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Nashville, Tenn. – After finishing the regular season with a 10-6 conference record, the Tennessee State volleyball team enters the OVC Tournament as the fifth overall seed.

The Tigers will play Austin Peay on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Should the Tigers win, they will face the winner of the Morehead State (the host school) versus UT Martin game.

Last week, TSU split a pair of matches versus Belmont and SIUE.

During the week, Sophomore Rachel Ambroch recorded 24 kills over the two matches, including 16 versus the Cougars. She also had four service aces and five blocks against SIUE.  Ambroch also added 23 digs last week. Ambroch currently sits at ninth in the conference with 2.84 kills per set.

Defensively, senior Britani Hathorn had a match-high 18 digs at Belmont and followed that with 25 versus SIUE. She also recorded a pair of service aces in the matches, adding to her conference-leading 0.36 aces per set.

TSU also ranks first in the OVC as a team, recording an average of 1.55 aces per set.

Junior setter Erika Moss had 36 assists in the match with Belmont before recording her fourth 50-plus assist match of the season with 52 versus SIUE. Moss has recorded 30 or more assists in every match since Sept. 22.

Meanwhile, Austin Peay (1715, 10-6 OVC) defeated Murray State and fell to Morehead State last week.

Junior Lauren Henderson led the Lady Govs with 12 kills and a .611 attack percentage against Morehead State. She also recorded a .600 hitting percentage against Murray State, finishing with 11 kills and four blocks.

Sophomore Cami Fields recorded 30-plus assists in both matches. She had 35 assists, 10 digs and three blocks against Murray State. She followed that up with 31 assists against Morehead State.

Nikki Doyle finished the regular-season with 422 kills while Jada Stotts had 407 kills becoming Austin Peay's first duo to finish with 400-plus kills in the same season since 1999.

Austin Peay currently leads the conference with a .226 hitting percentage.

TSU lost to Austin Peay earlier this season 1-3 (25-21, 15-25, 22-25, 25-27) on Oct. 27.

The Tigers will try to keep their season alive with a win against the Lady Govs. The match can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.

 --TSU Tigers--


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