Nashville, Tenn. – After spending the last two weeks on the road, the Tennessee State University volleyball team will host UT Chattanooga for their first home match of the 2009 season on Tuesday, September 8th. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Kean Hall.
This will be the sixth meeting all time between the teams with UTC holding the series at 5-0. The last time the teams played, UTC picked up the 3-0 victory on September 21, 2004 inside Maclellan Gym.
The Tigers (1-5) are coming off a two-tournament road swing dropping their last three matches at the Georgia Dawgs Invitational. TSU dropped a hard fought battle to South Alabama (3-2) before falling to tournament host University of Georgia (3-1) and Duke (3-0).
TSU picked up their first win of the season against UL-Monroe, registering a 1-2 record at the Samford Invitational losing to Southern Mississippi and Samford.
As a team, TSU is averaging 11.3 kills, 10.5 assists, and 12.3 digs per set. Terakka Walker and Vicmari Prospero lead the Tigers in kills with a combined total of 91. Walker currently averages a team high 2.33 per set with Prospero registering two per set. Yamari Padilla-Collazo's 192 assists (9.14 per set) leads the Tigers and is ranked seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Lady Mocs (2-1) are coming off a 3-2 win over James Madison at Morehead State's Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational. UTC went 2-1 in the tournament picking up a 3-1 win against East Tennessee State before losing 3-0 to Morehead State.
UTC is led by Courtney Barnes, Heather Parman, and Paula Passmore. Barnes leads the Southern Conference in hitting percentage with .459 on 61 touches. Parman's 3.83 kills per set and Passmore's 5.08 digs per set also lead the SoCon. The Lady Mocs are averaging 12.4 kills, 11 assists and 14.4 digs per game.
Next, the Tigers will compete in the WKU Tournament hosted by Western Kentucky on Sept. 11-13. TSU will play their next home match against Ohio Valley Conference opponent Jacksonville State on October 7.