Nashville --- In the final match of the season, the Tennessee State University volleyball dropped a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 22-25) decision to Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.
With the loss, Tennessee State falls to 8-18 (6-12 OVC) and finds itself in seventh place in the league standings. In the Ohio Valley Conference, only the top six teams advance to the conference tournament.
Tennessee State tallied 53 kills as a team along with 82 digs and 11.5 team blocks. Southeast Missouri (13-13, 11-7 OVC) registered 57 kills and 73 digs. The Redhawks only tallied seven team blocks.
In the first set, the Tigers built the lead up to 19-13 following a Redhawk attack error before SEMO rallied off five unanswered points to come to within one (19-18). Following a TSU timeout, the Tigers outscored the Redhawks 6-1 to capture the 25-19 win. SEMO hit .106 in the first set and had 10 attack errors.
Both teams hit well in the second set as TSU recorded an attack percentage of .353 and SEMO registered a .412. TSU rallied from behind late in the frame but SEMO was able to hold on for the 25-22 win.
A service ace by Aubrey Dondingler gave SEMO an 18-13 lead in set three and the Redhawks never looked back. SEMO held the lead for the rest of the set before going on to win 25-21.
Leading 2-1, SEMO carried the momentum into set four and captured an 18-8 lead following a Redhawk kill. Tennessee State continued to fight and managed to cut the deficit down to three points (21-18). The Redhawks, however, were able to keep the Tigers and bay.