Volleyball Upsets Jacksonville State, Advances to Championship Match
Saturday, November 17, 2007

 Jacksonville, Ala. --- Christian Lowe recorded her 14th double-double of the season with a game-high 18 kills in addition to 14 digs to help lead Tennessee State University to a 3-1 (23-30, 30-27, 30-19, 30-25) semifinal victory over number one seeded Jacksonville State Friday night.


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), Jacksonville State used a 6-2 run to open its lead up to 27-19.  The Gamecocks went on to win game one 30-23.


Game two was played very close until Jacksonville State went ahead 20-17 on a kill by Joi Watts. A composed TSU team battled back to tie the game 21-21. The Gamecocks, however, responded by scoring four of the next five points to go ahead 25-22, forcing a TSU timeout.  


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, Tennessee State jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game three. Jacksonville State recovered to cut the deficit to one (4-5) but TSU maintained the lead. The Lady Tigers stretched the advantage to 13-7 on a kill by Kamille King.


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.


Jacksonville State called a timeout to recover but TSU continued to build on its lead stretching the lead to 21-16 behind timely kills and blocks from the Lady Tigers.


Trailing 17-24, Jacksonville State used a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to two (22-24). Following a TSU timeout, JSU scored two more points to tie the game 24-24. With the game tied 25-25, TSU scored the last five points of the game, including two blocks by Endia Oliver, to seal the win.


The Lady Tigers advance tp play Morehead State in Saturday's championship match. Match time is slated for 2 p.m.