Nashville --- Tennessee State saw a, 2-0, match lead disappear in a five-set loss to Austin Peay Friday night in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State (5-11, 3-5 OVC) won the first two sets before dropping three straight to Austin Peay (15-4, 6-2 OVC). The set scores were, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 21-25 and 7-15.
Kamille King recorded a double-double with a team-high 16 kills to go along with 13 digs. Danielle Howell registered 10 kills for TSU while Santia Sanders led the team with 16 digs. Erika Moss also registered a double-double with 38 assists and 13 digs. Vicmari Prospero hit .412 in the contest and turned in five service aces while Shaquita Williams added five.
Ilyanna Hernandez led APSU with 21 kills in addition to 11 digs. Nikke Doyle added 18 kills and 10 digs while Paige Economos notched 29 digs. Kayla Grantham (16) and Sarah Alisaleh (12) also tallied double-digit digs for the Lady Govs.
After a back-and-forth opening set, TSU was finally able to create a little distance, 16-13, following a number of attack errors by APSU. The Tigers maintained the lead until the Lady Govs knotted the score, 17-17. APSU briefly took the lead, 23-22, but three straight points, including two aces from Vicmari Prospero pushed TSU to the 25-23 win.
Another couple of aces from Prospero gave TSU an 8-5 lead in the second set before APSU used a 9-4 run to go ahead, 14-12. The Tigers, however, reclaimed the lead, 18-17, after Erika Moss landed an ace. The TSU service game continued to roll as the Tigers grabbed a 22-19 advantage on an ace from Shaquita Williams. The Lady Govs managed to even the score, 22-22, but TSU closed out the set with three straight points to claim the, 25-22, win. TSU had five aces in the frame.
Trailing the match two sets to none, ASPU jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third frame. TSU fell behind 10-5 before using a timeout to slow Austin Peay down. Out of the break, however, APSU swelled the advantage to 21-10 before eventually going on to win, 25-14.
Austin Peay had the momentum early in the fourth set and captured a 13-10 lead. Tennessee State battled back to, 16-16, but a 4-1 run put APSU back on top, 20-17. The Tigers put together a run of their own and managed to even the score, 21-21, before the Lady Govs used two kills and a Tiger attack error to move ahead, 24-21. TSU called a timeout but an APSU service ace, on the next point, gave the Lady Govs the win and forced a fifth set.
The fifth set saw both teams trade points through the first eight points. With the score tied, 4-4, Austin Peay fired off six unanswered points to grab a 10-4 lead. The Tigers never recovered as Lady Govs outscored the Tigers 5-3 down the stretch to seal the win.
Tennessee State finished the match with 47 kills and a .111 hitting percentage while Austin Peay tallied 57 kills and hit .217. TSU had 10 service aces in the contest and APSU recorded eight.
The Tigers will return to action next Friday when they host the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.