Nashville --- Four Tiger volleyball players tallied double-digit kills but it wasn't enough as Tennessee State fell to Eastern Kentucky, 3-2, Tuesday night in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State (3-25, 2-14 OVC) dropped its eighth consecutive
match with the loss while Eastern Kentucky moved to 7-18 (6-9 OVC). Set scores were 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 28-26 and 5-15.
After falling behind, 2-1, Tennessee State battled from behind to force a fifth set. The Tigers, however, faltered in the final frame, only posting five points and a .-083 attack percentage.
Naomi Wells led Tennessee State with 17 kills while Shaquita Williams and Vicmari Prospero added 13 each. Shawna Ruiz chipped in 12 kills. Terakka Walker just missed a double-double with a match-high 31 digs to go along with nine kills. Kamille King registered 25 digs while Yamari Padilla- Collazo recorded 13 digs and 54 assists.
Lauren Snyder posted a double-double for Eastern Kentucky with 18 kills and 13 digs. Lindsey Loescher also recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 21 digs. Autumn Harms (13) also tallied double-figures in kills for EKU. Abby O'Connor led the Colonels with 22 digs while Kate Hendle and Kelsey Rose notched 18 and 13, respectively. TSU nearly hit .300 in the opening set and only committed four errors. With the score tied 23-23, a kill by Shaquita Williams coupled with a Vicmari Prospero service ace gave TSU the win.
Eastern Kentucky won the second set after using a late scoring run to open up the lead. EKU outscored TSU 10-6 down the stretch to claim the win and even the match 1-1.
In the third set, Tennessee State committed 12 errors and only managed a .038 hitting percentage. EKU won the set, 25-18.
TSU posted its best attack percentage of the night in set four (.429). The Tigers had 22 kills in the frame and only four errors. It was a battle that went to extra points. With the score knotted, 26-26, timely kills from Naomi Wells and Terakka Walker pushed TSU to the win and forced a fifth set.
In the fifth frame, however, the TSU offense never found any momentum. The Tigers only had five kills while committing seven errors. EKU built up its lead to 11-5 before scoring four unanswered points to capture the win.
As a team, Tennessee State tallied 70 kills (.176) compared to Eastern Kentucky's 64 (.242) but the Tigers committed 33 errors while the Colonels only had 17. TSU was out blocked by EKU as the Colonels registered 10 team blocks compared to the Tigers' five.
Tennessee State will return to action this Friday with a match-up against Murray State. The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Kean Hall.