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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee State volleyball team moves onto post-season play this week as they travel to Murray, Ky. for the Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament. The Tigers, who finished fourth in conference, will play fifth place Eastern Kentucky on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Tigers closed out regular-season play with two wins last week to improve to 10-6 in conference play and 15-13 overall.
TSU picked up a 3-0 win over the number two seed Belmont on Wednesday and followed that up with a 3-1 win over number three seed Eastern Illinois on Saturday.
Eye on the Tigers
Picked to finish in the eleventh place spot in the Preseason Prediction Polls, the Tigers will enter the OVC Post-Season Tournament as the fourth seed. This will be the first time Tennessee State has made the post-season tournament since 2013, when they made an appearance as the eighth seed.
Tennessee State finished up the regular-season at the top of the OVC in multiple statistical categories. The Tigers are ranked fifth in attacking percentage (.195), second in opponents attacking percentage (.184), third in blocks (216.5), third in service aces (160), fourth in kills (1,345), fourth in assists (11.50 a/s) and sixth in digs (1,637).
The Tigers are lead offensively by junior outside hitter Chloe Watson, who has recorded 395 kills and averages 3.95 kills per set. In conference play, Watson is ranked fourth in kills (262) and kills per set (3.85).
Defensively at the net, freshman Ayanna Chase leads with 111 total blocks on the year, which ranks third in the OVC, and is followed closely by senior Haley Hampton with 80 and Watson with 76.
In the back, senior Madison Halterman leads the Tigers and the OVC in digs this season with 546 total digs on the season and 361 (5.31 d/s) in conference play. Halterman ranks 29th in the country in digs per set and 35th in total digs.
Hampton leads the team with a .295 attack percentage so far this season, which ranks fifth best in the conference.
Sophomore Samantha Beltran has dished out 1,061 assists for an average of 9.65 per set, which ranks sixth in TSU’s single season records. Through conference play, the setter ranks third in conference with 704 assists (10.35 a/s) through 16 matches.
TSU is hitting .196 on the season while keeping opponents to a .185 attack percentage. Known for their offense, the Tigers have come out this season with a strong defensive presence. TSU averages 14.88 digs per set and 1.97 blocks.
The Colonels come into the tournament as the eighth seed after finishing the regular season with a 10-22 overall record and a 9-7 record in conference play. Eastern Kentucky was the only team to beat Tennessee State twice in the regular season.
Last time out Eastern Kentucky dropped a 3-0 match to Austin Peay.
EKU is hitting .142 on the season while opponents have racked up a .225 attack percentage against the Colonels.
Sophomore outside hitter Celina Sanks leads the Colonels offensively with 308 kills (2.7 k/s) on the season.
At the net, Rachel Vick leads the Colonels with 86 total blocks on the year, followed by Klara Coons with 73. In the back, Chloe Rojas leads with 400 digs on the season, averaging 3.51 digs per set.
The Colonels are 0-8 in neutral matches this season.
First set starts at 4:30 p.m. in Murray, Ky. at the Racer Arena. All tournament games will be covered on the OVC Digital Network. The semifinals and championship game will be covered by ESPN3.
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