Volleyball closes out October on the road
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will close out the month of October with road contests against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.

Since snapping a seven-match losing streak against UT Martin earlier this month, the Tigers (3-20, 2-9 OVC) have dropped three straight. TSU is currently in 8th place in the OVC standings.

Last week, the Tigers dropped two five-set battles to Southeast Missouri and Eastern Illinois. Freshman Naomi Wells had a break-out performance against SEMO with a career-high 18 kills and 24 digs for a double-double. She followed that up with a 13-kill effort against EIU.

Overall, the Tigers are led offensively by Shaquita Williams (2.45 kps), Terakka Walker (2.13 kps), Vicmari Prospero (2.10 kps) and Santia Sanders (2.01 kps). Walker also leads TSU with 3.09 digs per contest. TSU averages 11.63 kills per set while recording a .136 attack percentage.

The Tigers will face the Colonels for the first time this season and the 44th time in school history. Eastern Kentucky holds a 38-5 advantage.

Eastern Kentucky (5-16, 4-7 OVC) is currently on a five-match home winning streak and is seventh in the conference standings. The Colonels are led by Lauren Snyder with 3.33 kills a set while Abby O'Conner leads the defensive charge with 5.53 digs per contest. As a team, Morehead State is hitting .171 and records 12.20 kills per frame.

Tennessee State dropped the earlier meeting of the season to Morehead State in Kean Hall. The Eagles lead the overall series 34-8.

Morehead State (17-7, 9-3 OVC) remains among the top three in the OVC standings. The Eagles have won seven of their last nine contests and are led offensively by Kaitlin Kraven's 3.28 kills and 2.73 digs per contest. MSU registers 12.64 kills per contest and is hitting .210. The Eagles lead the OVC in blocks and service aces.

Friday's match vs. Eastern Kentucky is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in McBrayer Arena while the TSU vs. Morehead contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Wetherby Gym. ­­