Clarksville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped its OVC opener to Austin Peay, 3-1, Friday night in the Dunn Center.
The set scores were 11-25, 25-19, 12-25 and 20-25.
Tennessee State (1-10, 0-1 OVC) tallied 36 kills and hit .109 in the match while Austin Peay (7-4, 1-0 OVC) registered 53 kills and notched a .304 hitting percentage.
In set one, TSU lead early but APSU was close behind. With the Tigers leading 5-4, the Lady Govs used three consecutive kills to capture the advantage. Austin Peay then outscored Tennessee State 5-2 to go ahead 12-7 and force a Tiger timeout.
Out of the break, however, APSU scored five straight points to extend the lead to 17-7 before eventually going on to win 25-11.
A service ace by Vicmari Prospero coupled with an APSU attack error tied the score 4-4 in set two. Both teams traded points over the next several rallies before the Tigers were able to create a little distance. A kill by Santia Sanders and an ace by Shaquita Williams made the TSU lead 11-8.
APSU closed to within one (14-13) but TSU held on to the lead and build the advantage back up to 21-17 after a kill by Terakka Walker. This led to a Lady Gov timeout. The Tigers maintained their composure down the stretch and won the set 25-19.
With the match tied 1-1, the Tigers struggled to score points early in the third set, falling behind 9-3. The Tigers clawed back to within two (11-9) but a 7-2 scoring run built the Lady Gov lead back up to 18-11. TSU called a timeout to regroup but four unanswered points by the Lady Govs swelled the APSU lead to 22-11. APSU won the set 25-12.
In the fourth set, Austin Peay managed to capture a 16-12 lead. Following a Tennessee State timeout and two consecutive points from the Tigers, the score was 16-14. The Lady Govs then outscored the Tigers 6-3 to go up 22-17. A kill by Terakka Walker and an APSU violation brought the Tigers to within four (24-20) but that would be as close as they would get as the Lady Govs went on to win 25-20.
The Tigers will have a week off before returning to OVC action at Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri next weekend.