VOLLEYBALL DROPS FINAL HOME MATCH OF SEASON TO BELMONT
The Tennessee State volleyball team (6-22, 0-12 OVC) fell in action on Tuesday night to Nashville rival Belmont (5-20). The final score of the match was 3-0 in favor of the Bruins, knotting the series between the two programs at two. Prior to action getting underway, the Lady Tigers said thank you to their two seniors playing in their last home match at Kean Hall, Jennifer Corral (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Kristin King (East St. Louis, Ill.). Tennessee State hoped to carry the festive attitude over into the match but found out in game one that Belmont was eager to match its program-high four-straight wins. The Bruins jumped out to an 11-18 lead and never looked back as they took game one, 30-24. Game two saw the Lady Tigers clawing back. TSU knotted the game 10 times before Belmont pulled ahead, 16-12. Good serving by Josie Hackworth put victory out of the Tennessee State's reach and it dropped the second game, 30-18. Behind the service of sophomore Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas), the Lady Tigers picked up their first lead of the match, scoring four unanswered points. But it was not enough as the Bruins struck back and pulled ahead 16-9 en route to winning game three, 30-21. Corral led Tennessee State with a match-high 18 kills and a .311 hitting percentage while three Lady Tigers recorded digs in the double digits- rookie Shelby Myers (Smyrna, Tenn.), Corral and sophomore Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.). Myers also contributed two service aces and classmate Karolyn Banks (Dayton, Ohio) added two of her own, tying her career-high for the third time this season. Tennessee State returns to action on Friday night as it travels to Murray State for its second meeting of the season with the Lady Racers. Match time is set for 7 p.m.