Friday, November 17, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Alabama---The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped a 3-0, (27-30, 25-30, 26-30) decision to Southeast Missouri, Friday night in Ohio Valley Conference tournament play. Game one began with TSU getting out to an early 4-1 lead capped by a Tiana Maua service ace. SEMO would bring the game to 4-3 on an ace by Jessica Koeper but the Lady Tigers kept the Redhawks at bay maintaining a suitable 8-5 advantage. A TSU service error, however, would spark a 6-0 run that would see the Redhawks capture the lead (8-11). An attack error by Southeast Missouri's Jessica Koeper would bring TSU to within two (12-14) but two consecutive points by SEMO would consequently stretch the lead to four (12-16). Tennessee State would come to within one (23-24) late in the game but the Redhawks were able to pull out the 27-30 win. In the second game of the match, the Lady Tigers struggled to find their offensive rhythm as Southeast jumped out to an 8-2 lead. TSU battled back from trailing by as many as seven points (11-18) to cut the deficit to two (23-25). But timely hitting by SEMO and costly errors by TSU would help the Redhawks to the 25-30 victory. Tennessee State went point for point with Southeast from the outset of game three. Neither team led by more than two points until SEMO went on a 6-0 run to claim a 9-16 lead. TSU would score three consecutive points on a kill by Meesha Jackson, a Redhawk attack error and a service ace by Tiana Maua to bring the game to 13-16. TSU would come to within one (18-19) on a Southeast attack error but the Redhawks would score four consecutive points to pull away from the Lady Tigers (18-23). Southeast would hold TSU off to claim the match and advance to the championship. Erika Godbolt (All-OVC second team) and Meesha Jackson (All-OVC first team) each produced double-digit kill efforts with 11 and 10, respectively. Kelly Davis tallied a team-high 14 digs while Katie Lippi chipped in 12. Tiana Maua (All-OVC second team) recorded a double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs for the match. The 2006 Lady Tigers finish the volleyball season with the second best overall record in the program's history (20-14).