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Kali Fluke - 1
DANIELSON - 1
PIERSON - 1
ADORNO-DeJESUS - 1
PATTERSON - 11
Kali Fluke - 1
Ashlynn Caldwell - 1
PATTERSON - 1
ROBERTS - 1
|August 26, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Markayisha Masani - 1
Kianna Shelton - 1
Markayisha Masani - 13
Kianna Shelton - 2
MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team kicked off the 2016 season with a pair of victories on Friday as part of the ISTAP Collegiate Cup 1 on the campus of Alabama State University. The Tigers (2-0) earned a 3-0 win over Texas Southern in the morning before adding a 3-1 victory over defending SWAC Champion Jackson State in the evening.
Tennessee State is 2-0 for the first time in Head Coach Kathy Bullock’s 13-year TSU career.
Senior Chloe Watson (Kent, Wash.) led the Tigers with 24 kills, 32 digs and four total blocks on the day.
MATCH #1: Tennessee State 3, Texas Southern 0
Tennessee State put on an impressive performance in the first match of the season at Lockhard Gymnasium on Friday morning, cruising to a 3-0 win over Texas Southern by set scores of 25-23, 25-14 and 25-16. Watson’s double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs led the way, while Puamana Danielson (Ewa Beach, Hawai'i) facilitated the offense with 24 assists.
In the first set, the Tigers led wire-to-wire, growing their lead to as many as six points at 18-12 on a kill by Watson. Texas Southern clawed back into the set, cutting the advantage down to 21-20. The score remained close down the stretch before Watson put Texas Southern away with a kill for a 25-23 set win.
Finding themselves down 5-4 early in the second, Tennessee State reeled off nine-consecutive points to seize control at 13-5. The Tigers pulled away, taking a 20-9 lead on one of eight kills in the match from Katora Roberts (Winter Haven, Fla.) en route to a 25-14 win.
The Tigers were able to clinch the sweep with a 25-16 win in the third set. Leading 19-15, TSU shut the door with a 6-1 run to close out the match.
Defensively in the first match, Watson and Taylor Patterson (New Castle, Ind.) tied for the team lead with 11 digs apiece, while Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) added 10 in her first match in a TSU uniform.
MATCH #2: Tennessee State 3, Jackson State 1
The Tigers were able to complete the sweep with a 3-1 win over Jackson State at the Acadome in the evening. After falling in the first set, 25-21, TSU bounced back with set wins of 26-24, 25-9 and 25-12 the rest of the way.
In the first set, Jackson State led by seven points at 14-7, but TSU came back and cut the deficit down to 21-19 on a kill from Arijana Anderson (Muncie, Ind.). The comeback fell short, however, as Jackson State won the first set, 25-21.
Tennessee State looked like it was in danger of falling behind 2-0 when Jackson State claimed a 22-16 lead in the second set. The Tigers quickly turned the tables, however, putting together a 6-0 run sparked by kills from Watson and Patterson to level the score at 22-22.
Jackson State was one point away from victory in the set with a 24-22 lead. Patterson came up big with a kill followed by another from Roberts before a Jackson State attack error gave TSU the 26-24 set victory.
The Tigers carried momentum into the third set, using an 8-0 run to take a 21-8 lead. TSU went on to win the third set, 25-9. It was TSU’s first time holding an opponent to fewer than 10 points in a set (other than a fifth set) since a 25-9 win in the third set of a victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 7, 2014.
TSU never trailed in the fourth set, tallying 12 of the final 14 points of the set to pull away for a 25-12 victory.
The Tigers are back in action tomorrow with matches against Alabama A&M at 10 a.m. and Alabama State at 7 p.m.
NOTES: TSU improved to 4-9 in season openers under Head Coach Kathy Bullock… Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico), Katora Roberts (Winter Haven, Fla.), Julia Pierson (Rowlett, Texas) and Curstyn Wilson (Allen, Texas) all made their TSU debuts in the morning match versus Texas Southern… Arijana Anderson (Muncie, Ind.) made her return to the court after missing the final 22 matches of last season due to injury.
Tennessee State Senior Arijana Anderson
“Today I feel like our energy worked for us. It picked up and it grew. We were able to build off of everyone’s energy. Our serve-receive game was really strong today also. Everything just clicked after the serve-receive was on point.”
- On What Worked on the Day
“I’m so happy. It’s so nice to be back. My energy and my enthusiasm, it’s something you can’t take for granted. When you’re out so long and volleyball has been such a big part of your life, it’s just nice to be back out there.”
- On Returning to Action after Injury Last Season