NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team will host two Ohio Valley Conference matches this weekend as Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State come to Kean Hall.
The Tigers (9-18, 3-9 OVC) will take on the Golden Eagles (11-17, 6-6 OVC) Friday night before facing the Gamecocks (16-13, 7-5 OVC) on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are fighting for a spot in the conference tournament with just four matches left in the 2014 regular season.
TSU will look to lean on the precision of senior Taylor Swayzer and junior Haley Hampton. They are the top two Tigers when pertaining to attack percentage this season as Swayzer is hitting .245 while Hampton leads with a .247 clip. Hampton has stepped up her game in conference play, hitting .264 in OVC matches. The precision of both hitters will go a long way to helping the Tigers get a couple of wins this weekend.
Opposing them will be a TTU side that has lost three of its last four matches. In their three losses to Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay, and Murray State, the Golden Eagles won only two sets. Cody Dodd has been trying to carry the load for TTU as she has 40 kills in those three losses. Libero Courtney Smith has 67 digs in those three losses, as well. The Golden Eagles were victorious earlier in the season against TSU when the two teams played in Cookeville.
Like TTU, Jacksonville State took home the W earlier this season when the Tigers traveled to Jacksonville. Also similar to Tech, the Gamecocks have lost three of their last four OVC matches, including Oct. 24’s defeat at the hands of Morehead State, the Eagles' first match victory of 2014. JSU continues to play well, despite the results, as they have had 135 kills and 210 digs as a team in the three losses.
The Gamecocks currently are tied for fourth in the OVC with Austin Peay while Tennessee Tech is deadlocked with SEMO in sixth.
Friday’s match against TTU will begin at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday’s contest will begin at 2:00 p.m.