|October 03, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
SHASHACK - 1
Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee State volleyball team (7-9, 2-2 OVC) earned its second conference win on Saturday, sweeping SIU-Edwardsville (3-11, 1-3 OVC) in three sets.
The Tigers fell behind 7-3 early in the first set but kills by senior Haley Hampton, junior Chloe Watson and freshman Ayanna Chase would allow TSU to tie things up at 11. TSU would go back and fourth with SIUE, tying things up a total of nine times throughout the set. The Tigers were able to take a late 22-16 lead , but a four-point run on the service of SIUE’s Katie Shashack followed by two Cougar kills would once again tie the score at 24. Two kills and a service ace from Hampton put the Tigers back in the lead before a service ace from sophomore Samantha Beltran would give the TSU its first win of the match. The Tigers hit .333 as a team for the first set, while keeping the Cougars to a .133 hitting percentage.
Tennessee State stayed hot in the second, hitting .226 for the set while keeping SIUE to a match low of .034. Once the Tigers took a 6-5 lead after a kill from Watson, TSU would remain in the lead for the remainder of the set. A late six-point run highlighted by a service ace from Senior Madison Halterman and kills from Watson and Hampton would give allow the Tigers to take a 25-14 set win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Tigers came out in the third, looking for their first sweep of the season.
“We’ve been going to a lot of five-set matches,” said head coach Kathy Bullock. “We’ve been working on finishing all week and I told the girls in the locker room ‘take care of business, this is our house’.”
Take care of business is just what the Tigers did. TSU dominated at the net during the third set with a season-high.485 attacking percentage and total of 19 kills while the Cougars only .147 hitting percentage with seven kills. The Tigers would only allow SIUE to reach 12 before taking the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
This was the first three-set win for the Tigers since Sept. 18 and the first conference sweep of the season.
The Tigers were led by junior Chloe Watson, who recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 18 kills and 14 digs. The outside hitter posted a .417 attacking percentage and had one service ace. Senior Haley Hampton followed Watson with 10 kills and a .438 hitting percentage. Freshmen Ayanna Chase and Zahria Graham both hit over .300 for the day. Chase hit .357 and collected eight kills on 14 attempts while Graham hit .333 with six kills on 15 attempts.
Sophomore Samantha Beltran led with 41 assists and three services aces. The setter also collected eight digs.
Defensively, Halterman led the Tigers with 15 digs followed by Watson with 14 and Graham with 11.
The Tigers hit .350 through the three sets, their highest attacking percentage so far this season.
Tennessee State volleyball returns home this weekend to take on Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech.