NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team finished up the 2014 season on Saturday with a five-set win against Eastern Illinois at Kean Hall.
The Tigers (10-21, 4-12 OVC) cooled off the Panthers (14-15, 8-8 OVC) who came into the match on a four-match win streak. During that streak, they had only lost one set while TSU was able to end a five match skid.
Naomi Wells ended her Tiger career with a bang. The Huntsville, Ala. native put down 23 kills, dug up 19 attacks, had four blocks, set up three assists, and even had a service ace. It was her 15th double-double of the year and a season-high in kills. She finishes her TSU career with 1,312 total kills.
Wells was joined by Arijana Anderson (17), Haley Hampton (12), and Taylor Swayzer (10) in double-figure kills. Madison Halterman (15), Ileanushka Maldonado (13), Samantha Beltran (13), and Jaime Cooper (11) made it five Tigers with double-figure digs.
Beltran added a career-high 58 assists to her dig total to give her eight double-doubles for her freshman year. The Ontario native also finished the year with the fifth most assists in a single season for TSU. 2014 was quite the opening act for her collegiate career.
Despite not making the OVC Tournament, TSU will end 2014 on a high note with a win. The 2015 squad will have some shoes to fill, but between Anderson, Beltran, Hampton, and Halterman the Tigers have a good core to build on.