Nashville --- In the final match of the season, the Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville 3-1 Sunday afternoon in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State (9-18) opened the match with a 25-21 set one win but dropped the next three frames (23-25, 16-25, 22-25) in the loss to SIU-Edwardsville (14-15).
Seniors Vicmari Prospero and Santia Sanders led Tennessee State with 11 kills apiece while sophomore Calasia Williams led the team with 15 digs. Senior Kamille King also turned in double-digit digs with 10.
Sydney Winslow paced SIUE with 16 kills while Julia Whitfield added 12. Karie Downing registered 13 digs for the Cougars.
After trading points in the opening set, SIUE managed to grab an 18-15 lead. TSU, however, responded with three unanswered points, including a kill by Santia Sanders and an ace from Shaquita Williams, to even the score. The Tigers finished the set strong and outscored the Cougars 6-2 to claim the 25-21 win.
With the score at a 10-10 stalemate, SIUE posted the next four points to capture a 14-10 lead in the second set. The Cougars stretched the advantage to 18-12 before the Tigers rallied to cut the deficit down to two points, 21-19. A kill by Vicmari Prospero brought the Tigers to within one, 24-23, but the Cougars held on to win and tied the match, 1-1.
The Tigers seemed to be in control of the third set until the momentum shifted towards the Cougars. TSU was leading 13-10 when SIUE used an 8-1 run to grab an 18-14 lead. An SIUE service error gave TSU its 15th point of the frame but SIUE closed the set with a 7-1 run to win, 25-16, and take a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set was tied when four consecutive points made the score 8-4 in favor of the visitors. TSU fell behind, 17-12, before closing to within two, 17-15, after three unanswered points. With TSU trailing, 21-18, a kill by Shaquita Williams sparked a rally that knotted the score at 21. SIUE held a slight, 23-22, lead when the back-to-back points pushed the Cougars to the win.
Tennessee State finished the match with 37 kills on a .147 hitting percentage while SIU-Edwardsville tallied 53 kills and hit .218. TSU finished the game with 52 digs and had 11 service errors.