Tigers edged by Tech in five-set battle
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Tigers edged by Tech in five-set battle

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.

Britani Hathorn paced the TSU defense with 20 digs while Erika Moss added 12.

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.