EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – On a chilly afternoon in southern Illinois, the Tennessee State University volleyball team traveled to SIU-Edwardsville and came away victorious in an Ohio Valley Conference match.
The Tigers (7-11, 2-2 OVC) beat the Cougars (8-11, 04 OVC) 3-1 via strong attacking efforts and excellent serving prowess. Three Tigers had double-digit kills as seniors Taylor Swayzer and Naomi Wells put down 13 and sophomore Arijana Anderson notched 12.
TSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind efficient attacking by junior Haley Hampton and Anderson. Hampton, through the first two frames, hit .625 while her teammate, Anderson, put down points at a percentage of .583. They both finished with a .375 and a .308 attack percentage, respectively.
“Errors have plagued us in years past,” head coach Kathy Roulhac said. “We have been intentional on eliminating them in practice this year and I feel like it is starting to show. We analyze each error in practice and talk about the consequences so the girls are prepared in the match.”
SIUE forced a fourth set with a 25-21 win in the third. Down 21-19, the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to finish off the set victory. The Tigers responded well, though, with a 25-16 match clinching fourth set win
Two Tigers have developed devastating jump serves. Junior Madison Halterman and Hampton both displayed their newly found high-flying hits from behind the line with aplomb, notching four aces between the two of them. For Hampton, it was her first ace as a Tiger. TSU, as a team, had nine service aces.
“They’ve been working on jump serves. Today was the first time they’ve gotten to use them in a match and I was very happy with what I saw. Haley doesn’t get to serve on a regular basis, but she looked good today.”
The Tigers now look to an early home match on Tuesday as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 11:00 a.m.
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