October 23, 20151st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
.229Hitting Pct..180
188Total Attacks206
KillsWATSON - 26
AssistsBELTRAN - 51
LESS - 22
BlocksCHASE - 6
Tigers Edged by SEMO, 3-2
Friday, October 23, 2015
Tigers Edged by SEMO, 3-2

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State volleyball team (10-11, 5-4 OVC) fought through five sets with Southeast Missouri (8-14, 4-5 OVC) before dropping the match 3-2. The set scores were 13-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-27, 15-17.

Tennessee State recovered from a 25-13 first set loss by jumping out to an early 13-8 lead in the second. The Tigers would remain in control for the remainder of the set before leveling out the contest with a 25-21 second-set victory. Freshman Zahria Graham and junior Chloe Watson led the Tigers in the second, tallying five kills apiece.

The Tigers remained hot going into the third, taking another early lead. Continued pressure from the Redhawk offense would allow SEMO to whittle away at five-point deficit and eventually tie the set at 17. SEMO would threaten to take the third set with a 4-2 run to take the lead 21-19. A 6-2 run at the service of junior Taylor Patterson would allow for the Tigers to come back to take the third set 25-22 and improve 2-1 on the match.

Eleven attack errors and a .083 attacking percentage would make it hard for the Tigers to come out on top in the fourth. The match was a back-and-fourth affair before a 7-2 run by the Redhawks would give SEMO an 18-12 lead over the Tigers. TSU’s offense would continue to chip away at the deficit until a couple of SEMO errors and kills from Watson and Patterson allowed the Tigers to tie things up at 25. One final kill and a block from the Redhawks would give TSU their second loss of the night to tie the match up 2-2, forcing a fifth set.

TSU and SEMO were neck and neck in the fifth, with both teams tied at seven after a kill from sophomore Samantha Beltran. A 6-2 run, highlighted by kills from senior Haley Hampton and Watson would give the Tigers a 12-9 lead over the Redhawks. Unforced Tiger errors and a kill from SEMO’s Krissa Gearing would give the Redhawks a 14-13 lead over the Tigers. Kills from Hampton and Watson would put TSU a point away from victory, but a block error and two back-to-back kills would push the Redhawks past the Tigers to a 17-15 fifth-set win and 3-2 match victory over Tennessee State. 

“We had a lot of unforced errors,” said head volleyball coach Kathy Bullock. “We have to come out tomorrow and make less errors if we want to win.” 

Three Tigers had double-doubles tonight, including Watson who recorded her eleventh of the year with an impressive 26 kills and 24 digs on the night. Taylor Patterson had 12 kills and 17 digs for her second double-double of the year while Samantha Beltran recorded her fifth of the year with 51 assists and 12 digs.

Freshman Ayanna Chase had six blocks for the contest and senior Madison Halterman tallied 31 digs.

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow as they take on UT Martin at 2 p.m. in Kean Hall. 

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