Louisville, Ky.---Despite a fiercely contested battle in game one, the Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Hawaii 3-0 (30-26, 30-14, 30-17) in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.
Playing in front of close to two hundred Tiger faithful, Tennessee State hit an impressive .220 in game one and committed only seven errors. The Lady Tigers finish the 2007 season with an overall record of 20-14 while Hawaii improves to 27-5 on the year.
Tennessee State would claim the first lead of game one following a bad set by Hawaii but the Rainbow Wahine would quickly even the score on a kill by Jamie Houston. The score, in the up tempo game, would go back and forth over the next several rallies. With the score knotted 11-11, Hawaii scored three straight points to claim a 14-11 lead.
TSU responded with four unanswered points to capture the lead (15-14) and force a Hawaii timeout. Hawaii evened the game 15-15 following the break and the score stayed close until two kills and a block stretched the Hawaii lead to 26-23. UH would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game and squeeze out the 30-26 win.
After slightly trailing early in game two, the Lady Tigers came back to even the game 8-8. With the game tied, the Rainbow Wahine rallied off five straight points to go ahead 13-8. TSU called a timeout to recover but Hawaii continued to build on its lead. Leading 22-9, Hawaii outscored Tennessee State 8-5 to close out game two and claim the 30-14 win.
Leading the match 2-0 Hawaii jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in game three. Two straight points from TSU would cut the deficit to three (7-4) before UH re-upped the lead to 10-5. Hawaii swelled the advantage to 20-7 before going on to win the game 30-17.
Christian Lowe led TSU with nine kills while Melissa Silva had a team high seven digs.
“We came in with a game plan, “commented Coach Roulhac, “And I feel that for the first 30 points we stuck to that game plan. Hawaii started playing tougher in game two and we got off system, started making mistakes.”
“I still feel that it was a good experience. We did a good job but we can do better once we gain more experience on this level.”