|November 04, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
SCOTT - 1
SHASHACK - 1
WILSON - 1
SHASHACK - 12
WITT - 3
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Tiger volleyball team (7-21, 3-11 OVC) closed the week against the SIUE Cougars (21-5, 11-3 OVC) in its Code Blue match Saturday evening. SIU – Edwardsville held the Tigers to three sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Katora Roberts led the Tiger offense with 10 kills, followed closely by Julia Pierson 7.
- Cherlie Adorno DeJesus led the match in digs with 13 kills. Four other Tigers posted five or more – Curstyn Wilson 7, Samantha Beltran 6, Megan Evans 5, Kylie Hayes 5.
- Of the three Tiger blocks, Julia Pierson contributed to two of those with one solo and another assisted.
SET BY SET
First Set: TSU won the toss to have first serve, but Cougar offensive weapon Taylor Joens scored the first point of the match. Maya Evans led the set for TSU recording three kills and a .750 clip. Henderson also put down three. Nationally ranked Curstyn Wilson posted her 30th service ace of the season, and the team hit a .300 for set one, but the Cougars bested Big Blue with 17 kills with a .333 clip, two service aces and a block. SIUE took set one, 25-22.
Second Set: Set two began with an attack error by SIUE, giving TSU the ball. However, one-of- seven ball handling errors called on the Tigers set up a 3-0 run for the Cougars. Alexis Johnson stopped the run with one of her power kills. Katora Roberts showed up in the set, scoring half of her kills with 5, hitting a .714 – the highest of the set between the Tigers and Cougars. Beltran posted four digs for TSU, but the .105 attack percentage for TSU could not make up for SIUE’s .324 and three blocks that won them the set 25-17.
Third Set: The Tigers tied at 5-5 and ran ahead with Pierson and Roberts putting down three points each, and assisted in all three of Big Blue’s blocks for the match. SIUE’s Ashley Slay answered with four kills and Kiana Fields with three. Taylor Joens tied the score at 18 with a service ace, and the pressure was on for TSU to produce in order to stay in the race. Henderson and Roberts pulled through with three kills, but the Cougars pulled ahead. TSU held the Cougars to a .071 hitting percentage, the lowest of the match for SIUE, but the Cougars took the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
- TSU is now 3-11 in the league, 7-21 overall.
- The Tigers are 5-4 against SIUE, 2-3 in Kean Hall.
TSU volleyball hosts Tennessee Tech next Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. for its Fan Appreciation match, followed by Senior Night Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. where Big Blue will take on Jacksonville State to round out regular season play.