Muncie, Ind. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team concluded play at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Ball State University on Saturday against Oakland University and Robert Morris.
Tennessee State dropped both contests and fell to 0-4 on the season.
TSU vs. Oakland
Despite a well played third set, Tennessee State dropped the match, 3-0, to Oakland University Saturday afternoon on day two of the Active Ankle Challenge.
The set scores were 13-25, 13-25 and 24-26.
Oakland captured the momentum early in set one, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. TSU closed to within one behind a couple of OU errors but the Golden Grizzlies opened up the lead to 17-9 before going to win 25-13.
OU carried the momentum into the second set and went ahead 13-7 forcing a TSU a timeout. The Golden Grizzlies went on an 8-2 run that made the score 21-9 before going on to win the set 25-13.
TSU picked up its intensity in the third set capturing a 5-3 lead on a service ace by Shaquita Williams. Kills by Kamille King and Santia Sanders along with a service ace from Vicmari Prospero led to TSU capturing a 10-6 lead.
Following an Oakland timeout, TSU maintained its lead and stretched the advantage to 19-14 before the Golden Grizzlies used a 6-1 run to knot the score 20-20. A kill by Kamille King gave the Tigers a slight 24-23 edge but three consecutive errors by TSU allowed OU to pull out the 26-24 win.
TSU vs. Robert Morris
TSU played Robert Morris extremely tough before eventually falling to the Colonials, 3-1, in the final match of the Active Ankle Challenge.
The set scores were 22-25, 29-31, 25-23 and 25-19.
The Tigers had four players to post double-digits in kills, led by Vicmari Prospero's 14. Shaquita Williams and Kamille King each turned in 12 kills and Santia Sanders added 11. Danielle Howell just missed double-digits with nine.
Lindsey Monger led the Colonials with 15 kills while Amanda Craig added 12.
As a team, the Tigers held the advantage over the Colonials in kills, 61-55, and digs, 88-79.
With TSU trailing 23-22 in a tightly contested opening frame, RMU capitalized on two Tiger errors and claimed the 25-22 win.
It took extra points to decide the winner in set two. Both teams battled back and forth down the stretch but once again the Tigers saw the set slip away due to untimely miscues. With the score tied, 29-29, an attack error coupled with a bad set, led to RMU escaping with the win.
In another fiercely contested battle, both teams went point-for-point in the third set. With the score tied, 22-22, TSU outscored RMU, 3-1, to pull out the 25-23 victory.
In the fourth set, the Tigers seemed to lose a little steam as the Colonials jumped out to a 5-0 lead. RMU stretched its lead to 22-11 before going on to win the set 25-19.
The Tigers will return to action next week when they match-up against the Bisons of Lipscomb University on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Match time is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.