Tuesday, September 4, 2007
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to cross town rival Belmont 3-0 (28-30, 23-30, 27-30) Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center. With the loss Tennessee State falls to 1-6 while Belmont improves to 5-3. Neither team put together an offensive masterpiece as TSU hit .117 for the game and Belmont managed a hitting percentage of .161. Kamille King had a team high nine kills for TSU. Tennessee State jumped ahead 3-0 in game one but Belmont responded by going ahead 6-5 on a service ace by Jenny Gray. Belmont increased its lead to 9-5 but TSU reclaimed an 11-9 lead behind the serving of Candace Saleaumua. Later in the game, Belmont pulled away 28-24 and was able to squeeze out the 30-28 win. Game two saw the Bruins grab a quick 10-4 lead. Following a TSU timeout, Belmont continued to build on its lead and maintained comfortable leads for most of the game. TSU cut the deficit down to four and three at one point but it wasn't enough as Belmont was able to hold on for the win. Down two games to none, the Lady Tigers battled in game three. Tennessee State went point for point with Belmont as neither team led by more than two points during the greater part of the game. With the game knotted at 25, Belmont scored two consecutive points to grab a 27-25 lead. The Lady Tigers continued to fight for points but the Bruins were able to keep TSU at bay. The Lady Tigers return to action next Tuesday, September 11, when they play the first home game of the season against Alabama A&M.