Volleyball returns to action on the road
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Volleyball returns to action on the road

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will look continue its winning streak when the Tigers hit the road to face Ohio Valley Conference opponents Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State this weekend.

The Tigers will match-up with the Golden Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Eblen Center before taking on the Gamecocks on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Tennessee State (7-4, 3-1 OVC) has won three straight and is looking to continue the streak on the road. TSU claimed two victories during the season home openers as the Tigers defeated SIUE (21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17,15-11) and Eastern Illinois (25-16, 32-29, 26-24) last week in front of their home crowd. Senior Shaquita Williams had 16 kills and two service aces versus SIUE and followed that up with 15 kills and four service aces against Eastern Illinois.

Junior Britani Hathorn recorded 41 digs over the two matches, including 29 in the win over the Cougars. Sophomore Erika Moss dished out 62 assists to go with 17 digs against SIUE and tallied 40 assists, four kills and eight digs versus EIU.

The Tigers are led offensively by Shaquita Williams' 3.80 kills per set and .348 hitting percentage. Britani Hathorn is leading TSU with 3.98 digs per outing while Erika Moss guides the offense with 9.88 assists per frame.

As a team, TSU is hitting .175 while averaging 12.34 kills per set.

TENNESSEE TECH (0-4 OVC; 1-13 overall) has yet to pick up a conference win this season as the Golden Eagles fell to Murray State (20-25, 15-25, 10-25) and Southeast Missouri (18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 12-25) last week. Freshman Ellen Canti led the team with 19 kills last week, including 13 versus the Redhawks. Sophomore Allison May recorded 25 digs against Southeast Missouri to finish the week with 36.

JACKSONVILLE STATE (2-2 OVC; 4-10 overall) split a pair of OVC matches last week, falling to Southeast Missouri (15-25, 25-27, 25-16, 23-25) and defeating Murray State (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11). Senior Stephanie Koontz opened the week with a 16-kill performance while hitting .394 at Southeast Missouri. Also against the Redhawks, Koontz had five digs, four blocks and a pair of service aces.

The matches will be available on OVCsports.tv.