NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team takes to the road this weekend for an Ohio Valley Conference match at SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday.
The Tigers (6-11, 1-2 OVC) and the Cougars (8-10, 0-3 OVC) are both coming off of midweek losses to conference opponents. Belmont was victorious in Kean Hall on Tuesday night while Eastern Illinois took down SIUE on Wednesday evening. In the few matches all-time between the two schools, TSU holds a 3-2 advantage.
Freshman Samantha Beltran is having one of the best seasons for a Tiger setter in school history. With 633 assists, she already has the 12th most assists in a single season for TSU. She needs 111 to break into the top-10 and 413 to crack the top-5. Her average assists-per-game for the season dictates that Beltran will finish the season with 1,154, which would be the fifth best passing season in school history. Candace Saleauma holds the TSU record for most assists in a single season with 1,351.
The Tigers dropped last year’s match to SIUE 1-3. Senior Taylor Swayzer led TSU with 13 kills while also adding five digs and a block assist while senior Naomi Wells and sophomore Arijana Anderson both had 10 kills, apiece. Wells pitched in eight digs and three assists while Anderson had three digs and a block solo. The Cougars outhit the Tigers .250 to .189.
SIUE has only two matches this season in which they hit .250 or better. In their win against Samford the Cougars hit .350 while they hit .364 in their victory against Mississippi Valley State. Three of the four players who recorded double-digit kills against TSU last season are back this year. Alicia Streetar, who led all scorers in that match and hit .500, Taylor Held, and Kristen Torre anchor the team’s attack. SIUE is bolstered by two preseason All-OVC honorees in libero Chelsea Colclasure and setter Mallory Mangun.
The Cougars were picked to finish sixth and received a first place vote in the preseason poll.
The match is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. in Edwardsville, Ill. The contest will be streamed on the OVC Digital Network.
Fans of the Blue and White can also follow along during the match on Twitter @tnstateVB.