Volleyball Comeback Falls Short Against Belmont
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team recorded a season-high 15 service aces but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers dropped a 3-2 (20-25, 25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 15-17) decision to the Bruins Tuesday night in Kean Hall.


Tennessee State (4-9) recorded 57 kills and 76 digs while Belmont (12-5) turned in 58 kills and 77 digs.


Christian Lowe continued her offensive leadership with a match-high 26 kills while Yamari Padilla-Collazo collected a team-best 21 digs for the Tigers.


Both teams went point for point in the opening set until Belmont was able to build a slight 17-13 lead following a TSU error. A kill by Shaquita Williams cut the TSU deficit down to one (19-18) but BU closed out the set with a 6-1 run to capture the 25-20 win.


An ace by Terakka Walker gave TSU a 13-6 lead in the second set. The Bruins, however, outscored the Tigers 10-4 to close to within one (17-16) and force a TSU timeout. A Belmont kill evened the game at 18-18 before the set went into extra points. With the contest tied 25-25, the Bruins posted the next two points to claim the win.


Set three was played very close throughout the entire contest. Tied 22-22, three consecutive aces from Terakka Walker pushed TSU to the 25-22 win and extended the match to a third set.


The score went back and forth in the fourth set until BU grabbed a 16-13 lead but TSU answered back with another service ace to tie the score 18-18. The Tigers and the Bruins traded the lead over the next several points. With the set tied 25-25, kills by Christian Lowe and Terakka Walker gave TSU the 27-25 win.


Much like the previous sets, the fifth and deciding set was a fiercely contested battle. A Candace Saleaumua ace coupled with a Belmont attack error led to TSU capturing a 7-4 lead. Two back to back aces from Shawna Ruiz extended the TSU advantage to 11-7 before four straight BU points brought the set to 11-11. With the score tied 15-15, Belmont posted the next two points to seal the match.


The Tigers return to action on Thursday at Southeast Missouri. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Show Me Center.