NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With just a pair of matches left in the season, the Tennessee State University volleyball team travels across town to Belmont University on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.
The Tigers (9-20, 3-11 OVC) will take on the Bruins (15-13, 11-3 OVC) for the second time this season. The two teams met at Kean Hall on Sept. 30 when Belmont won 3-1. Both schools have split their season series each year since Belmont joined the OVC. The Bruins won last year’s match at the Curb Event Center.
TSU dropped two heartbreakers this weekend as Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State each came away from Kean with five-set victories. The weekend saw the emergence of sophomore Neisha Crockett and freshman Carla Grayson as both turned in good performances.
Friday’s match against Tennessee Tech saw Crockett lead the team with a career-high 15 kills. She was efficient with her strikes, as well, posting an attack percentage of .333, another career high mark. Grayson broke out during Saturday’s loss to JSU with nine kills and seven blocks. Along with five blocks on Friday, she had 12, total, for the weekend.
If Belmont wins one of their two remaining matches they will secure the second seed in the OVC Tournament. Eastern Kentucky is two games behind the Bruins with two matches left but they hold the tiebreaker, having won both meetings this season.
Arianna Person has been a phenomenal addition to the Bruin rotation this season. The freshman averages 3.26 kills per set along with 3.14 digs per set and has racked up 44 blocks this season. She has also added 31 service aces to give her a team-high 364 points for the year. As a part of a terrific recruiting class that Belmont brought in, Person will help lead a class of players that will be cornerstones for Belmont to build around for the next three years.
The crosstown rivalry match will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center. The contest will be streamed on the OVC Digital Network.