Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will participate in the Georgia Dawgs Invitational this weekend, Sept.4-5.
The tournament, hosted by the University of Georgia, will take place at the Ramsey Student Center Arena on campus. Other tournament participants include South Alabama, Duke and host Georgia.
The Tigers are coming off a 1-2 showing at the Samford Invitational this past weekend. TSU dropped the season opener to Southern Miss on Friday evening before sweeping Louisiana-Monroe Saturday morning. The Tigers then fell to the host Bulldogs in the final match of the tournament Saturday night.
Junior Santia Sanders led the Tigers offensively averaging 3.11 kills per set while freshman Calasia Williams turned in a team best 4.11 digs per contest. Terakka Walker was named to the Samford Invitational All-Tournament team, registering 2.67 kills and 3.56 digs per set.
The Tigers will match up with South Alabama on Friday, Sept.4, before facing host Georgia and then Duke on Saturday, Sept.5.
The Tigers will face Georgia and South Alabama for the first time in school history before meeting Duke. The Tigers are 0-1 all-time versus Duke losing 3-0 to the Blue Devils last season at the Mortar Board Premiere hosted by Purdue University.
The South Alabama Jaguars opened up their season finishing with a 3-1 record at the Lady Techster Tournament in Ruston, La hosted by Louisiana Tech. USA opened with three-straight victories, defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Centenary, 3-0, before picking up a 3-1 win over Tennessee-Martin. Hitting errors proved costly for South Alabama dropping the finale to Louisiana Tech 3-0.
The Jaguars are led by Juliana Almeida who leads the club with 3.38 kills per set - ninth in the Sun Belt, while Lindsay Schwartz and Tereza Bendlova are tied for second on the team with 2.54 per set. As a team, the Jags currently lead the SBC in both opponent's hitting percentage and service aces, while ranking second in blocks and third in both kills and assists.
The host, University of Georgia, are coming off a 2-1 week after competing in the Georgia Tech Regency Suites Invitational. The Bulldogs dropped their season opener to tournament host and state rival Georgia Tech, 3-2. UGA then picked up back-to-back wins sweeping Mercer and Austin Peay State 3-0 apiece. The Bulldogs are led by Erika Clark (3.09 kills/set) and Simone May (2.70 kills/set). As a team, UGA currently averages 12.6 kills per set with 2.3 blocks per set.
The defending 2008 ACC Champions Duke Blue Devils captured second place at the the University of Wisconsin's InnTower Invitational, posting wins of 3-2 over Wisconsin and 3-0 over South Dakota. Duke's only loss came at the hands of Ohio, which went 3-0 to capture the tournament crown. Both Rachel Moss and Kellie Catanach were All-East Region selections in 2008 and finished first and second, respectively, in the ACC in double-doubles. The duo currently has Duke ranked second in the ACC in hitting percentage.