Volleyball Sweeps UT-Martin
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Martin, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team swept UT-Martin to pick up an OVC road win Friday night in Skyhawk Arena.

The set scores were 25-20, 25-19 and 25-18.

The Tigers (3-17, 2-6 OVC) snapped a seven-match losing skid with the victory over the Skyhawks (7-13, 2-7 OVC), who dropped their fourth straight.

Tennessee State had an improved .200 attack percentage for the match and tallied 41 kills while UT Martin hit .110 and had 30 kills. TSU had 52 digs compared to UTM's 49 as each team tallied seven team blocks.

Sophomore Shaquita Williams led the Tigers with a match-high 13 kills and hit .267. Junior Kamille King tallied 18 digs to lead TSU. Senior Yamari Padilla-Collazo dished out a match-high 31 set assists.

UTM didn't have any players to post double-digits in kills but Kasey Elswick recorded a match-high 24 digs. 

A UTM ball handling error gave TSU an early 10-4 lead in the first set. A kill by Yamari Padilla-Collazo stretched the advantage to 17-9 and the Tigers never looked back.

With the score tied 7-7 in set two, TSU outscored UTM 10-5 to move ahead 17-12. The Tigers led by as many as seven points before claiming the win.

TSU carried the momentum into set three posting seven unanswered points to open the frame. The Skyhawks rallied to within two points, 17-15, but the Tigers used a 6-0 run to swell the lead back up to 23-15. UTM never recovered. The Tigers hit an impressive .304 and only committed four errors in the third set.

Tennessee State returns to action tomorrow against Murray State at 2 p.m. in Racer Arena.