Nashville --- On a day that honored the seniors, the Tennessee State University volleyball team picked up a win against UT Martin Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall. In doing so, the Tigers earned their first home win of the season and snapped a nine-match losing skid.
Tennessee State (4-25, 3-15 OVC) registered 37 kills with a .233 attack percentage in the match. UT Martin (8-21, 2-16 OVC) had 32 kills and only managed a .155 hitting percentage. The Tigers led in digs 41-27, assists 34-27 and team blocks 4-2.
Senior Shawna Ruiz turned in a team best nine kills to go along with a .533 attack percentage. She only committed one error on 15 attempts and had two service aces. Senior Yamari Padilla-Collazo dished out a match-high 31 assists while junior Kamille King tallied 11 digs for TSU.
Jenna Kragt led the Skyhawks with nine kills while Christen Clements notched eight digs. Kelly Hogan recorded 24 set assists for UTM.
The first set was close and neither team was able to build more than a two point lead before TSU went ahead 14-10 on a Shawna Ruiz service ace. UTM, however, answered and tied the score at 15. The score then went back and forth. With the frame tied 22-22, TSU posted the next three points to claim the win.
With the score knotted 6-6 in the second set, TSU used a 15-5 run to pull ahead 21-11. UT Martin never recovered as TSU went on to win.
In the third set, TSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. The Skyhawks closed to within one (15-14) down the stretch but the Tigers were able to keep them at bay. TSU built its lead back up to 20-15 before claiming the set and match sweep.