LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Tennessee State University volleyball fell to the University of Cincinnati on Friday at Cardinal Arena three sets to one to finish up the Active Ankle Challenge.
The Tigers (0-6) dropped recorded their first set victory of the season in set number two after dropping the first set to the Bearcats (3-3). TSU recorded 20 kills to just two errors in that set. Three Tigers finished the match with double-digit kills as senior Naomi Wells led all scorers with 17 kills followed by senior Taylor Swayzer with 12 and junior Haley Hampton with 10.
“We came into this tournament with the idea to get that off our plate, win a set,” head coach Kathy Roulhac said. “We did that, and now we can build from there.”
Wells recorded her third double-double of the season as she added 15 digs to her slate of kills. She wasn’t the only Tiger double-double, though, as freshman Samantha Beltran broke out with 43 assists and 11 digs.
Swayzer almost had a perfect match, attacking wise, as she committed three errors at the end to break it up. Sophomore Arijana Anderson was one kill shy of joining the triumvirate as she had nine kills.
“We got a lot of great performances from our attackers. They responded well to the meeting I had with them the other day and I was very happy with what I saw.”
The fourth set of the match, TSU’s first experience in that set this year, extended all the way until the Bearcats took it 27-25. The Tigers were giving it up for every ball and just missed extending the match to a fifth set.
TSU will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Huntsville to play Alabama A&M. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. There will be a live audio broadcast available through TSUTigers.com