|September 11, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|September 11, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Vaimaona - 7
HALTERMAN - 2
Statesboro, Ga.- The Tennessee State Tigers broke their four-game losing streak with wins against tournament host, Georgia Southern (3-5) and Chicago State (0-8) on Friday.
Game 1 vs. Georgia Southern
The Tigers fought through four sets against the Georgia Southern Eagles before pulling out their first win of the season, taking the match 3-1.
Things started out slow for the Tigers in the first set, as the Eagles took an early 8-1 lead and never looked back. GSU was able to capitalize on multiple Tiger errors to eventually extend their lead 20-10. TSU attempted to make a late run with three back-to-back kills to make the score 22-15, but that wouldn’t be enough to hold off Georgia Southern, as the Eagles went on to win 25-18. As a team, the Eagles recorded a .324 hitting percentage while the Tigers only hit .116 for the set.
The first set would prove to be the only win for the Eagles, as the Tigers went on to take the next three sets, pulling out two come-from-behind wins in the third and fourth sets.
A four point run in the second set, highlighted by two service aces from senior Haley Hampton and a kill from sophomore Samantha Beltran, would be the catalyst the Tigers needed to take their first lead against the Eagles. Georgia Southern attempted at a comeback late in the set, but kills from Hampton and junior Arijana Anderson would put an end to the GSU run and would give the Tigers their first win of the match (25-20).
The Tigers kept a good lead for majority of the second set, until a couple of Eagle kills and TSU errors allowed for a late Georgia Southern comeback. With the score tied 23-23, Anderson and junior Chloe Watson put down consecutive kills to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the match. As a team, the Tigers hit .316 for the set, their highest hitting percentage so far this season.
TSU trailed Georgia Southern for majority of the fourth set, before a couple late runs by the Tigers tied the set at 22-22. With two kills from Anderson and Hampton and a kill from freshmen Zahria Graham, the Tigers took the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Game 2 vs. Chicago State
The Tigers remained hot going into the second game of the day, sweeping Chicago State in three games.
Over the three sets the Tigers tallied 43 kills and 45 digs, while holding the Cougars to a .000 hitting percentage the first set and a .172 and -.032 hitting percentage in the second and third set. For the match, the Tigers outhit the Cougars .043 to .247.
The Tigers were led by Haley Hampton who posted a .421 hitting percentage with 11 kills on 19 attempts, 3 digs and 5 blocks. Chloe Watson recorded 12 kills and five digs, while Arijana had 10 kills and two blocks. Freshman Ayanna Chase posted a .417 hitting percentage with six digs on twelve attempts.
TSU will play its last game of the Georgia Southern Tournament on Saturday, Sep. 12 at 11 a.m. CT against Winthrop University. Follow @TnStateVB for the latest news and information.