The Tigers are coming off of their two most impressive matches of the season. After a rough start they closed out the Memphis Invitational by winning two matches in a row. The Tigers defeated Air Force and La Salle respectively. The Tigers impressively dropped Air Force in three sets, while defeating La Salle in four. Due to impressive performances during the two wins and throughout the tournament, Vicmari Prospero and Santia Sanders were named to the all tournament team.
The Tigers (2-6) will be looking to keep their hot streak going as they begin conference play. It seems as if they have picked the right time to come together and will be looking to improve on their 3-15 conference record of last season. TSU will look to get off to a good start in OVC play as they open conference play against UT Martin, a team they were able to beat two times last year. Going into conference play Santia Sanders leads the team in kills with 58, Erika Moss is atop the assist category with 176 (7.6 per set) and Calasia Williams leads the way in digs with 79 (3 per set)
Tigers vs. UT Martin (2-8)
The Tigers were able to defeat the Skyhawks in both meetings last year while the all-time series record is 9-30, in favor of UT Martin. The Skyhawks recently took part in the CenturyLink Premier Tournament at Texas State University (0-3). Their last loss came to North Texas in three sets. The Skyhawks were led by senior, 5'11, Katie Redman, who posted a double-double for the first time this season, with 11 kills and 16 digs. Kasey Elswick, who leads the team in digs with 161 tallied 21 digs in their last match and was named to the all-tournament team.
Tigers vs. Murray State (3-7)
The Tigers have matched-up against Murray State over 40 times, as Murray leads the all-time series record 6-40, the Tigers look to turn the tides. The Racers are returning from the UE Dunn Hospitality Tournament (1-2). Their most impressive performance of the tournament was the sweep of Western Carolina (3-6). In that match senior Becca Lamb tallied the best hitting percentage in school history with .714 (10-14) and went on to add eight digs. Becca Lamb is second on the team in kills with 93, while Ashley Nenninger leads with 96. Kayleah Sauer leads in digs with 155. Jade Guo leads the team in assists with 347 and recently posted a triple-double vs. Kent State with 10 kills, 51 assists and 14 digs.