Athens, Ga. --- In day one of the Georgia Dawgs Invitational, the Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped a hard fought battle, 2-3 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 12-15) to South Alabama on Friday night.
Tennessee State saw South Alabama use timely scoring runs in the fourth and fifth sets to escape with the match victory. The Tigers fall to 1-3 on the season while the Jaguars improve to 4-1.
Sophomore Terakka Walker finished the match with a team best 13 kills (.310) and 16 digs while Shaquita Williams added 11 kills (.391). Yamari Padilla-Collazo tallied 43 set assists and seven kills for The Tigers.
TSU eased past USA in the first set of the match, registering a 25-17 victory. In the second set, the Jaguars capitalized on two Tiger attack errors down the stretch to squeeze out the 25-23 win and pull even.
With the match tied 1-1, both teams came out of the break battling. The score went back and forth and eventually went into extra points. With the set tied 24-24, a timely kill from Terakka Walker coupled with a service ace from Shaquita Williams pushed TSU to the 26-24 win and the 2-1 match lead.
With the score knotted 7-7 in set four, the Jaguars outscored the Tigers 10-5 to move ahead 17-12. TSU closed to within two points (20-22) late in the set but USA scored three straight points to secure the win and keep the match alive. The Tigers committed an uncharacteristic 13 errors in set four.
In the fifth and deciding set, TSU grabbed an early lead and would later build the advantage up to 10-4 behind a kill from Yamari-Padilla Collazo and a Jaguar attack error. USA called a timeout to regroup and answered with a 7-0 run that put the Jaguars on top 12-10, leading to a Tiger timeout. USA, however, would not relinquish the lead.
Neither team hit particularly well for the match as Tennessee State hit .145 and South Alabama registered a .174 percentage. TSU tallied 55 kills, 55 digs and 12 team blocks on the night.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow when they face host Georgia and then Duke.