Nashville, Tenn. - After a loss to Austin Peay ended a four-game winning streak, the Tennessee State volleyball team (14-11, 8-4 OVC) will try to get back into the win column with three matches this week.
The Tigers are set to tangle with the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M tomorrow night at 6 p.m. before returning to OVC play this weekend for home contests against Morehead State on Nov. 2 and Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 3.
One key for the team's success this season has been the tandem of sophomore outside hitter Naomi Wells and junior setter Erika Moss.
Moss has done a tremendous job setting up Wells and other TSU attackers so far this season, and now has 919 assists on the year. She has also been especially effective as of late, recording 11 straight matches with at least 30 assists. She is currently fifth in the OVC with 10 assists per set.
Moss has been floating the ball up perfectly and Wells has been slamming it home. She recorded 21 kills in the Tigers' recent loss to Austin Peay. She has also been hot as of late, tallying at least 12 kills in eight straight matches. She is second in the conference with 4.2 points per set.
Wells, Moss and the rest of the Tigers will play their last non-conference match of the season on Oct. 30 when the team travels to Alabama A&M (8-17, 5-1 SWAC). The Bulldogs are 5-0 at home and have won three straight matches, but the squad is 0-3 against OVC opponents so far this season. The team has dropped contests to Belmont, Morehead State and UT Martin, and has won just one set during those matches. The Bulldogs are led by Clairissa Moore who has 313 kills this season and is averaging nearly four kills per set.
After the brief road trip, the Tigers return home to square off against the OVC-leading Morehead State Eagles (20-6, 12-0 OVC). Morehead State beat TSU earlier this year, 3-0 and has won every match since then. The Eagles have been getting it done both offensively and defensively, and currently lead the conference in opponent's hitting percentage while trailing just Austin Peay in offensive hitting percentage. The Eagles also have three players in the top ten in points per set.
The Tigers final opponent of the week will be Eastern Kentucky (8-15, 5-7 OVC) for senior day. The Colonels will be looking for revenge after TSU beat them 3-1 on their home court. EKU ranks 11th in the OVC in hitting percentage, assists, kills and blocks, but trail only TSU in service aces per set. Ashley Edmund has led the Colonels so far this season and is now sixth in the conference in points per set with 3.6.
The action starts tomorrow night at 6 p.m. when the Tigers travel to Alabama A&M and continues this weekend with a 7 p.m. match against Morehead State and a 2 p.m. clash with the Colonels of EKU. Come support the Tigers this weekend as they try to topple top-ranked Morehead State and sweep the season series against EKU for senior day.
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