Volleyball Begins OVC Action at Austin Peay
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will look to end its eight match slump with Friday's OVC match-up against Austin Peay in Clarksville.

The Tigers dropped three at the Western Kentucky Tournament this past weekend. The Tigers fell to Western Kentucky (22-25, 22-25, 13-25), Memphis (19-25, 18-25, 18-25), and Northern Illinois (25-27, 20-25, 20-25). Earlier in the week, TSU dropped the season home opener to Chattanooga, 3-1, in Kean Hall.  

Senior Vicmari Prospero was named to the WKU all-tournament team after leading the team in kills and points. She finished the week with 39 kills and a .318 attack percentage.

Freshman Calasia Williams tallied 44 digs last week, including 16 against Northern Illinois. Senior Yamari Padilla-Collazo recorded 20-plus assists in each of the matches last week, including dishing out 35 against Chattanooga.

TSU has dropped its last eight contests and holds an overall record of 1-9. On Friday, The Tigers will face the Lady Govs for the 42nd time in school history. Austin Peay holds a commanding 35-7 lead. Last season, TSU and Austin Peay split the series as each team won on its home court.

Last weekend, Austin Peay went 2-1 to finish second at the Chattanooga Invitational. The Lady Govs defeated Chattanooga (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) and SIU Edwardsville (25-13, 25-18, 25-16) while falling to Loyola (23-25, 17-25, 29-27, 13-15). Senior Stephanie Champine and junior Taylor Skinner were named to the all-tournament team. Champine recorded 53 kills and 46 digs over the three matches.

The Lady Govs are 6-4 overall.

Match time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Dunn Center.