September 18, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Grambling1815170
TSU2525253
GSUVB15Team StatsTSU
.048Hitting Pct..342
21Kills41
18Errors16
63Total Attacks73
18Assists39
8Aces10
13Digs20
6.0Blocks5.0
GSUVB15LeadersTSU
Lucas - 4
Jones - 4
KillsWATSON - 11
HAMPTON - 11
Finley - 8
AssistsBELTRAN - 32
Phillips - 3
AcesWATSON - 3
Phillips - 4
DigsPATTERSON - 5
DANIELSON - 5
HALTERMAN - 5
Bishop - 3
Lucas - 3
BlocksWATSON - 3
September 18, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
TSU221925131
New Orleans252519253
TSUTeam StatsUNO
.125Hitting Pct..242
36Kills54
23Errors23
104Total Attacks128
34Assists52
3Aces9
35Digs41
8.0Blocks6.0
TSULeadersUNO
WATSON - 12
KillsDunn - 14
BELTRAN - 30
AssistsRamirez - 42
PATTERSON - 1
BELTRAN - 1
HAMPTON - 1
AcesUline - 2
Dunn - 2
Ramirez - 2
Reimer - 2
HALTERMAN - 11
DigsLevy - 15
HAMPTON - 6
BlocksIrby - 3
Tigers Split at New Orleans Invitational
Friday, September 18, 2015
Tigers Split at New Orleans Invitational

 

New Orleans, La. – The Tennessee State Tiger volleyball team (5-6) continued their winning streak with a 3-0 win against Grambling State (2-8) on Friday before falling to New Orleans (7-5) in the nightcap.

Game 1: Grambling State

Tiger errors gave Grambling State an early lead in the first match, but kills from junior Chloe Watson and freshman Ayanna Chase allowed TSU to wilt away at a 4-point deficit. A strong offensive performance would give the Tigers their first lead of the set (13-12) and a 6-2 run would extend TSU’s lead, making the score 19-14. Another kill from Chase and service aces from Watson, junior Puamana Danielson and senior Madison Halterman would give the Tigers their first win of the set and a final score of 25-18 for the first set. 

Tennessee State led Grambling 18-14 in the second before a seven-point run on the service of junior Taylor Patterson would put the Tigers ahead 24-15. One final kill by senior Haley Hampton would end the set, 25-15.

The Tigers hit a match high of .375 in the third set, dominating the GSU offense who recorded a .182 hitting percentage. A strong offensive performance from TSU would allow the Tigers to take the third set 25-17 and the match 3-0.

 Their win against Grambling marks the Tiger’s third sweep in the last week. The Tigers are now 5-5 on the season and will take on tournament host, New Orleans tonight for their final game in Louisiana.

 

Game 2: New Orleans

 The Tigers faced tournament host, New Orleans University in their final game of the invitational.

 Errors would get the best of the Tigers during the first set. As

 Despite outhitting the Privateers in the first set, the Tigers dropped a close first set to the Privateers 25-22. The Tigers tried at a comeback with a 3-point run at the end of the game, but a Privateer kill from Takierra Boughton would end the set, giving New Orleans their first win of the match.

 The Tigers found themselves down by six in the second set. A 4-1 run caused by Privateer errors closed the gap in the score, 10-14. New Orleans continued to extend their lead to 23 before the Tigers called their second timeout of the game. With the score 23-17, TSU attempted to chip away at the six point deficit, but fell short dropping the set 25-19.

 The third set was a game of tug-a-war for the Tigers. Every time TSU would take a lead, the Privateers would tie up the score. Defense would help lead the Tigers to victory in the third set, keeping the Privateers to a .053 hitting percentage. With the score tied at 19, the Tigers used a six-point run ,highlighted by a service ace from Haley Hampton and kills from Ayanna Chase, freshman Zahria Graham and Chloe Watson, to take set three 25-19. The win would prove to be the only win for the Tigers.

 The Tigers suffered an 11-point deficit in the final set of the match and would never recover. New Orleans powered past Tennessee State with a .652 hitting percentage, and keeping the Tigers to hitting percentage of .000 with only six kills.

 For the two games, junior Chloe Watson led the team with a total of 23 kills, eight digs, four blocks and three services aces. Haley Hampton recorded a total of 17 kills, eight blocks, two service aces and one dig. Defensively, Madison Halterman led the team with 16 digs through seven sets.

 The Tigers are now 5-6 on the season and are back in action on Tuesday against East Tennessee State before opening up conference play against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky next weekend.

 For updates and news on the Tiger volleyball team, follow @TnStateVB.

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