Tiger Volleyball Drops Three at Murray State
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Murray, Ky. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Murray State 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Racer Arena.

The set scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-15.

Tennessee State (3-18, 2-7 OVC) hit .171 in the contest and tallied 35 kills as a team. Murray State (5-15, 5-5 OVC) registered 40 kills on a .356 attack percentage. The Tigers only recorded 32 digs compared to the Racers' 43.

TSU notched five team blocks while MSU tallied four but the Tigers committed 17 errors and the Racers had nine.

Junior Vicmari Prospero and freshman Naomi Wells led the Tigers with nine kills each while junior Kamille King turned in a team best 12 digs. Yamari Padilla- Collazo dished out 25 set assists.

Sarah Hayden led Murray State with 10 kills while Kayleah Sauer turned in a match-high 21 digs.

In the opening frame, Tennessee State hit a dismal .077 and committed nine attack errors. With the score tied 10-10, Murray State outscored TSU 15-6 to close out the set.

TSU improved its attack percentage in the second set and hit .257. After falling behind by five points late in the frame, 23-18, TSU mounted a comeback that brought the score to 24-23. The Racers, however, were able to score the next point and keep the Tigers at bay.

In the third set, TSU captured the lead, 5-3, on a kill by Vicmari Prospero. MSU answered with two points to even the score. After trading the lead for the next couple of rallies, the Racers used a 7-3 run to open up the advantage. MSU moved ahead 20-13 and never looked back.

Tennessee State will return to action next Friday and Saturday with home matches against Southeast Missouri and Eastern Illinois in Kean Hall. Friday night's match is scheduled for 7 p.m. while Saturday's contest is slated for a 2 p.m. start.