NASHVILLE --- Over the highway and through three states to Kansas State we go. The Tigers travel to Manhattan, Kan. where they will play in the K-State Invitational. TSU volleyball will look to continue their strong start to the season.
TSU will start the tournament with a Friday evening showdown against Georgia Tech (3-0)at 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning the Tigers will play the Wildcats of Kansas State (2-1) at 10 a. m. Tennessee State volleyball will finish the weekend at 5 p.m. against the Michigan Wolverines (3-0).
The Tigers are looking to build off a strong start to the 2016 season. Last weekend the Tigers (4-0) defeated Texas Southern (1-3), Jackson State (0-4), Alabama A&M (1-3) and Alabama State (1-3) to complete the weekend sweep.
Preseason All-OVC selection Chloe Watson led the way with two double-doubles in her first two games of the season. Watson had 10 kills and 11 digs against Texas Southern followed by a 14 kill 21 dig performance against Jackson State in game two. The entire team pulled together and played extremely well which the Tigers to start the season off undefeated.
Scouting Georgia Tech…
Georgia Tech started their season 3-0 last weekend for the first time since 2012. The Yellow Jackets beat Auburn by a score of 3-1, followed by a 3-1 win over Pacific and ended their weekend with a 3-0 win over Furman. Senior libero London Ackermann was named the tournament MVP. Annika Van Gunst and Teegan Van Gunst joined Ackermann on the all-tournament team.
Scouting Kansas State…
The Wildcats went 2-1 in their opening tournament of the 2016 season. Kansas State beat Arizona by a 3-1 margin, before they took out the number six ranked Rainbow Wahine of Hawaii by a score of 3-1. The University of Wisconsin beat Kansas State in the last match 3-0. Senior setter Katie Brand and senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin were both voted onto the all-tournament team.
Michigan did not drop a single set last weekend en route to a perfect 3-0 record, winning every match in straight sets. The Wolverines prevailed over Saint Louis, Miami (OH) and Northern Iowa to get off to a hot start. Michigan returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from the 2015 team. Abby Cole was named the MVP of the Michigan Invitational after averaging 4.11 kills per set on a .317 attack percentage and 1.22 blocks per set. She was joined on the all-tournament team by junior Claire Kieffer-Wright and sophomore Carly Skjodt.