Volleyball wins third straight with sweep over EIU
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Volleyball wins third straight with sweep over EIU

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team stayed undefeated at home as the Tigers swept Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall.

With the win, Tennessee State improved to 7-4 (3-1 OVC) while Eastern Illinois fell to 4-11 (2-3 OVC). The set scores were: 25-16, 31-29 and 26-24.

Shaquita Williams led TSU with 15 kills (.433) while Terakka Walker added 12. Britani Hathorn paced the Tigers with 12 digs as Calasia Williams and Rebecca Moudree each tallied 10.

The Panthers did not have any players to reach double-digits in kills but Kat Gosewisch recorded 12 digs to lead EIU.

Tennessee State controlled the first set and out killed Eastern Illinois, 16-5. TSU hit .387 in the frame while only committing four errors.  EIU registered a dismal -.033 hitting percentage behind six errors. The Tigers won the set, 25-16.

In the second set the teams traded points until TSU used a run to create a little distance. A kill by Shaquita Williams coupled with a Panther error made the score 15-10 in favor of TSU.  The Tigers were leading 23-20 when the Panthers used a rally to even the score at 24-all. Moudree put TSU back on top with a kill but EIU answered right back with a point. The frame went on like this for a while until TSU was finally able to squeeze out the, 31-29 win.

Much like the second, the third set was a battle. EIU was able to build a small lead but TSU fought back and evened the score at 14-14 behind a  service ace from Shaquita Williams. The frame took extra points to decide but the Tigers pushed to get the 26-24 victory.

Tennessee State finished the match with 48 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. Eastern Illinois had 36 kills and hit .194 in the contest.

The Tigers return to action when they head to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Friday Sept. 30.  Match time is slated for 6 p.m.