Nashville, Tenn. - After splitting a pair of home conference matches last week, the Tennessee State volleyball team needs just one more win to match its best OVC start in school history.
The Tigers will get a chance to move to 6-2 in conference play this weekend when they travel to UT Martin on Oct. 12 and Southeast Missouri on Oct. 13.
Last weekend, freshman middle blocker Lindsay Hornsby had 25 kills combined in both matches including a career-high 18 in the win against Tennessee Tech. Her outbreak performance meant that four different players have now led a match in kills this season.
Junior setter Erika Moss helped Hornsby and company rack up kill after kill by providing assists. Moss had her fourth and fifth 40-plus assist matches this past weekend which also marked her third consecutive time accomplishing the feat dating back to the win over Eastern Illinois.
Defensively, senior libero Britani Hathorn was again the team's leader in digs after notching 14 against TTU and 20 in the loss to Jacksonville State. She now has 247 this season and her average of 3.87 digs per set puts her in eighth place in the conference.
Last week, UT Martin fell to Evansville before splitting a pair of OVC matches. The Skyhawks defeated Murray State and lost to Austin Peay to make the team's record entering Friday's match 7-13 overall and 3-3 in the OVC.
Lynsey Hazelwood led the team in kills with 28 in 10 sets. Jackie Harter paced UT Martin with 14 blocks, including a career-best 10 versus Murray State. She became just the sixth Skyhawk to ever record double-figure block totals in a single match. Senior Kasey Elswick recorded at least 20 digs in all three matches last week. She now leads the OVC in digs at 5.92 per set.
TSU's other opponent, Southeast Missouri, fell to Arkansas State before defeating Austin Peay andMurray State to remain undefeated in OVC play.
Junior Emily Coon tallied 36 kills, 17 blocks and a .333 hitting percentage and against Arkansas State, Coon posted season-highs of 15 kills and nine blocks. Junior Julie Shives dished out 119 assists over the three matches, as she moved up to seventh all-time on the school's assists list.
The Tigers begin action on Friday against UT Martin at 6 p.m. and conclude this week's slate the following day with the match versus Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m.