Cape Girardeau, Mo. --- After falling behind two sets to none, the Tennessee State University volleyball team fought back to win three straight in a five-set win over Southeast Missouri Friday night in Houck Fieldhouse.
With the win TSU won its fourth straight and improved to 9-14 (7-8 OVC) while SEMO slipped to 6-20 (3-12 OVC).
Santia Sanders led the team and recorded a double-double with 28 kills (.361) and 19 digs. Shaquita Williams tallied 14 kills and Vicmari Prospero added 10. Kamille King also recorded a double-double with 12 kills and a team-best 26 digs.
Andrea Baylin led SEMO with 17 kills while Claire Keaton added 10. Kelly Benacka turned in a match-high 32 digs.
TSU had a 12-8 lead in the first set but SEMO fought back to tie the frame, 15-15. With the score tied, 20-20, the Redhawks outscored the Tigers, 5-1, to come away with the win.
Set two was a back-and-forth battle that went into extra points. The score was tied at 26-all when the Redhawks capitalized on a couple of Tiger miscues and picked up the win.
After playing to a 17-17 stalemate, TSU used a small run to go ahead, 21-18 in the third set. SEMO called a timeout but the Tigers finished strong and won the set, 25-20 to keep the match alive.
In the fourth set, a kill by Danielle Howell made the TSU lead 12-8 before a kill by Vicmari Prospero swelled the advantage to 16-10 later in the set. TSU had 18 kills (.250) in the frame while limiting SEMO to only seven (.103) in the 25-17 win.
The Tigers assumed control in the fifth and deciding set as kill by Vicmari Prospero gave TSU a 10-5 lead. Three unanswered points brought the Redhawks to within two (10-8) but a 5-1 run by the Tigers to close out the set sealed the win.
TSU totaled 76 kills and hit .255 in the match while SEMO only managed 50 kills on a .174 attack percentage.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow against the Panthers at 2 p.m. on the campus of Eastern Illinois.