CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (2-7, 0-0 OVC) continued to show vast improvements over last season under new head coach Kathy Roulhac. The Lady Tigers fell 3-1 to Appalachian State (5-1) and were shutout, 3-0, by eventual tournament champion and host UNC-Charlotte (5-1, 0-0 C-USA).
Tennessee State rallied early in the opening game against AU behind the stellar serving of rookie Ashley Douglas (DeSoto, Texas), who went on to notch two service aces. Appalachian State went point for point with the young Lady Tiger team before TSU pulled away 27-26, forcing the Mountaineers to call a timeout. The score would be tied up twice before TSU claimed the first game, 33-31.
The Lady Tigers battled hard to take the second game, outhitting ASU .167 to .057, but were unable to come away with the game and fell 33-31. Attempting to recoup, TSU started strong again in the third game, jumping out to a 17-15 lead before Appalachian State took over and cruised to a 30-24 win. The Mountaineers went on to take the fourth game, 30-23, en route to their 3-1 match win.
In the nightcap, Tennessee State could not quite get a foothold into the strong hitting of UNC-Charlotte. There was strong rally at the end of both games one and two, however, the Lady Tigers dropped both by the identical score of 30-21. The 49ers went on to take the final game, 30-17.
Roulhac was pleased with the team's performances. "Our girls played extremely well [this weekend]. I am very proud of them. We saw some excellent performances all weekend from Kelly Davis, Katrelle (Catherine) Armwood and Jennifer Washington.
"This was great preparation for the strong OVC schedule. We are really going to shock some teams in the conference this year."
Tennessee State returns to action on Tuesday as it hosts Western Kentucky in Kean Hall. Match time is set for 7 p.m.