Tigers Eliminated From OVC Championships
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tigers Eliminated From OVC Championships

Morehead, Ky. - The Tigers got off to a slow start as they fell to Morehead State in their semifinal game at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships on Friday evening. The Tigers lost in three (13-25, 30-32, 21-25) to the top seeded Eagles to end their 2012 campaign.

TSU was held to their second lowest hitting total of the season with a .040 (31 kills-26 errors-125 total attempts) percentage. MSU finished with 44 kills (21e-123ta-.187) to go along with 12 blocks (three solo).

The Tigers were led by Naomi Wells with seven kills, Erika Moss with 23 assists and Britani Hathorn with 21 digs.

In the first set, the Eagles jumped out to an early 12-3 lead before the Tigers could mount any type of offense.  At 15-7, a Sherryce Butler kill and a Rachel Ambroch ace bookend a couple Eagle miscues to get closer at 15-11. TSU could not get any closer as MSU closed out the set with a 10-2 run.

TSU recorded just seven kills opposed to eight errors in 34 attempts for a -.029 hitting percentage, while the Eagles hit .300 (13k-4e-30ta) in the opening set.

In the second set, the Tigers held a 9-7 lead when Butler's kill went off an MSU defenders head and seemed to ignite the team. Ambroch and Lindsay Hornsby followed up with a block of 2012 OVC Player of the Year Ellie Roberson to make the score 11-7. The Tigers continued to put the pressure on with kills by Ambroch and Hornsby and upped the lead to 14-7.

TSU would then stall as they committed six errors over the next nine points to allow Morehead State to tie the game at 15-15. The Eagles would gain the lead as the two teams would trade points in what became an epic battle.

With the score tied at 23-23, Roberson registered one of her game-high 20 kills to give the Eagles the advantage. Hornsby would return the favor to even the score at 24-24 and send the game into extra points. The Tigers took the advantage when Ambroch slammed home a kill and teamed up with Butler for a block to go ahead 27-26. TSU could not close out MSU as they had three separate occasions to win the second set. With the lead at 30-29, the Tigers recorded three straight attack errors and dropped a heartbreaker 32-30.

After trailing early in the third set, Emilie Aase scored a kill and was followed by two more off the arm of Ambroch to take the lead at 8-7. The set went back-and-forth until MSU was able to get away from the Tigers and build a 22-19 lead. TSU fought back as Moss dropped in a kill and was followed up by an Ambroch Ace to pull within one at 22-21. That is as close as the Tigers would get as the Eagles stepped up with two of their 12 blocks on the night to solidify the set at 25-21.

The Tigers closed out the season with an 18-14 record, equaling the number of wins from 2011. It is also tied for the fourth most wins in a season in school history.