Volleyball Downs Jacksonville State
Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team downed Jacksonville State 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22) in conference action Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.


Tennessee State (6-14, 4-8 OVC) recorded 52 kills, 71 digs and an attack percentage of .197 for the match while Jacksonville State (6-16, 2-10 OVC) posted 45 kills, 68 digs and an attack percentage of .184.


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 Jacksonville State with 18 kills while Lauren Harkins registered a game-high 22 digs.


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.