Volleyball Continues OVC Play this Weekend
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nashville - After a week off, the Tennessee State University volleyball team will hit the road to face Eastern Illinois on Friday and Southeast Missouri on Saturday in OVC action.

The Tigers (1-10, 0-1 OVC) will be looking to snap a nine match losing skid that began on Aug. 29.

As a team, Tennessee State records 11.13 kills per set with a .113 hitting percentage. The Tigers are led in kills by sophomore Terakka Walker (2.45) and junior Vicmari Prospero (2.21). Freshman Calasia Williams averages a team best 3.03 digs per contest while Walker adds 2.89 digs per set.

TSU is coming off of a 3-1 loss to Austin Peay last week. In the Tigers only competition of the week, the Tigers fell to The Lady Govs (11-25, 25-19, 12-25, 20-25) in the Dunn Center. Sophomore Terakka Walker tallied 11 kills and 12 digs in the match for her third double-double of the season while senior Yamari Padilla-Collazo tallied 28 assists and three kills.

Tennessee State will match up with Eastern Illinois for the 25th time in the series history with the Panthers holding a 21-3 lead. Saturday's contest will mark the 38th meeting between TSU and SEMO, with the Redhawks leading the series 34-3.

Eastern Illinois (7-7, 1-1 OVC) fell to Jacksonville State before defeating Tennessee Tech to kick off conference action. Sophomore Melanie Boykins tallied 29 kills with a .434 hitting percentage over the two matches. She posted a career best 16 kills against Jacksonville State. Sophomore Brittany Wallace had 41 kills on the weekend, including tying a career-high with 23 versus Tennessee Tech. Junior Kylie Cavanah dished out 80 assists.

Southeast Missouri (4-7, 1-1 OVC) defeated Tennessee Tech before falling to Jacksonville State last week. Senior Karleigh DeLong averaged 3.62 kills and 3.25 digs over the two matches. She recorded her third double-double of the season in Tech match. Junior Kelly Benacka dished out 80 assists while also recording 4.38 digs per set last week.

Tennessee State vs. Eastern Illinois will kick off on Friday at 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena. The match can be seen on OVCsports.tv. On Saturday, TSU's match-up with Southeast Missouri is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in Houck Fieldhouse.