Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team extended its win streak to three matches by winning a crucial OVC contest against Jacksonville State Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State (8-15, 6-9 OVC) opened the match up with a win before dropping two straight to Jacksonville State (12-12, 7-6 OVC). The Tigers, however, answered with consecutive victories to close the match.
The set scores were 25-17, 22-25, 19-2, 24-15 and 15-11.
Tennessee State had four players to hit better than .300 in the match. Shaquita Williams led a balanced offensive attack for the Tigers with a match-high 20 kills (.432). Santia Sanders recorded her second straight double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs while Vicmari Prospero registered 13 kills (.423).
Erika Moss notched a double-double with 51 assists and 14 digs to go along with four kills (.429). Calasia Williams paced the defense with 15 digs, while Terakka Walker tallied 13 and Kamille King added 12.
Kara Slater led Jacksonville State in kills with 12 while Caitlin Vorbeck (11) and Jen Meyer (10) also posted double-digit kills. Lauren Harkins led the team with 20 digs and Alyx Schulte registered 14.
In the opening set, TSU hit a blistering .538 and recorded 16 kills, including eight from Shaquita Williams. Williams hit .727 in the frame as the Tigers used a 10-2 to pull away from the Gamecocks when the score was tied, 15-15. TSU won the set, 25-17.
Both teams traded points in the second set before Jacksonville State put together a small run to go ahead, 15-12. Later the Tigers closed to within one but the Gamecocks used another rally to increase their lead to 21-17. TSU once again came to within one, 23-22, but JSU posted the next two points to hold on for the win.
Similar to the previous two, set three was a see-saw battle that went back and forth. Neither team was able to pull away until the Gamecocks used six unanswered points to grab a 24-18 lead. JSU won the set, 25-19, and captured a, 2-1, match lead.
The Tigers came alive in the fourth set as a kill by Vicmari Prospero sparked a rally that led to TSU grabbing a 15-9 lead. The Tigers swelled the advantage to 17-10 after Kamille King landed a service ace and continued to roll. Back-to-back kills from Santia Sanders followed by a block assist from Shaquita Williams and Danielle Howell stretched the score to, 20-10. TSU cruised to the 25-14 win.
After playing to a 6-6 tie, a JSU error coupled with a kill from Vicmari Prospero gave TSU an 8-6 edge at the halfway mark of the final set. The Tigers moved ahead, 11-8, on kills from Prospero and Shaquita Williams before going ahead, 13-9. The Gamecocks called a timeout and posted the next two points out of the break. With TSU leading, 13-11, a kill from Santia Sanders followed by a JSU attack error pushed the Tigers with the win.
Tennessee State finished the match with 66 kills and a .272 hitting percentage while Jacksonville State only managed 46 kills and hit .139. TSU also held the advantage in digs, 71-61, team blocks, 12.5 - 7.0, and assists, 59-43.
TSU returns to action on Friday, Nov. 5 at Southeast Missouri. The Tigers will face the Redhawks at 7 p.m. in Houck Fieldhouse.