Nashville, Tenn. --- This weekend the Tigers will try and continue to improve their OVC record following a win against Eastern Kentucky as they host two conference opponents in Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. On Friday, October 29 the Tigers will face Tennessee Tech at 7:00p.m., followed by Jacksonville State on Saturday, October 30. Both games will be held at Kean Hall.
Last night the Tigers were able to break a six-match losing streak by defeating Eastern Kentucky, 3-1 on the road. With this victory the Tigers improved to 6-15 (4-9 OVC). The Tigers' offense was led by Shaquita Williams
as she tallied 16 kills along with Vicmari Prospero
who registered 15 kills, while posting an impressive .625 hitting percentage. In her 24 attempts, Prospero committed no attack errors. On the defensive side Calasia Williams
came up with 20 digs while Santia Sanders
had a solid performance with 12 digs to add to nine kills.
As the Tigers look to remain in the hunt for playoff contention their offense is being led by senior Santia Sanders
as she has recorded 202 kills on the season, along with Shaquita Williams
who comes in a close second with 199 kills, and the efficient Vicmari Prospero
who has 170 kills while hitting .309 on the season. Kamille King
and Calasia Williams
continue to anchor the defense. King leads the team with 244 digs averaging over three per set, while Williams has registered 229 digs averaging over two per set. Freshman setter Erika Moss
had tallied 684 assists on the season averaging nine per set.
Tigers vs. Tennessee Tech (6-16, 4-7 OVC)
The overall series record between the Tigers and the Golden Eagles stands at 6-35 as the Tigers dropped a match to Tech earlier this season, 3-0. Tennessee Tech will be coming off of a four set loss to Eastern Kentucky. The scores were 28-26, 25-16, 11-25 and 25-18. In the losing effort, senior Leah Meffert registered a game-high 17 put-aways while adding 10 digs, freshman Ashleigh Hancock posted a season-high 17 assists, and fellow freshman Natalie Penrod was able to add nine kills.
Tigers vs. Jacksonville State (12-10, 7-4 OVC)
Jacksonville State leads the overall series between the two teams, 15-4. In their match-up earlier this season Jacksonville State was able to edge out the Tigers in a close 2-3 match, set scores were 25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 11-15. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks were recently swept (25-13, 25-12, 25-11) by first-place Morehead State. Coming into the game the Gamecocks had not lost a home game sense being defeated by Morehead State in 2008. During the game the Gamecocks hit a season low -.039. Lauren Harkins led all players in digs with 12. Tennessee State will be the final road trip of the season for the Gamecocks and they will be looking to finish strong.
Friday night will be "Black Out Night" and all fans are encouraged to wear black. Saturday's match is "Dig for the Cure" in continuance with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All fans are asked to wear pink or blue in support of the cause.