Volleyball goes undefeated on day two of Memphis tournament
Saturday, September 11, 2010

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.

Host Memphis won the tournament while Tennessee State finished as the runner-up. Seniors Vicmari Prospero and Santia Sanders were named to the All-Tournament team.

 

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.

Three Tigers posted double-figures in kills led by Shaquita Willams' 16. Kamille King registered a double-double with 11 kills and 18 digs while Danielle Howell recorded 10 kills.

Calasia Williams recorded 16 digs while Santia Sanders (14), Terakka Walker (12) and Erika Moss (10) also notched double-digit digs. Moss also led all players with 45 assists.

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.

Up Next

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.