NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With just six matches left in the year, the Tennessee State University volleyball team travels to Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University this weekend.
The Tigers (9-16, 3-7 OVC) will play the Colonels (17-11, 7-3 OVC) Friday at 6:00 p.m. and then travel to play the Eagles (1-23, 1-9 OVC) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. TSU played both teams earlier this season at home, losing to EKU in four sets before beating Morehead State in five. The match with the Eagles saw the Blue and White’s biggest comeback of the year as they were down 0-2 before winning the next three sets to earn the win.
The match with EKU earlier in the season produced the single best attacking display by a TSU player. Senior Taylor Swayzer had 20 kills against the Colonels at Kean Hall on Sept. 27. Her presence in the lineup has been most welcome after she missed three matches battling an injury.
In the last two matches Swayzer has 17 kills while the team has hit .198, compared to the .095 mark they had put up during her three-match absence. Having her in the lineup bolsters the attack and has allowed others like sophomore Arijana Anderson to flourish. Anderson has 30 kills since Swayzer’s return to the rotation.
The Tigers will need their best attacking game as they face EKU and the reigning OVC Defensive player of the Week in Dena Ott. The Colonel libero had 78 digs in three contests last week and has 5.13 digs per set this season. EKU also delivers force on the defensive side of the ball with its blocking, mostly by two players. Rachel Vick and Ciera Koons have combined for 140 total blocks this season. The Colonels are currently tied for third place in the conference.
Morehead State finally got their first win of the season on Oct. 24 when they beat Jacksonville State in five sets. Hannah Sigala had 22 kills while Colbey Cameron racked up 64 assists on the match. Sigala has 128 kills in the Eagles 10 conference matches as well as 39 blocks. Morehead State is in last place in the conference, but is just two games behind TSU.
Friday’s match will be at EKU and it will start at 6:00 p.m. TSU will then head up to play the Eagles at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be aired on the OVC Digital Network.