Saturday, November 13, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (5-27, 2-14 OVC) was unable to string together a strong enough offensive effort to upset third-place Ohio Valley Conference team Jacksonville State (20-8, 10-6 OVC) on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tigers dropped their final home game, 3-0, to the Gamecocks. The Lady Tigers kept game one tight until Jacksonville State rallied behind the serving of Annie O'Connor, who racked up four unanswered points to put the Gamecocks up by six, 17-11. That would be as close as Tennessee State would come as Kisha West served out the remainder of the game for the 30-16 win. The second game saw the Gamecocks jump out to another early lead. Behind West, JSU gained a 10-point lead, 19-9. Still down 10 at 25-15, the Lady Tigers made their move to regain points. Tennessee State capitalized on back-to-back attack errors and a service ace by freshman Allyson Buckner (Humble, Texas), forcing a JSU timeout. The Gamecocks recouped fast and Abbey Vierling served out the rest of the game for the 30-18 win. Junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) opened the third game with a service ace, her second of the match. Tennessee State would move to within five, 20-15, with Buckner serving again. The Gamecocks called timeout to regroup and halted TSU's longest rally of the match before pulling away for the 30-21 win. Shari Weyer and Jessica Starck led the Gamecocks with 15 and 14 kills, respectively while Kisha West and Emily Withers contributed 16 and 10 digs, respectively. Buckner led the Lady Tigers with seven kills while classmate Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) and junior Catherine Armwood (Durham N.C.) each added seven digs. Tennessee State finishes the 2004 season with an overall record of 5-27. The Lady Tigers went 2-14 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents, picking up the most league wins in the last seven years.