|October 01, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
ANDERSON - 13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- On the second night of a back to back the Tennessee State volleyball team stepped out of conference and dropped a tough match to Rice University by a score of 3-1.
Chloe Watson and Arijana Anderson would lead the team offensively with 13 kills each. Julia Pierson added 10 kills while Katora Roberts registered nine. Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus continued her defensive dominance with 25 digs on the night. Puamana Danielson had her fifth double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs. Taylor Patterson would add 10 digs for TSU.
Set one would start off slow for TSU trailing by seven with the score being 17-10. TSU would call a timeout and score eight more points before Rice would win set one 25-18. Roberts and Anderson would both register four kills to lead the team in the first frame. Adorno-DeJesus would record 10 digs on defense for the Tigers.
The second frame would start better for TSU with the Tigers leading 6-4. Tennessee State would stretch the lead to 9-5 forcing Rice to call its first timeout of the night. The Tigers would maintain a lead for most of the set. A huge kill from Payten Clark would force Rice to call another timeout with TSU leading 16-11. The Tigers put together a total team effort to win 25-18.
The Tigers struggled to get things going in the third frame trailing early 10-3. Tennessee State would go on a run and pull the score within five at 21-16. The Owls would go on a 4-1 run to win set four 25-17. Watson would add five more kills to her total for the night. TSU would commit 13 hitting errors and only register 10 kills in the set.
The Tigers would start off hot in set four leading 13-6. Rice would burn both timeouts in the early stages of the frame trying to slow TSU down. The Owls would cut the lead to 13-11 before a hitting error slowed down a Rice run. Rice would take the lead at 16-15; before pushing the lead to 20-17. TSU would pull within one before Rice won by a 25-22 score.
UP NEXT: The Tigers will host MTSU on Wednesday October 5 in Kean Hall.