|October 17, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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Murray, Ky.- The Tennessee State volleyball team (10-10, 5-3 OVC) broke their five-game winning streak with a 3-0 loss (21-25, 18-25, 20-25) to first place OVC team Murray State (18-1, 8-0 OVC) on Saturday.
The Tigers stayed within a point of Murray State for majority of the set, before tying things up at 20. A kill from junior Chloe Watson (Kent, Wash.) would be the last time the Tigers would score before the Racers secured their first win of the match 25-21.
The second set started out as a back-and-forth affair with the Tigers leading 7-6 after a service ace from senior Haley Hampton (Mesquite, Texas). Murray State would continue to battle back, putting down a couple kills to eventually tie things up at 11. Murray State changed the match’s momentum with a 9-2 run that included multiple Tiger attack errors and a couple kills from MSU’s Scottie Ingram, ending with Murray State leading 20-13 en route to a 25-18 victory.
The Tigers continued to battle in the third set, but would fall short as the Racers snagged their third victory 25-20 to solidify the match win. The Tigers threatened to make a comeback with a 5-1 run, highlighted by a service ace from Hampton and a block from sophomore Samantha Beltran (Mississauga, Ontario) to make the score 21-18. The Tigers would tack on another couple of points with a kill from freshmen Zahria Graham (Sandy Springs, Ga.) and a Racer service error, but Murray State would secure the win with three more kills and a Tiger error.
“Today wasn’t our day,” said head volleyball coach Kathy Bullock. “But we got to see where we are as a team and what we need to improve on before we face them again in the conference tournament.”
The Tigers hit .036 on the day with 26 kills. Watson led the Tigers offensively, recording her eleventh double-double of the year with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Hampton had a team-high of four service aces, totaling 12 on the weekend. and Senior libero Madison Halterman (Omaha, Neb.) led the team with 16 digs while Beltran dished out 21 assists.
The Tigers are back in action next weekend as they begin their four-game home stand with OVC matches against Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.
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