Tigers Go Down to Redhawks in Five
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cape Girardeau, Mo. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Southeast Missouri on the road Saturday evening at Houck Fieldhouse.

Tennessee State (2-11, 1-2 OVC) recorded 55 kills and hit .119 while Southeast Missouri (6-8, 3-2 OVC) tallied 63 kills and hit .163 in the contest.The Tigers had 11 team blocks while the Redhawks only tallied six.

Sophomore Shaquita Williams had another strong performance for the Tigers with 14 kills and eight block assists. Junior Santia Sanders also posted double-digit kills with 11.

Sophomore Terakka Walker led TSU with 27 digs, while senior Shawna Ruiz and freshman Calasia Williams each chipped in 22 digs apiece. Ruiz also notched eight block assists. Yamari Padilla-Collazo registered 12 digs and 45 set assists.

SEMO's Karleigh DeLong turned in a match-high 25 kills while Emily Hughes added 19. Molly Davis led the Redhawks with 29 digs.

In the first set, TSU made a push down the stretch to pull away with the win. With the score tied 19-19, the Tigers outscored the Redhawks 6-2. The second set saw Tennessee State jump out to a 20-12 lead behind a Southeast Missouri attack error.

The Redhawks battled to within three (22-19) but the Tigers kept SEMO at bay on the way to the 25-20 win.

Leading 2-0, TSU seemed to have the match in hand going into the third set. SEMO, however, used a 9-1 run to capture a 22-14 advantage before claiming the third frame 25-15.

SEMO carried the momentum into the fourth set and jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The Redhawks never trailed and went on to win 25-19.

In the fifth and deciding set, TSU scored the first three points of the set before SEMO tied the contest, 4-4, on a Tiger attack error. Both teams battled point for point until the Redhawks used a 5-1 run to create a little distance behind a 12-8 lead.  

TSU closed to within one (13-12) on a kill from Shaquita Williams but SEMO scored the final two points of the set to seal the win.

Tennessee State returns to action next Tuesday, Sept.29 against cross town rival Belmont before hosting Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech, next Friday and Saturday.