NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team kicks off the conference portion of their schedule this weekend as they play host to defending OVC champion Morehead State on Friday and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
The Tigers (5-9) finished non-conference play winning five of their last eight matches. TSU will look to turn things around against the Golden Eagles (0-13) and the Colonels (10-6) as they dropped all four matches against the two conference foes a year ago. Morehead State took both matches against TSU in straight sets while the Tigers managed to steal a set from EKU in Richmond, but still lost both contests to the Colonels.
The Blue and White attack has really stepped up during this last eight game stretch. Senior Taylor Swayzer is leading the team in total kills (112), kills per set (3.39), and attack percentage (.340). She has half a point less than senior Naomi Wells who has notched 118.0 points during that stretch. Freshman Samantha Beltran has been igniting the attack with 348 assists (10.55 per set). As a team, TSU is hitting .214 over the last eight matches.
The Tigers begin conference play on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. as they host the defending OVC Champions in Morehead State. After a successful season in 2013, the Golden Eagles set up a difficult non-conference schedule in 2014 and have labored through it. Among their 13 losses, two have been to ranked opponents, five to teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season, and seven have been on the road. Hannah Sigala leads MSU on offense with 2.36 kills per set and a .256.
The Colonels have had a successful non-conference campaign as they have racked up over half the wins they had in 2013. The last tournament they participated in saw EKU fall one set shy of sweeping in Columbia, S. C. at the Carolina Classic (South Carolina beat them 3-2). The Colonels are led by their libero who has piled on the digs this season, getting 254 of them (4.54 per set), in 16 matches. Their attack is anchored by Alexis Plagens and her 3.21 kills per set.
The Tigers begin the weekend on Friday night with the Morehead State match slated for 6:00 p.m. They will then host Eastern Kentucky for homecoming at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. There was a tremendous atmosphere in Kean Hall for the match victory over East Tennessee State and Big Blue Fans are encouraged to one-up that crowd this weekend.
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