 10-7, TSU head coach Kathy Rouhlac had seen enough and called her first timeout of the match. The pep-talk did little to energize her team as TTU still held the advantage at 15-11 midway through the period. After four straight TSU points to tie the match, it was TTU's turn to call time. Hornsby and Wells each had kills later in the set to give the Tigers a two-point cushion. TSU added to its lead and eventually won the match on a kill from sophomore outside hitter Sherryce Butler.
The Tigers next match is at home tomorrow at 11 a.m. versus OVC-rival, Jacksonville State.
Hear what Hornsby had to say about her career-day below:
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