LADY TIGERS FALL SHORT AGAINST BELMONT
NASHVILLE---The TSU Volleyball team dropped a hard fought match (3-1, 28-30, 28-30, 30-20, 26-30) against visiting Belmont University Tuesday night in Kean Hall, ending a four game winning streak. Game one began as expected with high energy from both teams. The game opened with a Belmont service error followed by a TSU service ace by Tiana Maua, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead. Tennessee State went point for point with the Bruins before TSU stretched the lead to four on a Collese Dornan service ace. TSU continued to hold on to a small lead before a kill by Belmont's Katie Tobiasz tied the game at 25-25. The game would see two more ties and lead changes before consecutive errors by TSU clinched the game for the Bruins. Tennessee State(10-9, 3-1) fell behind early in game two, calling a timeout after falling behind 1-6. Struggling to find their rhythm, a kill by Meesha Jackson followed by a side out brought the Lady Tigers to within three, but Belmont (14-2) continued to add to the lead. A kill by Kelly Davis tied the game at 26-26 but the Bruins would eventually pull away for the close 30-28 win. Unwilling to let go of its hope for the program's 100th win, TSU jumped out to an early game three lead but consecutive points by Belmont erased the Lady Tiger lead and tied the game. TSU would however regain the lead, stretching the advantage to as many as ten points before finishing strong and forcing the match to another game. Game four saw a determined Tennessee State battle Belmont from the opening serve. The game had six lead changes and 12 ties. Down by three, a kill by Kelly Davis brought TSU to within two (24-26) But a Belmont kill and a TSU attack error sealed the win for the Bruins. Kelly Davis recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs. Erika Godbolt also had a double-double performance with 12 kills and 14 digs. Meesha Jackson led the Lady Tigers with 17 kills and six blocks. Katie Lippi had 13 digs for TSU while Tiana Maua added 15 digs and 41 set assists. Tennessee State returns to action this weekend when they travel to Alabama to face Samford on Friday and Jacksonville State on Saturday.