Tigers Swept by Blazers
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Birmingham, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Alabama-Birmingham Tuesday night in Bartow Arena.

The set scores were 23-25, 24-26 and 17-25.

The Tigers (2-17) dropped their seventh straight match while the Blazers improved to 11-10 on the season.

Tennessee State's offensive struggles continued as the Tigers tallied 32 kills and a .072 attack percentage.  Alabama-Birmingham recorded 45 kills and hit .213 for the match. UAB recorded 76 digs compared to TSU's 60.

Shaquita Williams was the only Tiger to post double-digits in kills with 10 while Santia Sanders turned in a match-high 22 digs. Yamari Padilla- Collazo handed out 23 set assists.

Michelle Uzoh and Savannah Pegg led UAB with 12 kills apiece while Jordan  McDonald added 10. Alison Woods tallied 40 assists.

In the first set, the Tigers built up a 21-14 lead but couldn't hold off an 11-2 rally that pushed the Blazers to the win. In set two, the Tigers once again held the lead down the stretch. With TSU leading 22-17, UAB used a 6-1 run to even the score 23-23. With the frame tied 24-24, UAB posted the final two points to seal the win.

Set three was played close through the first half. With the score tied 13-13, UAB used a 7-2 run go ahead 20-15. The Blazers would not relinquish the lead.  

The Tigers will return to conference action on Friday with a match-up against UT Martin.