Nashville, Tenn. - The Tiger volleyball team returned to the court after a week off and dropped a hard fought battle at the Hoosier Classic on Friday afternoon. UAB (8-2) swept TSU (1-3) 21-25, 20-25, 14-25 to earn a 3-0 win on day one of the two day event.
Senior Erika Moss recorded a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs. The Tigers were held to a .066 hitting percentage with Sherryce Butler at the top with a .300 average, while Naomi Wells delivered 13 kills.
The Tigers started fast as they used seven kills, two blocks and a Jaime Cooper service ace to take a 12-7 lead and force the first UAB timeout. Arijana Anderson delivered one of her eight kills out of the break to take a six point lead. The Blazers started to charge back and forced TSU to call a timeout after a 6-1 run. UAB was able to gain advantage as the two teams battled through the mid points with the Tigers tying the score at 20-20 on a kill by Wells. The Blazers would go another run outscoring the Tigers 5-1 to close out the first set 25-21. Both teams registered 13 kills and each finished with a .128 hitting percentage.
Once again, the Tigers would take an early 9-5 lead with five kills and aces by Wells and Ileanushka Maldanado. TSU would run into trouble committing six errors to fall behind 9-11. Another battle through the middle of the set ensued and was capped off with back-to-back kills by Wells and Anderson to even the score at 18-18. UAB would close out the Tigers by using two kills, two aces and three Tiger miscues for a 7-2 surge. The Blazers hit .241, needing just nine kills to secure a 25-20 win. TSU scored 11 kills in 31 attempts for a .032 average.
UAB was awarded a point to start the third set as the officials deemed TSU was late getting back to the court. The Blazers took a quick 4-0 lead before Wells and Shauntia Carr could team up for a block to get the Tigers started. Wells followed with a pair of her match leading 13 kills to cut the deficit to one. With the Tigers trailing 10-12, the Blazers used eight of their 15 kills and four blocks to earn the 25-14 win. UAB outhit TSU .250 to .023 in the final game.
The Tigers will play two matches on the final day of the Hoosier Classic. TSU will open with host Indiana at 11:00am and will close out the day with a matchup with Wyoming.
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