Macon, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University handed Troy its first set loss of the tournament but it wasn't enough to pick up the win as the Tigers fell to the Trojans, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at the Bear Brawl.
Tennessee State moves to 4-2 on the season while Troy improves to 5-2. After going undefeated yesterday, the Tigers finish the tournament. 2-1.
The set scores were 21-25, 25-19, 18-25 and 18-25.
Two kills and a service ace from Shaquita Williams to start the match led to TSU going ahead, 7-3, in the first set. The Tigers maintained the lead over the next several rallies but the Trojans came back to tie the score at 12-all.
Troy took the lead on the next possession and moved ahead, 16-12, following three TSU attack errors. The Tigers pulled to within three but that would be as close as they would get as the Trojans went on to win, 25-21.
In the second set, the score was tied when TSU used a 5-1 run to take an 8-4 lead. The Trojans managed to knot the score at 11-apiece but the Tigers used another spurt to take a 21-14 lead down the stretch. A kill from Danielle Howell made the score 24-19 in favor of the Tigers before a Trojan attack error sealed the win and evened the match, 1-1.
Troy jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third set but the Tigers clawed back to within two (8-6) following a service ace by Shaquita Williams. Although the Tigers still trailed, the contest remained close over the next several points. Three consecutive TSU errors, however, increased the Troy lead to 17-12 and led to a Tiger timeout.
TSU narrowed the gap down to just two points (19-17) but Troy went on to win the set 25-18.
The fourth set saw Troy grab a commanding, 15-5, lead behind nine unanswered points. The score was 20-10 in favor of Troy when TSU used a 7-1 run to chop the deficit down to just four points (21-17). The Tigers were unable to complete the comeback as the Trojans held on for he 25-18 win.
Tennessee State held the advantage in kills, 46-42, but only managed a .068 hitting percentage compared to Troy's .157. The Trojans had nine team blocks while the Tigers only registered two.
The Tigers will have a short break before returning to action on Tuesday, September 13 on the road at Western Kentucky. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. at E.A. Diddle Arena.