|October 16, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
HAMPTON - 14
STROTHER - 14
FERGUSON - 3
|October 17, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Besselsen - 1
Lorenz - 1
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State volleyball team (9-9, 4-2 OVC) will travel this weekend to take on OVC opponents Austin Peay (6-15, 1-5 OVC) and Murray State (16-1, 6-0 OVC).
This will be the Tiger’s first road trip since dropping a pair of away games to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in the opening weekend of OVC play.
Tennessee State is currently tied for third place in the OVC with Eastern Illinois, who is also 4-2 in conference play.
TSU’s offense has recorded 315 kills through the last six OVC matches and currently ranks third in attacking percentage, sixth in blocks (45) and fourth in service aces (45).
Offensively, junior Chloe Watson leads the Tigers. The outside hitter recorded 254 kills and averages 3.79 kills per set. Watson ranks first in the OVC in kills (121) and kills per set (4.84) through six conference matches. Watson has not only proven to be a strong offensive player, but a strong defensive player as well, recording 10 or more digs in nine matches this season.
Defensively at the net, freshman Ayanna Chase leads with 53 blocks followed closely by senior middle Haley Hampton with 49 and Watson with 45. In the back, senior libero Madison Halterman leads the defense with 312 digs on the year. Halterman ranks first in the OVC in digs with 126 in the last six conference matches.
Sophomore setter Samantha Beltran has dished out an impressive 617 assists this season, including 260 in conference play, which ranks her second in the OVC right behind Murray State setter, Sam Bedard.
Scouting Austin Peay
The Lady Govs are currently 6-15 on the year and 1-5 in the OVC.
Austin Peay snagged their first conference win last weekend against SIUE before dropping the next match to Eastern Illinois.
Leading the Lady Govs offensively is Ashley Slay. The six-foot sophomore has recorded 198 kills on the season, averaging 2.68 kills per set. The middle blocker has notched a team-high of 59 blocks through 21 matches. In conference play, Slay has 50 kills and is hitting .250.
Defensively, Slay leads with blocks in the front followed by Aubrey Marsellis with 39. In the back, April Adams leads with 302 digs on the season.
Austin Peay is hitting .167 in conference play and is ranked 11th in the OVC.
The Tigers have an all-time record of 9-43 against the Lady Govs.
Game time against Austin Peay is set for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast through the OVC Digital Network. Live stats will also be available for the event.
More on Murray State
Murray State is 16-1 on the season and 6-0 in conference, which ranks them first in the OVC.
The Racers are on a six-game winning streak, having swept the last six OVC teams they have faced.
Murray State’s offense ranks first in conference, accumulating 278 kills in OVC matches and hitting .280.
Offensively, Scottie Ingram leads the Racer front line with 76 kills and a .325 attacking percentage in conference play. Following Ingram is Kristen Besselsen with 70 kills and a .310 attack percentage. In the back, Ellie Lorenz leads with 205 digs on the season and 72 in conference play.
TSU is 10-43 against Murray State all-time and will face the Racers on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Murray, Ky.
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