DESPITE SURGES, VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO TENNESSEE TECH
The Tennessee State volleyball team (4-17, 0-9 OVC) dropped the first match of its lone doubleheader to Tennessee Tech (8-12, 3-5 OVC) on Saturday afternoon. The final score of the match was 3-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Game one saw Tennessee Tech jump out to an early 21-13 lead. Strong serving and costly Golden Eagle errors allowed the Lady Tigers to move within three points. TTU quickly called back-to-back timeouts in an attempt to hold off the surging Tennessee State offense. The Golden Eagles were able to recoup and go on to take game one, 30-24. Game two of the match was hotly contested from the beginning. Behind the consistent serving of senior Jennifer Corral (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the Lady Tigers were able to knot the score at seven after recording five straight points. However, it was not enough to hold off Tennessee Tech as it went on to take game two, 30-20. After the break, a fired of Tennessee State team came onto the court ready to force the match to extra games. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 14-6 lead early in the final game. Tennessee Tech attempted to keep pace with the victory-hungry Lady Tigers. The Golden Eagles were finally able to tie the game at 19 before moving up by one point for their first lead of the third game. Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers could not keep their stranglehold on Tennessee Tech and TTU went on to take game three, 30-22. Laura Sidoroeicz led the Golden Eagles with 14 kills while Laura Tyburski contributed 14 digs. Kelly Cannon recorded three service aces. For the Lady Tigers, Corral and sophomore Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) recorded kills in the double digits (14, 10 respectively). Wright also hit a game-high .409. Sophomore Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) added 14 digs and rookie Shelby Myers (Smyrna, Tenn.) contributed 20 set assists. Tennessee State closes out its doubleheader taking on Alabama State at 5:30 p.m.