LADY TIGERS SURVIVE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI RALLYTO KEEP WINNING STREAK INTACT
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball kept its winning streak alive, but the Lady Tigers had to survive a fierce rally by visiting Southeast Missouri to claim the fifth and deciding game in Ohio Valley Conference play Friday night. After winning the first two games 32-20 and 30-23, the Southeast Redhawks took the next two contests, 30-28 and 30-24 to set the stage for the final game. The Lady Tigers erased an 11-10 deficit in the final game to win 15-13, sealing the game with an Erika Godbolt kill on an assist from Tiana Maua. TSU now had won 10 straight OVC matches and 11 overall to run its record to 18-8 and 10-1. The Lady Tigers have a showdown with Eastern Illinois on Saturday at 2 p.m. EIU had lost only won league match heading into a Friday contest at Austin Peay. Southeast saw its four match conference win streak end with the tough defeat. The Redhawks are 11-14 and 7-4 in the OVC and will play Austin Peay on Saturday. The Lady Tigers had four players in double figure kills, led by Kelly Davis' 21 and a hitting percentage of .319. Godbolt and Meesha Jackson each had 13 kills while Kara Keifer added 11. As a team, the Lady Tigers hit .226, including .381 in the final game. Maua had 61 assists. Southeast Missouri also had five players in double digits in kills. Jill Miller had 17 followed by Linden Hahs and Katrina Niemeyer with 12 each and Brenna Schlader with 11. As a team, the Redhawks hit .206. Jamie Baumstark had 56 assists. TSU had a total 13 team blocks. Jackson had nine block assists. Kelly Davis had 15 digs. Nieymeyer had two block solos for the Redhawks, who had 8.0 as team. Kim Unnderstall led Southeast with 26 digs.
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