Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Murray State, 3-0, Friday night in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State fell to 3-26 (2-15 OVC) while Murray State improved to 12-16 (11-6 OVC). The set scores were 18-25, 21-25 and 21-25.
Murray State's Logan Su tallied 15 kills on a .500 attack percentage while Ashley Nenninger added 11. Kayleah Sauer and Lydia Orf each recorded 14 digs for MSU.
In the first set, five unanswered points gave Murray State the early lead. TSU posted the next two points but MSU responded with another run to claim an 11-3 advantage. The Racers led by as many as 10 points before going on to win.
A kill by Yamari Padilla- Collazo followed by a Shaquita Williams service ace gave TSU a 10-5 lead in the second set. TSU led 15-10 when MSU went on a 10-5 run to even the score 20-20. The Racers then closed out the frame by outscoring the Tigers 5-1.
The third set went back and forth through the first several rallies. With the score tied 13-13, the Racers posted the next three points to move ahead 16-13. This led to a TSU timeout. A kill from Shawna Ruiz coupled with a Terakka Walker service error brought the Tigers to within one (16-15) but that would be as close as they would get. The Racers were able to keep the Tigers at bay.
As a team, Tennessee State tallied 37 kills and had a .208 attack percentage. Murray State, however, registered 51 kills and hit .370.
Tomorrow the Tigers will conclude the 2009 season with a match-up against the Skyhawks of UT Martin. Before the match begins, seniors Shawna Ruiz and Yamari Padilla- Collazo will be recognized. The contest is slated for a 1 p.m. start in Kean Hall.