Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State volleyball used five games to take down cross-town rival Lipscomb University on Tuesday night in Keane Hall. The Tigers improved to 15-9 as they defeated the Atlantic Sun Conference leading Bison, who dropped to 16-8.
Senior Shaquita Williams led the way with 15 kills and finished with a .444 hitting percentage, along with three aces. Junior Danielle Howell added 13 kills and a team high five block assists. Sophomore Erika Moss drove the offense with 51 assists and added four kills, seven digs, three block assists, a block solo and an ace.
The Tigers took control early in game one behind six kills by Williams and three block assists by Howell, who teamed up twice with Moss and once with Rachel Ambroch. The Bison went on a three point run to bring the score to 20-16, but the Tigers responded with five straight, capped by a Rebecca Moudree kill, to close the game out 25-16.
The roles reversed in game two as Lipscomb scored the first point and never looked back for a 25-21 win. The Bison had 17 kills with five errors on 40 attempts for a .300 hitting percentage. TSU finished with a .237 hitting percentage on 13 kills, four errors and 38 attempts.
The Tigers took the early lead in the third game, only to see the Bison work their way back and tie the score 17-17. On the play, Moudree stayed down on the court with an ankle injury, which held her out for the remainder of the game. TSU would again take control on a kill by Terakka Walker to make the score 22-19. But the next play saw a second Tiger player go down with an injury. Moss went head first into the bench chasing after a tipped ball off a kill by the Bison's Lauren Ford.
TSU head coach Kathy Roulhac would have to spend a timeout as the training staff attended to Moss. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native would return, but the momentum had seemed to shift the way of the visitors, as they tied the score again at 23-23. Williams would step up again with a kill to give the Tigers the lead and set the stage for Ambroch's loan service ace of the night for the 25-23 win.
Both Moss and Moudree returned to the floor for the start of game four, but the Tigers seemed a bit off with their game as Lipscomb scored the first four points. TSU would settle in and clawed back to take a 10-9 lead on a kill by Walker. The game went back and forth as the Bison reclaimed the lead despite Ambroch recording a kill getting the Tigers back within two points at 16-14. Lipscomb would go on a 9-1 run to finish TSU and send the match to a decisive fifth game.
The final tilt saw five ties and three lead changes before TSU grabbed an 8-6 lead as the teams switched sides. Williams once again made her presence felt as she recorded two kills giving the Tigers a 10-8 cushion. But the Bison tied the game at 10-10 on two consecutive attack errors by the Tigers. After a service error by Lipscomb, Howell picked up her final kill of the night and Williams added an ace to take a commanding 13-10 lead. With the score 13-11, the Tigers would solidify the win with Moudree's ninth kill of the evening and a block solo by Walker.