|September 30, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
ANDERSON - 14
CLARK - 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team would pull out a hard fought 3-2 win against Jacksonville State in Kean Hall on Friday night.
For the second game in a row the Tigers come back from down two sets to win in the fifth frame. Four Tigers led TSU with double digit kills. Chloe Watson led the way with 22 followed by Payten Clark, Katora Roberts and Arijana Anderson who had 16, 12 and 10 respectively. Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus continued to shine bright like a diamond defensively with a new career high with 33 digs. Puamana Danielson and Samantha Beltran would split setting duties. Danielson finished the night with 30 assists while Beltran would have her first double-double of the season with 34 assists and 12 digs.
Set one would start off with a back and forth match between both teams before an eight nothing run pushed the JSU lead to 20-12. The Tigers would go on a five nothing run and force the Gamecocks to call a timeout. Jacksonville State would score five more points to win frame number one 25-17. Payten Clark and Julia Pierson both would contribute four kills to start the match. Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus had 10 for the Tigers.
The second stanza would be intense as the largest lead to start the match was three. The Tigers rallied off five straight points before the Gamecocks went on a five point run of their own. Taylor Patterson would get a service ace before JSU went on a four point run to take an 18-14 lead. A 5-1 run would bring the Tigers within one down 22-21. A service error by Tennessee State would give Jacksonville State a 25-22 win in set two. Chloe Watson had four kills in the frame for the team.
As a team the Tigers regrouped after half time leading most of the third set extending their lead to as many as five points. TSU showed a lot of effort and that turned into points for Tennessee State. The Tigers offense led the way with 20 kills in frame three. Watson and Arijana Anderson both had five kills and Clark added four to lead TSU to a 25-20 win.
TSU started set four off with a 7-4 lead. JSU would go on a 4-1 run to tie the game up at 8-8. The Tigers would go up four more before the Gamecocks would tie it at 12 apiece. A 6-2 run would give TSU the lead back 18-14. Tennessee State would add 17 more kills to win a stunning set four 25-18! Watson added six kills while Roberts and Clark added four a piece.
The final frame would be nothing short of entertaining. Both teams would exchange points with the score being tied at 16-16. A hitting error by JSU followed by a service ace from Curstyn Wilson would give TSU an emphatic 18-16 win. The win would give the Tigers their second consecutive conference win.