NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off of their first set victory on Saturday, the Tennessee State University volleyball team will travel to Huntsville, Ala. to take on Alabama A&M on Tuesday.
The Tigers (0-6) will face the Bulldogs (1-6) at 7:00 p.m. at T.M. Elmore Gym. This will be the 16th matchup all-time between the two schools on the volleyball court. Alabama A&M leads the series 8-7, but TSU has won the last two meetings, including a 3-0 victory in 2012 in Huntsville.
Last year, the two teams met in Nashville with the Tigers winning 3-0. A junior in 2013, Naomi Wells had 18 kills and a .615 attack percentage. All but four TSU players recorded a kill and the team hit to a .371 clip. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were held to a .187 attack percentage with no one player hitting better than a .250 clip.
Wells led the Blue and White in kills (31) and digs (30) this past weekend in Louisville, earning her a spot on the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team. She also moved into sole possession of third place on the TSU career attack attempts list during Friday’s match with No. 24 Louisville.
She was not the only standout performer; however, as freshman Samantha Beltran broke out this weekend. The Mississauga, Ontario native recorded her first career double-double against Cincinnati, tallying 43 assists and 10 digs in four sets of action. She and her attackers are beginning to build a connection that could vault this team to a strong campaign.
Beltran, Wells, and the rest of the Tigers will look to get a victory in Huntsville this Tuesday against an Alabama A&M side that fell one set short of a SWAC Championship just a year ago.
The Bulldogs are led by Sophomore Ashundria McNeal. The middle blocker from Memphis leads the team in attack percentage (.222), and blocks (21) and is second in kills with 53. McNeal is joined by Kyanna Sales who leads the team in kills with 62 and digs with 60.
A&M’s lone victory came against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. They took the match in five sets back on Aug. 30. The Bulldogs had a 5-2 record at home last year.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Huntsville. There will be live audio available through TSUTigers.com with the broadcast beginning shortly before the first serve.
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