|September 03, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
WILLIAMS - 13
PIERSON - 2
- 17||Digs||RIVERA ORTIZ
Rackel - 4
WILLIAMS - 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tennessee State won its home opener against Chattanooga Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium on the campus of Fisk University. TSU pulled out a win over Chattanooga 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gina Rivera Oritz surpassed 600 digs registering 13 on the night.
- Julia Pierson and Aniya Williams both scored 13 kills.
- Teulia Lolotai recorded 25 assists, second to UTC's Maddie Halsey with 30.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers started off with a four point lead thanks to aggressive serves and a kill for the Tigers; Chattanooga tried to find it's way with kills from Dani Szczepanski, Sarah Root and Brianna Anderson.
- The Mocs took the lead only for TSU to come back with with an ace from Jasmine Fuqua.
- Khalia Jordan worked the inside notching two kills to keep the Tigers on top.
- With a strong offense, Chattanooga stayed in the game, but Tennessee State pulled ahead with a kill from Aria Holmes and an ace from Jordan.
- Helping secure a huge lead, Aniya Williams got her second kill of the set.
- Julia Pierson stole the set for TSU with her third kill to help TSU win, 25-16.
- The Mocs came out pumped and took the board first, but the Tigers fought back with kills from Fuqua and Jordan.
- Aniya Williams with two kills in a row helped the Tigers get back into the set.
- But, the Mocs consistent play at the net allowed the team to hold the lead thanks to kills from Szczepanski and Root.
- UTC held on tight to that lead despite TSU's attempts, but an attack error on UTC tied the set.
- Williams and Holmes with two kills pulled Tennessee State ahead.
- UTC tied the game, 24-24, with a kill from Gylian Finch.
- Chattanooga took the second set 26-24.
- With a four point lead, TSU's Fuqua scored with her fifth kill of the match.
- Chattanooga weasled it's way back on to the scoreboard with a block error on TSU.
- With kills from Holmes and a block assist from Holmes and Pierson, TSU keeps the lead.
- Kendall Bullock secured her first kill of the game giving the Tigers a four-point lead, again.
- A strong Chattanooga defense kept UTC in the game, but with her seventh kill of the match Fuqua keeps the Tigers at a lead.
- Julia Pierson with two kills in a row, giving her nine in the match, put UTC in the ground.
- Aria Holmes with her seventh kill of the match won the set for TSU, 25-21.
- The Tigers came out strong with kills from Holmes, Fuqua and Kariely Santana-Delgado.
- With an eight point lead, Chattanooga starting fighting back with a kill from Szczepanski, only to be stopped by Fuqua with her ninth kill for TSU.
- Chattanooga found holes in the Tigers defense, but TSU's offense is put up too many points with Williams and Pierson putting up 13 kills each in this match.
- Although the Mocs put up a fight, the Tigers took the fourth set and the match with a setting error on UTC. Tigers won the fourth set 25-18.
- By winning this match TSU's record agasint UTC is now 3-7.
- Tennessee State's overall record is now 2-2.
- Defensively racking up 13 digs, Gina Rivera-Ortiz reached her 600 dig milestone, adding up to a career high of 605.
Tennessee State will participate in the Jaguar Invitational Sept. 6-7. The Tigers will compete against South Alabama, Mississippi Valley State and Northwestern State.