Kelly Davis recorded 14 kills on 27 attempts for an exceptional .519 hitting percentage. Collese Dornan registered 13 kills while Endia Oliver posted a game-high 10 blocks.
Melissa Silva paced the Lady Tigers with 19 digs while Candace Saleaumua (13), Kamille King (13) and Makena Naho’oikaika (10) also tallied double-digit digs.
Tennessee State grabbed the first lead of game one (2-0) following a Jacksonville State attack error and a kill by Christian Lowe but two consecutive scores from JSU would knot the score 2-2. The game would stay close over the next several points featuring over eight ties and lead changes.
TSU claimed a 13-10 advantage on a kill from Collese Dornan but JSU came back to tie the game and take a 15-14 lead on kills from Brittney Whitten and Rebekah Nichols. Leading by three (21-17),
Game two was played very close until
Out of the timeout, the Lady Tigers outscored the Gamecocks 4-1 to bring the game to 25-25 and provoke a JSU timeout. With the game tied 27-27, a kill by Collese Dornan and two consecutive attack errors by Abbey Breit pushed TSU to the 30-27 win.
Carrying the momentum from the game two win,
TSU continued to build on the lead and grabbed a 21-14 lead following a service ace by Melissa Silva. TSU held on to the lead for the rest of the game to claim the 30-19 victory and capture a 2-1 match lead.
After falling behind 2-0 in game four, Jacksonville State rallied off five unanswered points to take a 5-2 lead. A Kelly Davis kill tied the game 7-7 before JSU used a 3-0 run to go up 10-7. The Gamecocks maintained small leads of two and three until TSU scored four consecutive points to seize an 18-16 lead.
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