|September 29, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
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Nashville, Tenn.- The Tigers(6-9, 1-2 OVC) pulled out their first conference win of the season, taking the Bruins (5-9, 2-1 OVC) to five sets before nabbing a 3-2 win.
The Tigers took control the first set, never falling a point behind the Bruins. A couple of blocks from senior Haley Hampton would break a 12-12 lead, allowing for a 6-2 run by the Tigers to win the first set 25-16. For the set, the Tigers hit .212 while the Bruins hit in the negatives.
TSU jumped out to an early 11-7 lead in the second, and would continue to lead until the Bruins tied things up at 15 and then again at 21. A Belmont kill and two Tiger errors would give the Bruins a 24-21 lead, but a kill from freshman Zahria Graham and service ace from senior Madison Halterman would allow the Tigers to tie things up once more 24-24. Back to back kills from Hampton and sophomore Samantha Beltran solidified a 29-27 win over the Bruins and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Tigers struggled at the net in the third, hitting in the negatives with nine kills on 34 attempts and hefty 10 errors while the Bruins had a .367 attacking percentage with 12 kills and only one error on 30 attempts. The Bruins were able to pick up a 25-15 win to make the match 2-1.
The Bruins stayed hot in the fourth, taking the set 25-16 and tying the match at two sets apiece. For the set the Tigers hit .103 while the Bruins had their best set of the night, hitting .484.
The Tigers took things to five sets for the third match in a row.
Things were neck and neck for majority of the set before the Bruins took a 14-12 lead and threatened to take the match before two Bruin attack errors would put TSU back in it. A service error from the Bruins would give the Tigers a 16-15 advantage and a block from Hampton would allow the Tigers to take the set 17-15 and notch a 3-2 victory against the Bruins.
"Today was definitely about finishing," said head coach Kathy Bullock. "We've had a lot of five set losses, so we've been working on finising in practice. I'm glad we were able to pull out a win in that fifth set."
The Tigers were led by Watson, who recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs. The outside hitter also collected six blocks. Hampton followed closely who had 11 kills and a .207 attacking percentage through the five sets. Freshman Zahria Graham was a wall at the net, tallying a team-high of seven blocks.
In the back senior Madison Halterman led the Tigers with 26 digs and as a team, the Tigers recorded an impressive 84 digs.
The Tigers return home on Saturday as they take on Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville at 12 p.m. in Kean Hall.