NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball came back from a two sets to nothing deficit to win their first conference match of the season at home against Morehead State University.
The Tigers (6-9, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated the defending conference champion Eagles (0-14, 0-1 OVC) 3-2 in Kean Hall. On the ropes, TSU won the final three sets to take the match. Both senior Naomi Wells and freshman Samantha Beltran recorded double-doubles as Wells had 13 kills and 13 digs while Beltran had 46 assists and 10 digs.
After dropping the first two sets by a combined margin of 17 points, the Tigers were down to their last set each time they stepped on the court. They responded by winning the third frame 32-30, the fourth 27-25, and the fifth 15-12. The crowd was heavily involved making for a terrific atmosphere in Kean Hall.
Senior Taylor Swayzer led the attack for the Tigers as she put down 14 kills. Sophomore Arijana Anderson and junior Haley Hampton joined the double-digit club with 11 kills each. The offense was driven, though, by freshman Samantha Beltran. The Mississauga, Ontario native put passes on point all night and set up the TSU comeback with authority.
Defensively the Tigers took care of business when they needed to. Senior Ileanushka Maldonado matched Wells 13 digs while senior Jaime Cooper matched Beltran’s 10. Hampton was able to follow up her kill total with five block assists which led the team. Anderson, Beltran, and Swayzer all had a pair of block assists while sophomore Neisha Crockett pitched in with one of her own.
The Tigers will look to continue their momentum in conference play Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as they play host to Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels took down Belmont in five sets on Friday night.
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