Volleyball Claws Back in Win at EKU
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Richmond, Ky. --- After dropping the first set, the Tennessee State University volleyball team bounced back to win three straight sets to claim a 3-1 (11-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-11) victory Tuesday night at McBrayer Arena.


Tennessee State (2-6, 1-2 OVC) picked up its first league win of the season while Eastern Kentucky moves to 2-10, 1-2 OVC.


Senior Christian Lowe led the offensive charge for TSU with a match-high 18 kills while senior Candace Saleaumua recorded a team high 22 digs in addition to 35 set assists. Freshman Terakka Walker turned in 10 kills and 16 digs as Shaquita Williams added 10 digs for the Tigers.


With the score tied 5-5 in the first set, EKU used a 14-2 run to open up the set and take a commanding 19-7 lead. The Colonel’s stretched the advantage to 22-9 before going on to win the set 25-11.


TSU turned things around in the set two, grabbing an early 5-1 lead. Timely kills from TSU coupled with EKU attack errors saw the Tigers stretch their lead to 21-11. EKU used a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to five, 23-28, but TSU never trailed in the match en route to the 25-19 win.

With the match tied 1-1, the third set was all Tennessee State. Three consecutive kills by Lowe sparked a TSU run that saw the Tigers score the first eight points of the set.  TSU never looked back. Later, a kill by Saleaumua made it 14-4. Walker’s service ace kept TSU in front by 10, 19-9. A pair of EKU attack errors on top of a ball handling error gave the Tigers the final three points of the 25-11 set.

Tennessee State hit .367 in the third set. The Tigers had only two attack errors in 30 attempts.

The score stayed close in the fourth set until TSU went on a 12-3 run to take control of the match. A kill by LaQuasha Gough gave the visitors a 21-13 advantage. The set (25-15) and the match ended on a kill by Christina Raiford.

Tennessee State hit .216 despite opening the match with a -.030 percentage in the first set. Eastern Kentucky posted a .072 attack percentage for the match.


The Lady Tigers will travel to Austin Peay on Friday for continued OVC action. Match time is scheduled for

7 p.m. at Dunn Center.