|October 27, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
ROKEY - 14
LOHMEIER - 14
MOREHEAD, Ky. --- Tennessee State volleyball (6-19, 2-9 OVC) went to four sets with Morehead State (12-12 3-8 OVC), losing 3-1 (25-12, 25-20, 22-25, 27-25) on Friday evening.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Curstyn Wilson led the defense with a match-high 13 digs.
- Junior Rachel Henderson posted four-of-seven Tiger blocks, one solo and three assisted; Maya Evans and Katora Roberts combined for four total.
- Henderson also led the Tigers offense scoring 14.5 points.
SET BY SET
First Set: The first set looked promising as Big Blue kept up with Morehead State for 18 points. Tied at 9, the Eagles offense took control recording 16 kills in set one, Jessica Wachtman posting five of those. Tigers hit a -.043, recorded only 5 kills and six digs, but rejected two Eagle kills with huge blocks. Maya Evans scored the 12th and final point for Big Blue. The Eagles ended the set on a 9-0 run, 25-12.
Second Set: Rachel Henderson went up for the first kill and set the tone for the next three points, allowing the Tigers to jump ahead 3-0. The Eagles’ Alyssa Cecil began to serve and did not let up for five points, recording an ace and allowing her offense to put down three kills. Similar to the first set, the teams battled for points, tying at 17. Morehead State’s energy increased and created a two-point gap that resulted in a Tiger timeout. After the minute and fifteen seconds, the Eagles did not let up, increasing the gap 23-18. Two errors by the Eagles gave the Tigers a chance to catch up, but two Eagle kills ended the set 25-20.
Third Set: Tigers jumped out early in set three, going 7-3 thanks to Morehead State’s four attack adnf ball handling errors as well as two Rachel Henderson kills. Big Blue continued to pick up steam as the Ohio Valley Conference ranked Curstyn Wilson stepped up to the service line and posted an ace. Henderson and Beltran posted three kills a piece, while Henderson also assisted in one-of-the-two blocks. The Tigers almost lost the set after sitting at set point for a 3-0 Eagle run, but Alexis Johnson came through with the kill to force the fourth set, 25-22.
Fourth set: Both teams entered the set looking to win. For three-quarters of the set, neither team took more than a two-point lead over the other, battling point-for-point. Henderson pulled ahead tying for the most kills scored in the set. The Eagles recorded all three of its blocks, and Wilson posted another five digs making her the top defensive player of the match with a total of 13 digs. What the match came down to was accuracy. Morehead State posted a .256 clip, edging out the Tigers’ .163. Pushing into extra points, the Eagles took the match with a set score 27-25.
- TSU is now 2-9 in conference play, 6-19 overall.
- Mayor Jim Jon Trent of Morehead, Kentucky, serves as the volleyball DJ.
Big Blue finish regular season road play at Eastern Kentucky Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available.