|October 21, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
PIERSON - 8
PIERSON - 2
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball faced off with Murray State in an Ohio Valley Conference match. TSU dropped the conference match to Murray by a score of 3-0.
Freshman Julia Pierson and senior Chloe Watson would both record eight kills in the match. Taylor Patterson registered seven kills herself. Samantha Beltran dished out 21 assists on the night. The Tigers struggled to find an offensive rhythm throught the match. The Tigers had a .138 hitting percentage compared to a .326 percentage for Murray State.
A kill by Pierson followed by a Watson would start TSU off with a two point lead in frame number one. The score would remain close until the Tigers built a 12-7 lead led by two Pierson kills. A three nothing run by Murray would change the score to 12-10 before another kill by Pierson gave TSU a 13-10 advantage. The Racers would take an 18-16 lead on Tennessee State. After the Racers increased their lead to 22-17 the Tigers would take its second timeout of the set. TSU would score two more points before Murray State registered three more points to win set one 25-19. Pierson finished set one with six kills hitting at a staggering .750 clip.
The Tigers trailed 9-4 to begin the second frame. Tennessee State could not find an offensive rhythm to start the second stanza. Falling behind 16-8 the Tigers would take a timeout to rally together. Murray State would extend its lead to 10 forcing TSU to take another timeout. The Racers would go on long runs to win set two 25-13. Patterson had three kills in the set.
Set three started with the Tigers behind 6-0. Pierson would stop that run with her seventh kill of the night. A kill by Patterson made the score 10-4 in favor of the Racers. TSU trailed 16-10 following a kill by Watson. Murray would increase its lead to 21-11. A hiiting error by the Racers made the score 24-14. TSU cut the margin to 24-16 before a Murray State kill ended the match 25-16.
UP NEXT: Tennessee State will resume play Saturday, Oct. 22 in Kean Hall at 2 p.m. as they take on the Governors of Austin Peay.