|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
ROKEY - 1
WACHTMAN - 1
ALLEN - 1
BELTRAN - 1
CETINOZ - 1
EVANS - 2
NASHVILLE --- The Tigers volleyball team continued Ohio Valley Conference play against Morehead State in Kean Hall on Saturday, defeating the Eagles 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22).
The match proved to be a record-breaking match for two of the Tigers. Kylie Hayes recorded her career-high in digs with 16. Julia Pierson surpassed her season-high in kills with 21 and career-high in digs with 16.
The Tigers continue conference play against the Belmont Bruins on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Curb Event Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Julia Pierson recorded her third double-double of the season and her season-high in kills with 21 and career-high in digs with 16. She also assisted in one of eight Tiger blocks.
- Kylie Hayes recorded a new career-high in digs with 16 against the Eagles.
- Alexis Johnson posted 10 kills and led the team in hitting percentage (.474). Johnson also had four block assists.
- Samantha Beltran facilitated the offense with 47 assists.
- Cherlie Adorno DeJesus led the defense with 24 digs.
SET BY SET
First Set: In a set that would take the Tigers through a point-by-point battle, TSU came out with 13 kills, 17 digs and three huge blocks. Julia Pierson led the team with six kills on 13 attempts resulting in a .385 hitting percentage, facilitated by Sam Beltran who pushed out 12 assists. Cherlie Adorno DeJesus and Kylie Hayes led the defense with 12 combined digs. Tigers outworked Eagles and took set one, 25-20.
Second Set: In the second back-and-forth set, the Tigers continued its lead against the Eagles for much of the set only allowing Morehead State to take the lead once. Pierson led the offense with seven kills, but was assisted by Maya Evans who put down three kills in set two. Henderson and Pierson recorded the sole block for the Tigers, while Tiger defense held the Eagles to a .173 hitting percentage. Tigers won set two, 25-19.
Third Set: The Tigers continued to lead in every category during set three. Pierson continued to lead in kills producing a .395 hitting percentage. TSU allowed the Eagles to go on multiple three-point runs, but continued to hold them to a .173 hitting percentage. The Big Blue offense forced 21 digs out of the Eagles, while still putting down 13 kills in the third set. Adorno DeJesus and Pierson continued to lead Tiger defense both recorded six digs. In the final points, the Eagles took the lead and forced set four.
Fourth Set: In the final set of the match, the Tigers pushed to win the match. TSU posted two blocks, 18 digs, 12 kills, and a service ace to push the Eagles out of competition. Cherlie Adorno DeJesus had seven digs and Pierson had four kills. Morehead State’s .109 hitting percentage could not overpower the Tiger defense, and the Tigers took the set, 25-22.
- Tigers continued its three-game winning streak at home against Morehead State. TSU is now 13-47 in the all-time series against the Eagles.
- Tennessee State is now 1-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
The Tigers take the short drive to Belmont to take on the Bruins next Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.