|November 10, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
JOHNSON - 13
ROBERTS - 4
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball (7-22, 3-12 OVC) hosted Tennessee Tech (4-23, 2-13 OVC) for its Fan Appreciation match in Kean Hall Friday night. Four Tigers posted 10 or more kills in the 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 29-27, 26-24, 15-12) loss.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Cherlie Adorno DeJesus joined the 1,000 dig club notching 32 digs against the Golden Eagles. Adorno DeJesus is the ninth Tiger in program history to record 1,000 digs in their career.
- Samantha Beltran recorded her 13th double-double of the season posting 37 assists and 14 digs.
- Julia Pierson produced 21 kills to lead the match.
SET BY SET
First Set: In a back-and-forth match flooded with tied scores, the Tigers battled point for point, tying at 21. Julia Pierson never gave up on the set scoring two kills in the last few points for Big Blue. Tigers notched 15 kills, hitting a .281, posted two service aces and a block, but couldn’t edge out the .353 clip and 34 kills of the Golden Eagles. TTU takes the first, 25-23.
Second Set: Alexis Johnson scored the first point for TSU, helping to set the pace for the Tigers in set two. Big Blue put down 14 kills, hitting a .367 clip, served an ace and three blocks. TTU hit a .429, but couldn’t defend. On a 5-0 run riddled with kills and blocks from Katora Roberts, TSU win the set, 25-19.
Third Set: Alexis Johnson and Maya Evans flew out of the gates with a huge block. The score was 22-19 and it looked like the Tigers were losing steam, but a kill by Samantha Beltran started a 5-0 run for Big Blue, where Beltran would post another two kills. In the final push of the set, TSU pushed point-for-point producing another three kills before they dropped the set, 29-27.
Fourth Set: TSU would have to win the set to have a chance at winning the match. The first three points were kills followed by two TTU errors. Tennessee State was posting one point for every two of TN Tech’s when Kylie Hayes approached the service line and served two aces and Pierson and Henderson posted kills. Henderson continued producing, six total kills during the set. However, a kill by Katora Roberts and an error by the Golden Eagles helped the Tigers force the fifth set, 26-24.
Fifth Set: Tigers took the lead early in the final set, going 3-0. TSU had __ kills, along with two service aces. With a kill by the Golden Eagles, TTU had the lead at the switch. A service ace by Samantha Beltran put the Tigers back in it. Henderson and Pierson produced points, closing the gap to 14-12. TTU came up with a kill after a long rally to win the match, 15-12.
- TSU volleyball honored Facility Management and Carpentry for its annual Fan Appreciation Day.
- In collaboration with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and TSU Athletics, Tiger volleyball gifted care packages to senior libero Cherlie Adorno DeJesus and Assistant Coach Vicmari Prospero to send to their families in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.
- Big Blue is now 7-22 for the season and 3-12 in the league.
- TSU is now 17-39 in all-time play against the Golden Eagles.
Big Blue host Jacksonville State Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.