Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will return to OVC action this weekend with home match-ups against Jacksonville State on Friday and Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
The Tigers (2-12, 1-2 OVC) are coming off of a loss to Belmont on Tuesday night in the Curb Event Center.
In the match, Tennessee State recorded 33 kills and only hit .052 while Belmont registered 37 kills and notched a .250 attack percentage. TSU also committed 27 errors in the contest while BU recorded 11. The Bruins held a staggering advantage in team blocks with 10 compared to the Tigers' one.
Overall, TSU is led offensively by sophomore Terakka Walker (2.36 kps), junior Vicmari Prospero (2.10 kps) and sophomore Shaquita Williams (2.00 kps). Walker also averages a team high 3.24 digs per set while freshman Calasia Williams turns in 3.22 digs per frame.
As a team, Tennessee State averages 11.20 kills with a .118 attack percentage. The Tigers are averaging 14.14 digs and 1.38 blocks per set.
Jacksonville State (12-5, 5-0) has yet to be defeated in OVC play and is riding a six match winning streak. Last week, JSU defeated Tennessee Tech, Murray State and UT Martin. Junior Caitlin Vorbeck reached double figures in kills in all three matches, finishing the week with 45 kills. Sophomore Lauren Harkins tallied 63 digs over the three matches, including 25 in the win over Murray State. Junior Brooke Schumacher totaled 30 assists in all three matches, highlighted by a 58-assist effort in the victory over UT Martin.
Senior Brittney Whitten leads the Gamecocks in kills per game with 3.28 per set while Lauren Harkins reels in a team best 4.52 digs per set.
Tennessee Tech fell to Jacksonville State before defeating UT Martin and Murray State. Junior Marie Peddicord tallied 31 kills and 13 blocks over the three matches. She recorded career-highs of 17 kills and a .536 attack percentage against Murray State.
Freshman Kelsey Gray had at least one block in each of the three matches, including recording 10 blocks against Murray State. Junior Melanie Culp posted her fourth double-double of the season versus Jacksonville State with 35 assists and 13 digs. Culp finished the week with 124 assists.
Leah Meffert leads the Golden Eagles in kills with 3.63 kills per set while Katie Kenline tallies a team best 4.63 digs per contest.
Friday will mark the 17th meeting between Tennessee State and Jacksonville State with the Gamecocks leading the series 12-4. The Tigers will match up with the Golden Eagles for the 39th time in school history with Tech holding a commanding 32-6 advantage.
TSU versus JSU, "Blue& White" Night, is slated to kick-off on Friday at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall. Saturday's match-up with the Golden Eagles is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Kean Hall.