LATE SURGE NOT ENOUGH TO PUSH VOLLEYBALL PAST BELMONT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (4-25, 1-12 OVC) strung together a surge late in the match with crosstown rival Belmont (18-7) but it was too little too late as the Bruins overtook the Lady Tigers, 3-0. TSU's early 2-1 lead would be its only of the opening game as Belmont went on to score eight unanswered points, 14-3. A smash down the right side by freshman Allyson Buckner (Humble, Texas) halted the run and sparked the Lady Tigers. On the next play, classmate Kristen Metz (Saskatchewan, Canada) and junior Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) had a monster block to move Tennessee State within nine, 14-5. The Lady Tigers would attempt to whittle away at the lead but the Bruins held on for the 30-18 win. The second game started in much the same manner as the first with Tennessee State taking the early lead. With Davis serving and the team taking advantage of costly Bruin errors, the Lady Tigers had a lead as large as eight, 11-3. Belmont began chipping away at the lead and eventually knotted the game at 19. The Bruins scored six unanswered points, pushing them ahead, 25-19. Belmont went on to win, 30-25. After the break, the Lady Tigers returned reenergized, knotting the game six times before Belmont could finally get breathing room at 12-10. Tennessee State managed to stay within as few as three until the score was 27-24. Critical kills by Buckner and junior Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) kept the Bruins from an easy win. The Lady Tigers battled hardand eventually tied the game at 29. However Tennessee State was unable to topple the Bruins as they went on to take the game, 31-29. Buckner and Armwood led the Lady Tigers with nine kills each while junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) led the defensive effort with 15 digs. Davis and Armwood also finished the night with double digit digs with 11 and 10, respectively. Tennessee State outdug Belmont 55 to 34 and picked up 9.5 team blocks to the Bruins' 4.0. The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday as they host Murray State at Kean Hall. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.