Volleyball heads to Memphis Invitational
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State woman's volleyball team will travel to their second tournament of the season at the Memphis Invitational hosted by the University of Memphis on Sep. 10-11. The Tigers will face Memphis on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in their tournament opener. On Saturday, Sep. 11 Tennessee State will match-up against Air Force Academy at 10:00 a.m. and will have their final match against La Salle University Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Tiger Recap
In the Tigers first tournament appearance, the Active Ankle Challenge in Muncie, Indiana they had a rough weekend but showed improvement throughout the tournament. The size advantage of opponents has shown as the opponents lead in blocks 25-13. But, the Tigers have been able to make improvements in their defense and are almost even with their opponents in digs per set. Freshmen Erika Moss had a solid tournament and now leads the team in assists, with 83, averaging over six assists per set.

Tiger Preview
Tennessee State (0-5) plans to learn from their earlier mistakes and bounce back from their most recent loss to Lipscomb. They showed signs of progress throughout the match while going down in three sets 10-25, 19-25 and finishing strong with a close 21-25 loss of the third set. Kamille King led the defense with eight digs, while Shaquita Williams led the offense with six kills.

TSU vs. Memphis (4-2)
Memphis will be rebounding from the UIC 2010 invite, where they claimed runner-up after beating the host team, UIC in four sets, then dropping a three-set match to Northern Illinois, before going on to defeat Kennesaw State in four sets. Overall, Memphis has been pretty much even with their opponents across the board on offense and defense, although opponents have slight advantages in kills and digs per set. They have still be able to come away with victories. Memphis is led by (RS) sophomore outside hitter Altrese Hawkins, who leads the team with 97 kills along with an attack percentage of .351 along with setter, sophomore Hajnalka Molnar who leads the team with 161 assists on the season averaging over seven per set.

TSU vs. Air Force Academy (1-5)
Air Force is coming off a loss to Utah Valley. After taking the first two sets, Air Force was upset by a three-game rally by Utah Valley, despite the impressive performance by senior Caroline Kurtz who led with 20 kills, while adding 14 digs for her second double-double of the season. The Falcons have been able to get solid play from a variety of players. They have two players with over 100 assists, while Jessica Hellmann leads with 121 assists. Also, they have three players with over 50 digs, while Kelly Spencer leads with 104.

TSU vs. La Salle University (6-6)
The Explorers are coming off of a win against St. Francis led by Junior Kourtney Clark who had a career-high 48 assists. Clark has been the leader of the offense so far this season and leads the team with 247 assists on the year and is tenth all-time in La Salle history in career assists.

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