Tigers Drop Catfight to Panthers
Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team came up short in a five-set battle with Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.

With the loss, Tennessee State dropped its seventh straight home match and moves to 3-20 (2-9 OVC) on the season.

Eastern Illinois (9-17, 2-11 OVC) picked up its second conference win of the season and snapped a 10-match league losing streak.

Tennessee State tallied 69 kills and a .281 attack percentage while Eastern Illinois notched 66 kills and hit .275 for the match. Defensively, TSU turned in 64 digs compared to EIU's 60.

The Tigers registered seven team blocks and the Panthers recorded eight as both squads had 19 attack errors.

Shaquita Williams led TSU offensively with a match-high 21 kills while Naomi Wells added 13. Terakka Walker tallied a double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Kamille King with a match-high 22 digs. Yamari Padilla-Collazo recorded 52 assists, eight kills and seven digs.

The Panthers had four players to post double figures in kills led by Melanie Boykins (14). Alex Zwettler (13), Jorie Dieter (12) and Jessica Wheeler (11) also notched double-digits.

Brittany Wallace led the Panthers defensively with 17 digs while Chrisse Albers added 15. Zwettler chipped in 11. Albers dished out 53 assists.

In set one, TSU jumped out to a 10-2 lead behind the serve of Yamari Padilla-Collazo. EIU called a timeout to recover but TSU continued to build on its lead. The Tigers swelled the advantage to 20-12 before going on to win.

The momentum shifted in set two as EIU built up a16-8 lead following a TSU attack error. The Panthers stretched their advantage to 20-12 and the Tigers could not overcome the deficit.

TSU used timely kills and an impressive .484 hitting percentage to claim the third set. With the score tied 17-17, TSU closed out the frame with an 8-2 run. The Tigers did not commit an error in the set.

Set four was a battle from the onset as TSU was looking to end the match and EIU was fighting to stay alive. With the score knotted 24-24, the Panthers capitalized on two Tiger attack errors to squeeze out the extra points win.

The fifth set was intense and filled with energy from both teams. The score went back and forth before EIU went ahead 11-9. This led to a TSU timeout. The Tigers came to within one on a service error but the Panthers would not relinquish the lead.  

The Tigers return to action on Oct. 30 when they hit the road to face Eastern Kentucky.