LADY TIGERS SCARE BUT UNABLE TO TOPPLE EASTERN KENTUCKY VOLLEYBALL
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (3-21, 0-9 OVC) was on the road to upset undefeated Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Kentucky (19-3, 10-0 OVC) on Friday night but was unable to pull out the win. The Lady Tigers fell to the Colonels, 3-0. TSU kept the opening game tight, halting every Eastern Kentucky attempt to pull away. The Lady Tigers stayed within three points until the Colonels managed a slim, 21-17, lead. A service error moved Tennessee State to 18 points but not before EKU railed off four unanswered points, making the score, 25-18. The Colonels then went on to take the game, 30-21. After dropping game two, 30-10, the Lady Tigers refocued on earning their first OVC contest of the season. Eastern Kentucky jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Tennessee State knotted the game at four. TSU stayed within striking distance until the Colonels pushed for five behind the serving of Lesley Aldridge. With the score at 16-10, EKU surged again for the 30-20 win. Aldridge finished the night with a double-double (13 kills, 16 digs) while Liz Guard added 13 kills. Jessica Sabath led the defensive effort with a team-high 20 digs. Junior Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) and freshman Allyson Buckner (Humble, Texas) each contributed nine kills. Junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) had a team-high 12 digs while classmate Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) notched six block assists and one service ace. Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, October 23 as it hosts Morehead State at Kean Hall. Match time is scheduled for Noon.