Senior Candace Saleaumua led the offensive charge for the Tigers putting up 19 kills in addition to 14 digs for a double-double. Senior Christian Lowe also recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs. Terakka Walker (15) and Yamari Padilla-Collazo (10) also turned in double-digit digs for TSU. Collazo also dished out a game-high 36 assists.
Brittney Whitten led
Two back-to-back kills from Candace Saleaumua christened the match and gave TSU a quick 2-0 lead in set one. JSU answered back and tied the game at 2-2 but another kill by Saleaumua put the Tigers back on top (3-2). Although the set remained close, TSU maintained the lead throughout the contest. Holding a slight 22-20 advantage, TSU outscored JSU 3-1 to claim the 25-21 win.
The lead wavered back and forth in set two until TSU took the lead for good on a kill from Candace Saleaumua. A kill by Christian Lowe brought the lead to 22-19 before another put away from Lowe gave TSU the 25-19 win.
Trying to extend the match to a fourth set, the Gamecocks jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the third set. The Tigers clawed back to within two (12-10) on a Gamecock service error but five unanswered points behind the serve of Caitlen Vorbeck swelled the JSU lead to 20-12. The Gamecocks won the set 25-18.
The Tigers regrouped in set four and hit a match-best .300 in the set. It was a fiercely contested battle from the onset but TSU was able to pull out the close win. With the score tied 22-22, a JSU service error followed by timely kills from Shaquita Williams and Candace Saleaumua gave TSU the 25-22 win.
Volleyball will next travel to UT-Martin to face the Skyhawks on Thursday, Oct. 30. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.