Nashville --- In a hard fought battle against Murray State, the Tennessee State University volleyball team came away with a 3-2 (25-17, 29-27, 12-25, 15-25, 16-14) victory Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State (4-8, 3-3 OVC) registered 67 kills and 17 blocks for the match while Murray State (6-10, 3-3 OVC) turned in 66 kills and seven blocks.
TSU jumped out to a 2-0 match lead before MSU won the next two sets to even the match 2-2. In the fifth and deciding set, TSU was able to pull out the extra points for the win.
After hitting better than .300 in the first two sets, TSU posted attack percentages of .026 and -.056 in sets three and four respectively. The Tigers got back on track in the fifth set, recording a .235 hitting percentage.
Christian Lowe paced the Tigers with a match-high 23 kills in addition to 15 digs and five blocks. Terakka Walker chipped in 12 kills and 15 digs. Candace Saleaumua (13), Yamari Padilla-Collazo (12), Shawna Ruiz (12), and Nicolette Jens (10) also turned in double-figures in digs.
Becca Lamb led the Racers with 16 kills while Heather Norris picked up a match-high, 21 digs.
Set one was played fairly close until a kill by Walker gave TSU a 14-10 lead. Holding a slight 18-15 lead over the Racers, the Tigers went on a 7-2 run to capture the first set 25-17.
Murray State was able to claim a 22-19 lead late in the second set. With MSU serving for the set (24-21), two kills from Lowe and a kill from Saleaumua kept TSU alive. With the score knotted 27-27, Padilla-Collazo put down a kill before a kill by Ruiz gave TSU the 29-27 extra points win.
Murray State opened set three with a 6-1 lead and stretched the advantage to 9-2 on a kill by Sara Hayden. MSU swelled the lead to 16-5 before going on to win the set 25-12.
In the fourth set, with the contest tied 12-12, Murray State used a 12-2 run to open up its lead. The Racers never looked back on the way to the 25-15 win.
In the fifth and deciding set, both teams battled from the onset. With the set tied 14-14, a kill by Walker followed by a Murray State attack error sealed the match for Tennessee State.
The Tigers return to action next Tuesday when they host cross-town rival Belmont University. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.