Tuesday, October 17, 2006
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee State University volleyball team swept Lipscomb 3-0, 30-20, 30-21, 30-27, Tuesday night in Kean Hall. With the win the Lady Tigers improve to 14-10 while Lipscomb falls to 9-13. Game one began with two kills by Meesha Jackson (Dry Fork, VA) to get the Lady Tigers out to a 2-0 lead. The Bisons would score on a kill by Lindsey Rutherford but four consecutive points from TSU behind the serving of Erika Godbolt stretched the TSU lead 7-1. Lipscomb would cut the deficit to four (14-10) but the TSU offense proved to be too much for the Bisons as TSU hit .438 to finalize the 30-20 win. The second game of the match began with TSU jumping out to a 3-0 lead. A kill by Lipscomb's Ashley Cox would tie the game at 5-5. The Lady Tigers went point for point with Lipscomb until an attack error by Lipscomb's Ashley Cox began a TSU rally of six consecutive points. Tennessee State stretched its lead to six and never looked back going on to win the game 30-21. In what seemed to be the theme for the match, TSU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in game three. However, a determined Lipscomb battled the Lady Tigers bringing the game to within two (12-10). TSU maintained the lead but the Bisons would not go quietly. Trailing by as many as seven (28-21), Lipscomb sparked a comeback late in the game to close the gap to two (29-27). Solid hitting by the Lady Tigers, however, kept the Bisons at bay as a kill by Kelly Davis (Farrell, PA) ended the game. Meesha Jackson, this week's OVC offensive player of the week, led the TSU offense with 14 kills on only 16 attempts, hitting an astounding .875 for the match. She also recorded five block assists and became TSU's all-time career leader in block assists. Junior Kelly Davis boasted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Tigers. Katie Lippi collected 13 digs while Erika Godbolt chipped in 12. Tiana Maua put down four service aces and dished out 34 set assists. The Lady Tigers will be on the road for the rest of the month beginning with OVC games at Morehead and Eastern Kentucky. TSU volleyball will not return to Kean Hall until November 3 when they face Morehead for the second time around. Game time is set for 7 p.m.