October 30, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Eastern Kentucky251325273
EKUTeam StatsTSU
.118Hitting Pct..164
169Total Attacks165
SANKS - 15
KillsWATSON - 14
AssistsBELTRAN - 45
AcesWATSON - 1
VICK - 6
BlocksCHASE - 7
Tigers Suffer Four-Set Loss to EKU
Friday, October 30, 2015
Tigers Suffer Four-Set Loss to EKU

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee State volleyball team (11-12, 6-5 OVC) dropped its four-set match to Eastern Kentucky (8-19, 7-4 OVC) on Friday. The set scores were: 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-27.

After dropping the first set, the Tigers jumped out to an early 7-3 lead early in the second. A persistent Tiger offense would keep the pressure on the Colonels allowing them to extend their lead 13-8. Capitalizing on multiple Colonel errors and added kills from junior Chloe Watson, sophomore Samantha Beltran and freshman Zahria Graham would give the Tigers a six-point lead (19-13). A six-point run at the service of Watson and highlighted by back-to-back kills from senior Haley Hampton would give TSU their first win of the night (25-13) and allow the Tigers to tie the match at one.

The third set was a back-and-fourth affair, with the Colonels leading 12-11 before a kill from freshman Ayanna Chase and EKU errors would shift the momentum of the match to give the Tigers a 16-13 lead. The Colonels would battle back to eventually tie things up at 22. A three-point run at the service of EKU’s Ally Peters would secure a 25-23 third set win a 2-1 advantage for the Colonels.

EKU carried their momentum into the fourth set, taking an early 10-5 lead. Kills from Patterson, Hampton and Watson allowed the Tigers to cut their deficit to two. A 4-1 run would extend Eastern Kentucky’s 15-10 before a five-point run on the service of Patterson would tie things up at 15. The teams would go back and fourth, tying things up eight more times before a kill from EKU put the Colonels a point away from victory. A Tiger error would end the game (27-25) and give EKU their seventh conference win on the year.

“I felt like we came out very sluggish today,” said head coach Kathy Bullock. “We did not play Tennessee State volleyball and I felt like we didn’t execute when we needed to.” 

Junior Chloe Watson notched her thirteenth double-double of the year with 14 kills and 16 digs on the night while Samantha Beltran recorded her seventh of the year with 45 assists and 11 digs. Freshman Zahria Graham also had a double-double, her third on the year, with 10 kills and 13 digs. The freshman also collected three blocks against EKU.

Hampton hit for a team-high of .353 with eight kills through four matches and senior Madison Halterman led the defense with 21 digs followed by Taylor Patterson with 20.

Freshman Ayanna Chase tallied a total of seven blocks for the match. 

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow at noon in Kean Hall as they close out the weekend against Morehead State.