Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team dropped a tough, 3-2, decision to Tennessee Tech Friday night on the road.
The loss ended the Tigers' three-game win streak and moved TSU to 7-5 (3-2 OVC). The Golden Eagles picked up their first conference win of the season and improved to 2-13 (1-4 OVC).
The set scores were: 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-16, 12-15.
After falling behind two sets to one, Tennessee State used a strong fourth set even the match and force a deciding frame.
The high-energy filled fifth set featured nine ties and five lead changes.
A kill by Danielle Howell gave the Tigers a slight, 6-4, lead but the Golden Eagles evened the score at 7-all. TSU went ahead, 10-9, following a service ace from Britani Hathorn but Tech knotted the game once again. With the score at an 11-11 deadlock TTU posted two straight points to take a 13-11 lead.
A kill by Shaquita Williams pulled TSU to within one, 13-12, but back-to-back blocks from the Golden Eagles sealed the win for TTU.
Terakka Walker registered a double-double with 18 kills and 17 digs while Shaquita Williams also tallied 18 kills for the Tigers. Danielle Howell (11) and Rebecca Moudree (10) also posted double-figures in kills.
Natalie Penrod, Ellen Conti and Elise Robertson each recorded 12 kills for Tennessee Tech.
As a team, TSU notched 68 kills behind a .168 hitting percentage while Tech hit .173 and registered 48 kills. The Tigers also held advantage in digs, 69-63.
TSU returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Jacksonville State.