Jacksonville, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Jacksonville State, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
The Tigers (3-24, 2-13 OVC) fiercely battled in the third set to force a fourth frame but the Gamecocks (23-5, 16-0 OVC) claimed the match and remained undefeated in the league.
The set scores were 18-25, 15-25, 34-32 and 18-25.
Naomi Wells turned in another double-digit kill performance for the Tigers with a team best 14 kills. Three Tigers posted double figures in digs led by Kamille King with 21. Terakka Walker tallied 15 while Yamari Padilla-Collazo added 13. Padilla - Collazo also dished out 32 set assists.
In the first set, back-to-back Tiger errors made the score 23-16 in favor of the Gamecocks. JSU held on to win.
Jacksonville State posted the first five points of the second set before a kill by Naomi Wells got TSU on the board. JSU then went on a 6-1 run to open up its lead to 11-2. The Gamecocks would eventually go on to win.
In the third set, TSU captured a 22-16 lead following a JSU attack error. The Gamecocks, however, managed to come from behind to knot the score 24-24. From there it was a battle that went into extra points.
With the score tied 32-32, consecutive attack errors by Jacksonville State gave Tennessee State the win.
In the fourth set, Jacksonville State built its lead up to 22-15 following a Tennessee State attack error. This led to a Tiger timeout. TSU, however, was unable to overcome the deficit.
Tennessee State recorded 48 kills and had a .114 attack percentage. Jacksonville State hit .224 and tallied 57 kills.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday when they host the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky. Match time is slated for 6 p.m. in Kean Hall.