Nashville --- After dropping set one, the Tennessee State University volleyball team won three straight in a, 3-1, victory against UT Martin Friday night in Kean Hall.
TSU extended its win streak to three matches and improved to 3-6 (1-0 OVC) while UT Martin fell to 2-10 (0-1 OVC).
Shaquita Williams led TSU with 17 kills and a scorching .429 hitting percentage. Williams also recorded four service aces and four block assists. Santia Sanders tallied a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs while Kamille King also notched a double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs.
Lauren Montague led UTM with 22 kills to go along with 10 digs while Katie Redman tallied 12 kills and 19 digs. Kasey Elswick (20) and Kelly Hogan (11) also registered double-digit digs.
From the first point of the opening set it was a battle as the score went back-and-forth. The largest lead either team could build was two points for the majority of the frame. UTM managed to go ahead 21-18, which led to a TSU timeout. Down the stretch, the Skyhawks capitalized on a number of Tiger miscues and pulled out the 25-23 win.
TSU picked up the intensity in the second set, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. TSU maintained the advantage and led by as many as six before UTM rallied to within one. With the Tigers holding on to a slight, 24-23, lead a Skyhawk attack error handed TSU the win.
After playing to a 6-6 tie, TSU took control in the third set, capturing a 14-9 lead. UTM cut into the TSU lead but the Tigers were able to keep the Skyhawks at bay. TSU won the set, 25-23.
The fourth set was filled with long rallies and tough battles. TSU went ahead 17-12 but UTM used a 5-1 run to cut the deficit down to one (18-17). Moments later, a UTM error sandwiched by kills from Santia Sanders and Kamille King put TSU back on top, 21-17. The Tigers never trailed again.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow when they host the Racers of Murray State in Kean Hall at 2 p.m.