LADY TIGER VOLLEYBALL FALLS SHORT AT LIPSCOMB
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee State University volleyball team drops a heartbreaker to cross town rival Lipscomb University 2-3, (26-30, 30-27, 26-30,30-22,13-15), Tuesday Night in Allen Arena. Tennessee State (17-12) had four players to record double figures in kills. Senior Meesha Jackson led the offense with 22 kills. Kelly Davis chipped in 13 kills and 17 digs for a double-double performance. Erika Godbolt and Collese Dornan each tallied 11 kills for the Lady Tigers. Katie Lippi collected 30 digs for TSU while Erika Godbolt had 25 for a double-double. Freshman Krystal Hunter contributed 15 digs while Tiana Maua had 13 digs and 58 set assists for a double-double. In a contest flooded with long rallies, game one began with high energy from both teams. Lipscomb (12-14) held a slight advantage at 10-7 until a kill and a service ace by Tiana Maua brought the Lady Tigers to within one (10-9). The Bisons would continue to maintain a small lead until a kill by Erika Godbolt gave TSU a 14-13 lead. The score would continue to go back and forth with neither team leading by more than two points. Two consecutive errors by TSU gave Lipscomb a 28-26 lead as the Bisons went on to win 30-26. Game two saw TSU get out to an early 7-1 lead behind the serving of Tiana Maua. Following Maua's second ace in four serves, Lipscomb called a timeout. Lipscomb scored two consecutive points out of the timeout but solid hitting by the Lady Tigers kept TSU at a decent lead (10-5). An ace by Lipscomb's Jessica Turner brought the Bisons to within two (12-10). TSU would continue to hold a small lead until a service ace by Lipscomb's Jessica Enderle tied the game17-17. A kill by Endia Oliver would stretch TSU's lead to three (25-22). With Megan McKinney serving for the game, a Lipscomb setting error gave the Lady Tigers the 30-27 win. With the match tied at 1-1, both teams battled from the onset of game three. The lead by either team was never greater than two until a Lipscomb service ace gave the Bisons a three point advantage (10-7). Two consecutive aces by Lipscomb and a TSU error would stretch the Bison lead to six (19-13). TSU would not go quietly though, as the Lady Tigers fought back to cut the deficit to one (23-22). A Lipscomb kill followed by a TSU attack error gave Lipscomb the 28-24 lead. A kill by Collese Dornan followed by a Kelley Smith block brought TSU to within two. Lipscomb, however, would hold on to win the game 30-26. The Lady Tigers went point for point with the Bisons in game four. Determined to push the match to a game five, timely hitting and solid defense helped push TSU to the 30-22 victory. TSU hit a highly respectable .286 in game four. In the fifth and decisive game five, Lipscomb jumped out to a 4-1 lead. TSU, however, would not be denied as the Lady Tigers tied the game 6-6 on a block by Endia Oliver and Kelly Davis. A kill by Davis gave TSU it's first lead of the game but it would be short lived as a Lipscomb kill evened the score 7-7. A kill by Tiana Maua gave TSU a 12-9 lead and forced a Lipscomb timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bisons would score five straight points to claim a 14-12 lead. A TSU error would seal the game and match for the Bisons. Tennessee State hit .218 for the match while Lipscomb only hit .124 The Lady Tigers return to OVC action this Friday, November 3, when they face off against Morehead State. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.