Clemson, S.C. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Clemson before defeating Loyola-Maryland to pick up a second place finish at the Big Orange Bash.
Tennessee State went 2-1 in the season opening tournament while Shaquita Williams and Terakka Walker were named to the All-Tournament team.
TSU vs. Clemson
Tennessee State fell to the tournament champions in three straight sets. The set scores were 25-15, 25-19 and 25-10.
Senior Shaquita Williams led the Tigers with 11 kills and hit .381 in the contest but the team only managed a .049 hitting percentage and 26 total kills. Erika Moss tallied 25 assists while Britani Hathorn registered 13 digs.
TSU recorded 2.5 team blocks compared to Clemson's 11.0. CU also notched 44 kills behind a .374 hitting percentage.
TSU vs. Loyola (MD)
Tennessee State claimed the first two sets (25-25, 25-23) before Loyola-Maryland answered with a win in the third frame (25-18). The Tigers, however, won set four (25-19) to seal the win.
The Tiger offense was led by Shaquita Williams with 16 kills (.342) and three service aces while Terakka Walker with 10 kills. Erika Moss dished out 45 assists while Britani Hathorn (15) and Calasia Williams (14) each recorded double-digit digs for TSU.
Tennessee State tallied 53 kills and hit .230 in the contest while Loyola (MD) recorded 38 kills and only managed a .160 hitting percentage. Both teams notched 4.0 team blocks while TSU held the advantage in digs, 59-56, and service aces, 7-6.
TSU returns to action next weekend at the Bear Brawl hosted by Mercer. During the week, the Tigers will host a "Meet & Greet" for fans on Tuesday, August 30 at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Hall.