|September 28, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
PATTERSON - 1
CLARK - 1
ADORNO-DeJESUS - 1
HAYES - 1
WILSON - 1
NASHVILLE --- In the first Ohio Valley Conference home match of the season, the Tennessee State volleyball team won a five set thriller over Tennessee Tech by a score of 3-2.
Offensively Chloe Watson was virtually unstoppable ending the match with 26 kills, one and a half blocks, a service ace and 13 digs. Arijana Anderson would co-star offensively for the Tigers with 15 kills of her own, which were a season high. Senior Puamana Danielson had her second consecutive double-double with 55 assists and 11 digs, while reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Week Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus had a stellar performance with a career high 32 digs.
The match began with TSU winning set one by a 25-23 score. Watson had the hot hand leading the Tigers with eight kills, a solo block and a block assist. She would give her best Batman impression contributing nine in a half points for the team. Freshman Julia Pierson would be Robin to Watson’s Batman with three kills of her own and half a block. As a team the Tigers had 16 kills propelling them to the win.
TSU started set two off slowly, trailing by as many as six early in the game. Multiple kills from various Tigers would pull Tennessee State within two with the score being 14-12. Anderson did her best to get the Tigers over the hump tallying six kills in the set. However, eight hitting errors by TSU gave Tech some help. The Tigers lost set two 25-21.
Following halftime, TSU was back to flexing its muscles offensively. The Tigers used 18 kills to carry them to the win. Watson was firing on all cylinders with seven more kills in the third set. Anderson, Pierson and Payten Clark would all add three kills apiece. Tennessee State would win by a 25-20 score.
The fourth set was a see-saw frame with neither team being able to extend a lead. An error by TSU sealed the Tigers fate losing set four 25-23. Watson added five kills in the set along with Anderson’s three kills but that would not be enough for a Tennessee State win. The match was tied at two games apiece through four frames.
The last frame turned out to be extremely intense with both teams exchanging points. There were nine ties in the final set. An error by Tech allowed TSU to go up by two points before the Golden Eagles called a timeout with the score 14-12 in favor of the Tigers. A kill by Anderson gave Tennessee State its first conference win.