Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team lost in their season-opening exhibition match Saturday afternoon, falling in four sets to the TSU Alumni team.
The alumni captured the first set, 25-19 but the current TSU squad battled back to tie the match, 1-1, with a 25-16 victory in set two. The alumni regained the lead in the third set by pulling out the 25-22 win. The final set was close but the TSU alumni team proved victorious, winning the set in extra points, 26-24.
"I think we did alright today," said head coach Kathy Roulhac. "I watched from the stands because I wanted to make sure I could scout our team. We did a lot of mixing up the rotations just to see how people would fit in different positions on the court. It gave me a good opportunity to actually see us. All in all I think we executed what we wanted to execute."
The alumni team, comprised of members from the 2005 and 2007 OVC championship teams, was a good early season challenge for the Tigers.
"I would've hoped for the victory but we really weren't focusing too much on wins and losses when it came to this match," Roulhac continued. "I know the alumni were happy with the win but we wanted to come out here today and see what would work for Tuesday's match. That's our main concern right now."
The Tigers will kick-off the regular season this Tuesday, Aug.31, when they host the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky in Kean Hall at 7 p.m.