Memphis, Tenn. --- After opening day two of the Memphis Invitational with a win over Air Force, the Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated La Salle, 3-1, in the evening match.
The Tigers improved to 2-6 on the season.
TSU vs. Air Force
The TSU volleyball team picked-up its first win of the season Saturday morning with a, 3-0, win over Air Force.
The set scores were 25-17, 25-12 and 25-18.
Santia Sanders led a balanced offensive attack for TSU with 11 kills (.435). Vicmari Prospero also turned in double-digits with 10 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Kamille King recorded a team-best 11 digs while Erika Moss added a match-high 25 assists.
Behind the serve of Kamille King, TSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening set. The Tigers increased the advantage to 9-3 before the Falcons used a timeout in an attempt to stop the momentum. TSU, however, continued to roll and went on to win the set, 25-17. The Tigers hit .282 and tallied 15 kills in the frame.
TSU carried the momentum in the second set and built its lead up to 12-5 on a service ace by Vicmari Prospero. Another ace from Kamille King made the score 16-9 and the Tigers never looked back. TSU went on to win 25-12 and hit .292 in the set.
With the score tied, 4-4, TSU used a run that included kills from Vicmari Prospero and two huge Tiger blocks to go ahead 8-4. The Tigers built the lead to 12-5 and then 15-7 before the Falcons put together a run that brought them within two, 20-18. TSU answered with five straight points to close out the match. TSU hit an impressive .318 in the third set.
Tennessee State registered 34 kills and had a season-best .294 hitting percentage in the match. The Tigers also notched a season-best 13 service aces. TSU held the advantage in kills, 34-26, assists, 29-23, service aces, 13-4, and team blocks, 6-0.
TSU vs. La Salle
Tennessee State won its second straight with a, 3-1, victory over La Salle Saturday afternoon in Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The set scores were 30-28, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-13.
The first set saw both teams battle to a score of 9-9 before La Salle used a run to take a 14-10 lead. TSU battled back and knotted the set, 19-19, on a service ace from Terakka Walker. From there a battle ensued and the set went into extra points. With the score tied, 28-28, kills from Shaquita Williams and Danielle Howell pushed TSU to the win.
Much like set one, the second set was played very closely. With the score tied, 19-19, TSU outscored La Salle, 6-2, to capture the win and take a 2-0 match lead. The Tigers hit .226 in the frame while the Explorers only managed a .097 hitting percentage.
After playing to a 14-14 stalemate, La Salle scored the next three points to take a 17-14 lead in the third set. TSU closed to within one, 21-20, down the stretch but La Salle held on for the 25-20 win.
Set four was more of the same as each team went back-and-forth over the first several rallies. With the score tied, 10-10, the momentum shifted towards TSU as the Tigers fired off ten unanswered points to take a 20-10 lead. TSU cruised to the, 25-13, victory.
Tennessee State finished the match with 52 kills (.190) compared to La Salle's 43 (.099). TSU also held the advantage in digs, 75-67 and team blocks, 11-5.
Tennessee State will return to its home court to host UT Martin in OVC action on Friday, Sept. 17. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.