CLEMSON, S. C. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team recorded their second win of the season at the Clemson Classic against Wofford College on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers (2-6) won 3-1 against the Terriers (2-5) at Jervey Gym. Three players had double-digit kills for TSU as senior Naomi Wells paced the Blue and White with 13. Fellow senior Taylor Swayzer also posted a good match with 11 kills and sophomore Arijana Anderson had 10.
TSU continued to improve their attacking accuracy as they hit .302 for the match. Junior Haley Hampton led the pinpoint strikes as she posted a .571 clip. Were it not for a lone error in the fourth set, she would have had a perfect game. The Mesquite, Texas, native also recorded nine kills in the win against Wofford. Swayzer also had an accurate match as she hit .348.
“We’ve really been trying to cut down on our errors,” head coach Kathy Roulhac said. “We came into this match with a mission and I feel like we accomplished it.”
The Tigers won a battle of a first set 27-25 thanks to clutch kills by Wells and Swayzer. Wells made the kill with the game tied at 25 that set up the game-winning kill by Swayzer. Despite dropping the second set, TSU had a strong vibe from the beginning that carried them through the set loss to set victories in the third and fourth sets.
“The win at Alabama A&M did a lot for these girls. They have great confidence now and know that if they play their game and don’t get dragged into what the opponent wants them to do, they can win.”
TSU’s defense stayed balanced throughout. Senior Jaime Cooper had 11 digs to lead the team. Senior Ileanushka Maldonado and Wells pitched in with eight digs. Blocks came in droves for the Blue and White as they tallied 18 block assists as a team. Hampton led with five while sophomore Neisha Crockett tallied four.
“A focal point of our preseason camps was defense. We worked a lot on our blocks and I felt like I saw real progress today. I’m happy with where our team is at.”
The Tigers will look to continue this momentum and build a winning streak as they play William & Mary at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday followed by Clemson at 6:00 p.m.
There will be an audio broadcast for the William & Mary match presented by TSUTigers.com and a live video broadcast of the Clemson match brought to you by Clemson University.
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