Tigers Down Skyhawks
Friday, October 3, 2008

Nashville --- The Tiger volleyball team picked up a 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14) win over the Skyhawks of UT-Martin Friday night in Kean Hall.


Tennessee State (3-8, 2-3 OVC) out hit UT-Martin, recording 58 kills and a .208 attack percentage while the Skyhawks hit .085 for the match and tallied 39 kills. TSU recorded 10 total blocks while UTM posted 11.


Christian Lowe led the offensive charge for TSU with 13 kills while Terakka Walker recorded a double-double of 12 kills and 14 digs. Candace Saleaumua turned in 11 kills for the Tigers.


Britany Wilburn led the Skyhawks with 11 kills while Ashley Doherty added 10. Katherine Godina (13) and Emily Steinbeck (10) posted double-digits in digs for UTM.


Trailing 13-16 in the first set, Tennessee State fired off five straight points behind the serve of Candace Saleaumua to capture an 18-16 lead. UTM knotted the game 20-20 but three kills by Saleaumua down the stretch helped TSU to the 25-23 set one win.


Set two was played fairly close from the onset. Holding a slight 18-16 lead, TSU outscored UTM 7-4 to claim the second set and capture a 2-0 match lead.


With the score tied 22-22 in the third set, a UTM kill and costly errors by the Tigers led to the Skyhawks claiming a 25-22 win.


TSU didn’t waste time taking control of the fourth set, jumping out to a 7-2 lead on a service ace by Christian Lowe. TSU swelled the advantage to 17-9 on a kill by Yamari Padilla-Collazo leading to a UTM timeout. An ace from Shawna Ruiz and a kill from Saleaumua put TSU ahead 21-11 before the Tigers went on to claim the set and the match.


The Tigers are right back in action tomorrow when they host the Racers of Murray State. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Kean Hall.