Nashville, Tenn. -- The Tennessee State volleyball team knocked off the University of Tennessee at Martin in Ohio Valley Conference play with its 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18) win Saturday afternoon at Kean Hall. Tennessee State improves to 11-7 overall and 7-4 in the OVC as they put a stop to the Skyhawks six-game win streak. UTM drops to 13-8 overall and 8-3 in conference play.
TSU used a balanced attack with four players ending with double-digit kills. Shaquita Williams led the way with 14 at a match high .273 hitting percentage. Terakka Walker followed with 12 kills along with 15 digs and five assists. Rebecca Moudree notched eleven kills, while Danielle Howell added ten.
The first set was back and forth early with the Skyhawks taking control at 11-9. The Tigers would stay close and finally catch UTM at 19-19 on a kill by Moudree. TSU received kills from Howell and Erika Moss along with two attack errors by the Skyhawks to take a 23-19 lead. TSU would close out the first set with Howell's only block solo of the match and the second kill of the set for Moudree.
UT Martin was in full control of the second set with runs of 5-0 and 7-0 to jump out to a 15-6 lead. The Skyhawks hit .235 and posted two blocks in defeating the Tigers 25-16 to even up the match at 1-1. Ashley Daugherty had four kills and no attack errors for a .444 hitting percentage in the set for UTM.
In the third set, the Tigers clawed back to tie up the score 22-22 on a Williams kill after the Skyhawks broke away taking an early 12-7 lead. Ashley Hamilton recorded back-to-back aces putting TSU up 24-22. The Tigers sealed the 25-22 win on the Skyhawks fifth attack error of the set.
The Tennessee State hitting attack took over midway through the fourth and deciding set as they finished with 19 kills for a .351 hitting percentage. UTM was able to get within one at 17-16, but the Tigers would close out the match with an 8-2 run. Walker and Williams teamed up for the teams sixth block of the match and the 25-18 win.
Erika Moss finished with 43 assists along with five kills and ten digs for TSU. The product of Fort Wayne, Ind., also recorded three block assists.
Doherty led UT Martin with a .231 hitting percentage on seven kills, while Allie Whimpey registered a team high eight kills.
The Tigers continue OVC play as they host Eastern Kentucky in a key match-up on Monday, October 17. The contest is scheduled for 6:00 pm in Kean Hall.