|October 09, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State volleyball (8-9, 3-2 OVC) defeated Jacksonville State in three sets to earn their second conference sweep and third OVC win of the season.
A .394 attacking percentage in the first set led the TSU to their first win of the match as the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 25-13. The Tigers recorded a total of 15 kills and 22 digs during the set. Stellar defense by TSU kept Jacksonville State at a .000 hitting percentage. Junior Chloe Watson led the Tigers with 7 kills, six digs and two blocks in the first.
The Tigers took things to 32 in an exciting second set. Attack errors early in the set would put the Tigers behind 9-3, before a 5-1 run at the service of Zahria Graham allowed the Tigers to cut the deficit to two. The Tigers were one point away from victory multiple times, but were held off by the Gamecocks until freshman Ayanna Chase put down a kill and a block to give the Tigers a 32-30 second-set win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Tigers stayed hot in the third set, posting a .379 hitting percentage and only committing two attacking errors. TSU and Jacksonville State tied things up a total of five times throughout the set before a 5-2 run, highlighted by kills from Chase, junior Taylor Patterson and senior Haley Hampton put the Tigers one point away from their third victory of the night. A service ace from sophomore Samantha Beltran would secure the win for the Tigers and give TSU its third conference victory of the season.
Junior Chloe Watson notched her ninth double-double of the season, collecting 19 kills and 14 digs through three sets. Watson hit .357 for the match and produced a total of 20.5 points. Freshmen Ayanna Chase had an impressive performance, as the middle blocker tallied eight kills on the night and a team-high of five blocks. Hampton and Graham finished the match with six kills apiece.
Defensively, Madison Halterman led the Tigers with 24 kills, followed by Watson with 14.
The Tigers are back in action tomorrow afternoon, as they face Tennessee Tech at 2:00 p.m. in Kean Hall.