Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State volleyball team will look to end the regular season strong with wins against Belmont and SIUE.
The Tigers (16-12, 9-5 OVC) will first take on the Bruins of Belmont on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at home before traveling to SIUE for a date with the Cougars on Nov. 10.
TSU is coming off of a solid 2-1 week that saw the team end its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 win at Alabama A&M and split a pair of OVC contests.
A big reason for the Tigers strong play as of late has been the offensive play of multiple TSU attackers. Both Naomi Wells and Rachel Ambroch finished with double-digit kills during the first two matches of the week while Sherryce Butler and Lindsay Hornsby joined them with over ten kills against Eastern Kentucky.
Wells is currently second in the OVC, averaging 4.24 points per contest.
Added to the potency of the TSU offense this year has been the team's proficiency at serving. The Tigers currently rank first in the OVC with 1.58 aces per set. Senior libero Britani Hathorn has been leading the way for the Tigers all year, and now has a conference-best 38 aces on the year.
Hathorn was also the team leader on the defensive end of the court this week, tallying 48 digs during the three matches. She now has 415 on the season.
Perhaps the most consistent part of the TSU team this year has been the play of setter Erika Moss. Moss recorded 132 assists during the week and even had 56 against the EKU Colonels. She has now had at least 30 assists in her last 14 matches, and has over 40 in four of her last five.
TSU's first opponent of the week is Belmont (13-15, 9-5 OVC), who will be looking for revenge after Tennessee State beat the Bruins 3-2 on Sept. 25 on Belmont. Both TSU and Belmont are tied for second place in the OVC's East Division.
Belmont split a pair of home matches last weekend, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 3-1, and falling to Morehead State, 1-3. The loss to Morehead State snapped the Bruins five-match win streak at home. Junior Allison McCoy recorded a .378 hitting percentage with 18 kills and a pair of blocks over the two matches.
After the match against Belmont, TSU will travel to SIUE (9-16, 5-9 OVC) for the teams' first meeting of the season. TSU is 2-1 all-time against the Cougars.
Last week, SIUE fell to Tennessee Tech, 1-3, before defeating Jacksonville State, 3-1. Senior Brooke Smith led the team with 3.5 kills per set and five service aces over the two matches. Senior Chelsea Colclasure recorded 21 digs versus Tennessee Tech and followed that up with 19 against Jacksonville State.
This week's action starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the last home match of the season against Belmont. The Tigers then close the regular season on the road against SIUE on No. 10 at 1 p.m.