Nashville, Tenn.--- Volleyball will travel to their first two road conference games of the season as they travel to Jacksonville, Ala. to match-up against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Friday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. and follow up by traveling to Cookeville, Tenn. Saturday, September 25, to face Tennessee Tech at 2:00 p.m.
The Lady Tigers were able to win their first conference game of the season against UT Martin in four sets (27-29, 27-25, 18-25, 26-25) then followed with a tough loss to Murray State (27-29, 27-25, 18-25, 26-25). Junior Shaquita Williams hit .429 and tallied a team-best 17 kills in the victory over the Skyhawks. Freshman Erica Moss had two solid performances as she dished out 43 assists along with 11 digs against UT Martin. Also, she tallied 51 assists along with five digs in the losing effort against Murray State. Senior Vicmari Prospero recorded eight blocks over the two matches to go with 22.5 points and seven digs. She registered four blocks in each match. Also, senior Kamille King had two impressive defensive performances as she led both matches in digs while registering 15 against UT Martin along with 19 against Murray State. The Tigers are now 1-1 in conference play and 3-7 overall.
As the tigers continue to improve, they now have two players that have crossed the century mark in digs for the season in senior Kamille King and sophomore Calasia Williams. King now leads the way with 107, while C. Williams follows close being with 104. Santia Sanders and Shaquita Williams have been anchoring the offense as Sanders leads with 88 kills on the season and S. Williams comes in a close second with 83. Freshman setter Erica Moss has also continued to contribute solid play, as she now has 270 assists averaging over eight per set.
Tennessee State vs. Jacksonville State (6-7, 1-1 OVC)
The all-time series record between the Tigers and the Gamecocks is 4-14, in favor of Jacksonville State. Jacksonville State is coming off of a four set win against Eastern Kentucky. In their first OVC victory, the Gamecocks were able to rally after a first-set loss to EKU, and win in four sets (28-30, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19). In the victory, Jen Meyer led in kills with 14 with an attack percentage of .367. Setter, Brooke Schumacher led in assists as she tallied 46, while Junior Lauren Harkins recorded a team high 26 of the Gamecocks' 63 digs against the Colonels.
Tennessee State vs. Tennessee Tech (2-11, 0-2 OVC)
The Tigers have met with the Golden Eagles 40 times and the record stands at 6-34 to the advantage of the Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech has recently dropped matches to Eastern Kentucky (23-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21) and Morehead State (25-22, 25-23, 25-16) in their first conference matches. Sophomore Kelsey Gray recorded 21 kills in the two matches, with a team high 12 with .437 hitting percentage against Morehead State. Freshman Allison May recently recording-high 23 digs versus Eastern Kentucky to finish with 37 between the two matches. Senior Melanie Culp dished out 70 assists last week, 39 of which coming in the match with EKU.
Both matches can been seen on OVCsports.tv.
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