Jacksonville, Ala.--- In the opening round of the 2007 Ohio Valley Conference volleyball tournament, the Tennessee State University volleyball team swept fifth seeded Murray State (30-26, 30-25, 30-21 ) Thursday night in Pete Matthews Coliseum.
Christian Lowe recorded her 13th double-double of the season with a team-high 14 kills in addition to 21 digs. Collese Dornan and Kelly Davis each tallied 13 kills while Endia Oliver added 11. Candace Saleaumua registered a game-high 25 digs while Melissa Silva (14) and Kamille King (10) also posted double-figures in digs.
Both teams battled from the onset of game one. Tennessee State (18-13, 14-6 OVC) claimed a small 3-1 lead following a Murray State (16-15, 13-7 OVC) attack error but the advantage was short lived as two straight kills by Alison Mugler evened the score 3-3.
TSU responded with three unanswered points to go up 6-3 but Murray State would stay within striking distance and would once again tie the game (7-7). The match stayed close over the next several rallies with neither team claiming more than a two point lead.
Leading 19-17, Tennessee State put together a 6-3 run to stretch its lead to 25-20 and force a Racer timeout. Murray State outscored Tennessee State 6-5 down the stretch but it wasn’t enough as TSU held on to win 30-26.
Tennessee State scored the first points of game two but Murray State would assume control. Trailing 2-4, seven straight Murray State points pushed the Racer lead to 9-4 and forced a TSU timeout. Following the timeout, the Lady Tigers recovered and tied the game 14-14 on a kill by Collese Dornan.
Three consecutive TSU points on a Murray State attack error and two kills from Kelly Davis extended the lead to 17-14 and the Lady Tigers never looked back. TSU maintained the lead for the rest of the game to claim a 2-0 match lead.
The Racers continued to have offensive struggles in the third game falling behind 0-3 following three consecutive attack errors. Murray State only managed a hitting percentage of .017 as TSU never trailed in game three.
The Lady Tigers will face tournament host Jacksonville State on Friday in the semi-finals. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.