September 16, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Illinois2525253
Tennessee State1518120
ILLTeam StatsTSU
.315Hitting Pct..073
45Kills27
11Errors19
108Total Attacks110
38Assists25
3Aces2
55Digs47
5.5Blocks5.0
ILLLeadersTSU
Hranicka - 12
KillsHENDERSON - 8
Poulter - 35
AssistsBELTRAN - 19
Poulter - 1
Quade - 1
Welsh - 1
AcesPIERSON - 1
WILSON - 1
Donnelly - 24
DigsPIERSON - 15
Poulter - 3
BlocksPIERSON - 3
September 16, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Tennessee State1810170
Missouri State2525253
TSUTeam StatsMSU
.147Hitting Pct..383
33Kills48
17Errors7
109Total Attacks107
34Assists45
0Aces4
42Digs46
3.0Blocks5.0
TSULeadersMSU
PIERSON - 11
KillsJohnson - 16
BELTRAN - 27
AssistsMessa - 31
AcesMessa - 2
ADORNO-DEJESUS - 12
DigsDixon - 11
Butters - 11
EVANS - 2
BlocksDake - 3
Tigers Finish Preseason Play at Missouri State
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Tigers Finish Preseason Play at Missouri State

TSU vs. Illinois Box Score | TSU vs. Missouri State Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- Tennessee State rounded out the preseason with losses to the Illinois Fighting Illini 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-17) and Missouri State Bears 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-17).  

Tigers finish the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational falling to all three opponents and are now 4-9 entering conference play. 

MATCH 2 – FIGHTING ILLINI

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Sydney Swann posted the highest hitting percentage for the Tigers (.429).
  • Rachel Henderson put nine points on the board, eight kills and two block assists.
  • Julia Pierson led the defense with 15 digs and three blocks.

SET BY SET

First Set: Rachel Henderson put up the first point of the match for the Tigers before the Fighting Illini went on a 7-point run. Henderson showed up again for the Big Blue breaking Illinois’ run with a kill. Katora Roberts fed off of the momentum putting down another ball for the Tigers, followed by the first Tiger ace served by Curstyn Wilson. TSU made a few errors that the Illini capitalized on and took the first set 25-15.

Second Set: Sydney Swann came in for the Tigers and recorded three kills of only seven attempts resulting in the team high hitting percentage and registered one dig. Samantha Beltran had two block assists and combined with Cherlie Adorno DeJesus to take control of the defense recording 10 digs. The Tigers kept the Illini’s hitting percentage to a mere .195 for this set, but Illinois prevailed 25-18.

Third Set: Julia Pierson led the defense with six digs in the final set of the match, while Katora Roberts and Rachel Henderson took control of putting points on the board. The team dug 13 balls this set and posted a block for 12 points. The Illini won 25-12.

MATCH NOTES

  • The Tigers are now 0-1 in the all-time series against the Fighting Illini.
  • TSU is 1-5 in neutral matches for the season.

MATCH 3 – MISSOURI STATE BEARS

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Samantha Beltran recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 27 assists and 11 digs.

SET BY SET

First Set: Alexis Johnson scored the first point of the match with a cross-court kill. Rachel Henderson and Julia Pierson tied in kills for the first set (3). Pierson collaborated with Maya Evans for the sole block of the set. Offensively, the Bears outperformed the Big Blue posting a .342 hitting percentage as they took set one 25-18.

Second Set: The Tigers struggled to get around the Bear’s block, allowing Missouri State to post four blocks in the second set and holding TSU to a .065 hitting percentage in the set. The Tigers had trouble returning serves as the Bears registered the three service aces in the match during set two. Tigers fell in set two 25-10.

Third Set: Samantha Beltran was unstoppable on the court. She recorded two kills, 12 assists, seven digs and a block assist in the third set alone. Julia Pierson also helped the Tigers with five kills. The Bears took the final match 25-17.

MATCH NOTES

  • Tigers are now 0-1 in the all-time series against Missouri State.
  • TSU is 0-4 in away games.
  • After the final preseason tournament, TSU enters conference play with a 4-9 record.

UP NEXT
The Tigers head back to Kean Hall to begin conference play against Eastern Kentucky Sept. 22.

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