Tigers Edge Bisons in Five
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nashville --- The Tennessee State volleyball team snapped a three-match losing skid with a five-set (19-25,25-21,25-18,26-28,15-11) win over cross town Lipscomb Tuesday night in Kean Hall.


With the win TSU improves to 5-11 overall while Lipscomb moves to 12-8.


Five Tigers posted double-digits in kills led by Christian Lowe and Shaquita Williams who each tallied 14. Candace Saleaumua and freshman Terraka Walker registered 13 kills while Shawna Ruiz turned in 12. Yamari Padilla-Collazo along with Walker and Lowe recorded 12 blocks as Heather Sanders and Ruiz notched 10.


A kill gave Lipscomb a 9-5 lead in the first set before the Bisons stretched the advantage to 16-10. Holding on to a 23-19 lead, Lipscomb used a kill and a block to win the set.


The score was close from the onset of set two and remained tight until TSU was able to capture a 22-18 lead on a kill by Candace Saleaumua. The Tigers went on to win the set behind three Bison errors and a TSU kill.


TSU jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the third set, leading to a Lipscomb timeout. TSU swelled the advantage to 20-13 on a Bison service error before a kill by Saleaumua gave the Tigers the 25-18 win.


Timely kills led to Lipscomb grabbing a 13-9 lead in the fourth set before the Tigers came from behind and evened the score at 18-18. With the set tied 26-26, Lipscomb scored the next two points to pull out the 28-26 extra points win.


Lipscomb had the momentum early in the fifth set moving ahead 7-3 but the Tigers clawed back and knotted the set 8-8 on a Bison attack error. The Tiger offense came alive down the stretch as three consecutive kills from Terakka Walker and a kill by Christian Lowe gave TSU a 12-9 lead. TSU closed out the set with a 3-2 run to seal the match.


Tennessee State recorded an attack percentage of .230 for the match while Lipscomb hit .198. The Tigers recorded 67 kills and 65 digs as the Bisons registered 61 kills and 69 digs.


The Tiger volleyball squad returns to conference action on Thursday when they host Morehead State at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.