|September 05, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Alana Schouten - 3
BELTRAN - 4
|Morgan St. Germain
Emily Meitz - 4
Gabbi Greenwald - 4
CHASE - 4
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State volleyball team battled against Samford through five sets on Saturday in Kean Hall, dropping the match 3-2.
The Tigers (0-4) started off strong, winning the first two sets of their home opener before dropping the last three to the Bulldogs (2-2).
“Winning the first two sets was good for us,” said head coach Kathy Bullock “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish they way we would’ve liked.”
The Tigers took the lead early in the first set, outscoring the Bulldogs 15-8 before the forcing Samford to take its first timeout. Two services aces from junior Puamana Danielson and kills from juniors Arijana Anderson, Taylor Patterson and freshman Ayanna Chase extended the Tiger lead. Samford tried at a comeback, going on a three-point run late in the match. Another kill from Anderson would end the Samford comeback and push the Tigers past the Bulldogs 25-21 in the first set.
TSU and Samford were neck and neck for majority of the second set, staying within a point of each other for majority of the match. The score was tied 15-15 before a couple kills and a service ace pushed the Bulldogs ahead. The Tigers answered back with services ace and kills from Chase and junior Chloe Watson. Two more service aces from Watson and one final kill by Anderson would give the Tigers a 26-24 comeback win.
The first two sets would prove to be the only two wins of the day for the Tigers, as the Bulldogs came back to win the final three sets of the match 25-15, 27-25, and 15-11.
The Tigers had a chance to win the match during the fourth set, keeping the lead for majority of the set, but errors would prove to be costly. The Bulldogs took advantage of Tiger errors and put an end to the nail-biter with a couple of kills and a service ace to win the set 27-25.
“Samford made some adjustments during the last three sets,” said Bullock. “Those adjustments combined with our errors allowed them to get back in the game.”
The Tigers were led by Arijana Anderson, who recorded 18 kills and a .282 hitting percentage Chloe Watson, who notched her second double-double of the year with a total of 14 kills and 10 digs through the five sets.
Senior Madison Halterman had a stellar performance defensively, recording a total of 22 digs through the five sets. Senior Haley Hampton finished the day with eight kills while freshmen Zahria Graham and Ayanna Chase recorded four kills apiece.
The Tigers are back in action next week as they head to Statesboro Ga. for the Georgia Southern tournament. TSU will face host, Georgia Southern Friday at noon.
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