Birmingham, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team claimed its first win of the season with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-14) sweep over Louisiana-Monroe at the Samford Invitational.
Tennessee State moves to 1-1 while Louisiana-Monroe falls to 0-2 on the season.
Although Tennessee State captured the momentum early, set one was a battle from the onset. The Tigers went ahead 4-2 on a kill by Vicmari Prospero and held on to a small lead until the Warhawks came back to tie the contest 9-9.
With the score tied 17-17, three kills led to TSU capturing a 20-17 lead and ULM burning its second timeout of the set. The Warhawks regrouped out of the break and knotted the set 20-20. The score remained close over the next several points.
With TSU trailing 24-23 and ULM holding set point, two timely kills from Vicmari Prospero coupled with a Warhawk ball handling error led to the Tigers pulling off the 26-24 win.
TSU fell behind 7-2 early in the second set and continued to trail over the next several points. The Tigers battled from behind until a kill by Terakka Walker evened the score 16-16. TSU slightly pulled away down the stretch with a 23-21 advantage but ULM scored the next two points to bring the set to 23-23. The Tigers managed to post the final two points of the game to secure the 25-23 victory and move to a 2-0 match lead.
The Tigers dominated the early part of the third set jumping out to a 9-3 lead. USM cut the deficit down to only four points at one point (13-9) but TSU stretched the advantage back up to eight points (19-11) on a kill by Santia Sanders. The Tigers went on to win the set 25-14 and sweep the match.
The Tigers had a strong offensive showing as they combined for a total of 45 kills for the match. TSU also hit an impressive .237 for the contest.
The Tigers will play the final match of the tournament tonight when they face host Samford at 7 p.m.