|September 20, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
DANIELSON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tennessee State volleyball team started its Ohio Valley Conference play with a 3-0 loss against defending OVC champion Belmont.
TSU was led by Chloe Watson with eight kills followed by Julia Pierson with seven. Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus would pitch in 18 digs defensively while senior Taylor Patterson had 11 of her own. The Tigers struggled offensively having a hitting percent of .084.
The Tigers scored the first point of the match with a kill by freshman Julia Pierson. Belmont would go on a 5-0 run which would force a TSU timeout. Tennessee State struggled defensively allowing 15 kills which led to a .424 hitting percentage for Belmont. Pierson would lead the team with 4 kills in the first set. The Bruins won the first frame 25-13.
Set two would start off tied up at 5-5 before the Bruins went on a seven point run. The Tigers would burn their first timeout of the frame hoping to slow the Bruins down. Belmont would keep that seven point margin, forcing TSU to call its second timeout trailing 20-13. Six hitting errors by Belmont would help the Tigers come back. Tennessee State would close the gap before losing set two 25-22.
After intermission TSU would start off frame number 3 with a 4-1 lead. Belmont would burn its first timeout of the night to cool down TSU’s hot start. Trailing by five Belmont would score three straight points before Tennessee State took its first timeout of the stanza leading 11-9. The Bruins would tie up the score before committing a service error to give the Tigers the lead back. Belmont would take a 19-17 lead before the Tigers took their second timeout of the frame. The teams would exchange points which would push the score to 26-25 Tigers forcing a Bruin timeout. A Belmont block followed by a service ace would end the match 28-26.
Up Next: The Tigers travel to Edwardsville, Ill. to face SIUE in the second conference match of the season. The game will begin at 1 p.m. CDT.