|October 25, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
SWANN - 1
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- Tennessee State volleyball took a break from conference play and travelled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders of Conference USA. The Tigers battled through three sets to eventually losing 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-21).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Curstyn Wilson served her 30th ace of her career against the Blue Raiders.
- Katora Roberts led the match with a .571 attack percentage.
SET BY SET
First Set: MTSU had first serve, but TSU had the first point. Rachel Henderson put down one to start the set for Big Blue. Blue Raider Dora Peonia, ranked 16th in the nation for service aces, tripped up the Tiger defense serving two back-to-back aces. Katora Roberts broke up Peonia’s run with three kills in-a-row, followed by a dump to the center of the court by freshman setter Megan Evans. Curstyn Wilson served her 30th service ace of her career. Rachel Henderson tied for the highest kills in the set with 6. The Tigers went point-for-point, pushing the final score of set one to 28-26, Blue Raiders win.
Second Set: MTSU took the first point, but a service error and a Katora Roberts kill put the Tigers up for the beginning of the set. Curstyn Wilson followed up with the second ace of the match. Megan Evans dumped the ball in the middle of the Blue Raiders, putting up another Tiger point. At this point, the Blue Raiders took control. Makila York, Bailey Mason and Dora Peonia put down multiple kills recording a .565 for the set, out playing the Tigers 25-19.
Third Set: The Tigers had a slow start, letting MTSU go 4-0 before a service error finally put TSU on the board. Curstyn Wilson, Samantha Beltran and Maya Evans each posted a kill to even out the score 7-7. Big Blue recorded several errors that counteracted the points they put up. Then, Blue Raider Baily Mason stepped to the service line and recorded two aces followed by another MTSU ace increasing their lead by seven. With a final push, Katora Roberts, Megan Evans and Rachel Henderson scored points for the Tigers creating a 5-0 run. The match was closed by the second official awarding a point to MTSU, allowing them to take the match 25-21.
- Both Donika Sutton and Chuck Crawford are in their first year at the helm for their respective teams.
- TSU is now 37-2 in the all-time series against MTSU. Against Big Blue, MTSU improves to 20-0 in Alumni Memorial Gym.
- Tennessee State volleyball will reenter conference play 6-18, 2-8 OVC after its match against the Blue Raiders.
Tennessee State continues their streak of road games this Friday at 6 p.m. against Morehead State, followed by Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m.