Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped three straight sets in a, 3-0, loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon in Eblen Center.
Tennessee State fell to 3-9 (1-3 OVC) while Tennessee Tech (3-12, 1-3 OVC) picked up its first conference win of the season.
The set scores were 22-25, 25-27, and 23-25.
Vicmari Prospero registered 10 kills and a .455 hitting percentage while only committing one error in the contest. Kamille King recorded a double-double for TSU with 10 kills and 13 digs while Terrakka Walker added 12 digs.
Kelsey Gray and Natalie Penrod led the Golden Eagles with 10 kills while Leah Meffert (17) and Allison May (13) led in digs.
Shaquita Williams christened the first set with a service ace but Tennessee Tech would assume control. The Golden Eagles went up 10-5 and later increased the lead to 16-9. TSU closed to within two, 23-21, but TTU held on for the win.
The second set was a battle from the onset and it took extra sets to decide the winner. After trading points throughout the frame, Tennessee Tech used a timely kill and a TSU attack error to squeeze out the win.
Back-to-back kills from Santia Sanders gave TSU a 2-0 lead in the third set before TTU knotted the score, 4-4. Tech then used a run to capture an 11-6 advantage but TSU rallied from behind to tie the frame, 21-21. The rest of the set was played tightly but a Tiger service error, with TSU trailing 24-23, pushed the Golden Eagles to the win.
Tennessee State finished the match with a .194 hitting percentage and Tennessee Tech hit .233 in the contest. TSU held the slight advantage in team blocks, 6-5, and kills, 44-42, but TTU led in digs, 55-46.
Up next, the Tigers return to their home court to host Eastern Illinois (Oct.1) and Southeast Missouri (Oct. 2) in Kean Hall.