NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off a come-from-behind, five set win, the Tennessee State University volleyball team travels to Southeast Missouri State on Friday for an Ohio Valley Conference matchup.
The Tigers (9-15, 3-6 OVC) have beaten the Redhawks (8-14, 4-4 OVC) five times in their 45 all-time contests. SEMO was victorious last season, taking the match in four sets. TSU last won on Oct. 8, 2011, in a five set thriller. The Tigers had 22 more kills and 11 service aces in that match.
TSU will hope to receive more spirited play from sophomore Arijana Anderson. Her Tuesday night performance was the best of the season, so far. She had a season-best 18 kills and had an attack percentage of .324. The clip was her second best this season, next to a .440 mark she hit against Charleston Southern, although with 12 less attempts than Tuesday night’s match. She also rejected four attacks, one of those being a solo block.
Another sophomore, Neisha Crockett, can look to the first set of Tuesday night’s win as a blueprint for further strong performances. The Knoxville native had a pair of kills in as many attempts and racked up four blocks. She has stepped in nicely at the middle blocker position and the team will benefit from more play like what she showed in that set.
The Tigers will square off with the Redhawks who have won three-straight OVC matches and four of their last five in conference. SEMO has over two blocks a set, as a team, and is hitting .202. Andrea Baylin leads the attack with 2.77 kills per set while Jade Mortimer paces the defense with 3.64 digs per set.
The Redhawks currently sit one spot above the Tigers in the standings.
The match is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Cape Girardeau. There will be a live audio broadcast available through TSUTigers.com