|October 10, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
BRUGERE - 1
WADE - 1
BELTRAN - 2
HAMPTON - 3
Nashville, Tenn.- The Tiger volleyball team (9-9, 4-2 OVC) came out victorious in a four-set battle against Tennessee Tech (4-15, 2-4 OVC) on Saturday.
The Tigers took control of the first set after taking an early 11-3 lead. A .406 attacking percentage would allow the Tigers to remain in the lead for the remainder of the set and secure their first win of the match 25-10. The Tigers put down 13 kills on 32 attempts with zero errors while keeping the Golden Eagles to a negative attacking percentage. Junior Chloe Watson tallied eights kills in the first followed by junior Taylor Patterson and freshman Zahria Graham, who recorded five kills apiece.
Seven attack errors and a .132 hitting percentage would prove costly for TSU in the 25-21 second set loss. Tennessee Tech hit for a match-high of .350 with a total of 17 kills, while the Tigers only tallied 12 kills for the set.
With the match tied 1-1, the Tigers battled to take back the lead in the third. The teams were neck and neck for majority of the match, tying things up a total of 16 times throughout the set. Two Golden Eagle errors with the score tied at 25 would secure a 29-27 third-set win for the Tigers.
TSU brought the momentum from the third set into the fourth, taking a 14-11 lead before forcing Tennessee Tech into their first timeout of the set. The Tigers continued to put the pressure on the Golden Eagles defense by putting down a few more kills to extend their lead 20-15. A 5-2 run at the service of Samantha Beltran and highlighted by a service ace and kills from Patterson and Watson sealed the fourth-set win (25-17) and match victory for the Tigers.
Watson, who recorded 17 kills, two service aces, eight digs and three blocks, led the Tigers offensively. The outside hitter tallied a total of 21.5 points for the match. Junior Taylor Patterson tallied 11 kills on 21 attempts with no errors for a team-high .524 attacking percentage.
Sophomore Samantha Beltran dished out an impressive 47 assists for the match and senior Madison Halterman gathered a team-high of 17 digs through four sets.
The Tigers are back in action next week as they continue OVC play and travel to Austin Peay on Friday and Murray State on Saturday.
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