|August 29, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
BOWLING GREEN, KY. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team fell to nationally ranked Western Kentucky 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-15) Tuesday evening in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The loss is the third for TSU this season.
The Lady Hilltoppers which are ranked number 24 nationally, ceased control of play early in set one, and maintained the upper-hand throughout the match.
The loss against WKU leaves the Tigers 1-3 going into the weekend where they host the first-ever tournament in Kean Hall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Setter Samantha Beltran set up her teammates with 15 assists on the night.
- Rachel Henderson's eight kills led the way for the Tigers. Four of her kills came in the opening set.
- Julia Pierson added two block assists on defense for the Tigers.
SET BY SET
First Set: After a back-and-forth start to the match, Western Kentucky seized control of the first set with a 8-0 run. The stretch turned TSU’s five-point deficit to a 12-point hole at 17-5. The Tigers continued to battle but could not overcome WKU’s .471 hitting percentage in the set, falling by a 25-12 score in the set.
Second Set: The Tigers looked to come back in the second set and kept up with the Toppers due to significant contributions from our outside hitter Rachel Henderson who had three kills. Tennessee State couldn’t combat the nine kills by WKU’s outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh , falling 25-15 in the second set.
Third Set: The third set was riddled with service errors (10). TSU and WKU couldn’t seem to get the ball over the net. The Tigers trailed the entire third set letting the Lady Toppers go on a 6-0 run, eventually leading to the fall of the Tigers 25-15.
- TSU's all-time record against WKU is 1-21.
- Western Kentucky is ranked No. 24 nationally in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, which was released on Monday.
Tennessee State will host its very first tournament Sept. 1-2 in Kean Hall this weekend against Head Coach Donika Sutton’s alma mater Alcorn State, as well as Florida International and New Orleans.