CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- A strong effort by the freshmen led the way in the third game for the Tennessee State volleyball team (3-10, 0-0 OVC) but it was not enough as the Lady Tigers fell to Chattanooga (2-8, 0-0 SoCon), 3-0, on Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 6-4 lead in the opening game before Chattanooga stormed back, hitting .257 and took the game, 30-19. Game two saw Tennessee State move as close as three points before the Lady Mocs pulled away, 30-16.
The late-starting Lady Tigers nearly took the third game after being down by as many as six points. Junior Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) led the first rally of the game with her serving moving Tennessee State to within two, 23-21. A stunned Chattanooga team called timeout to recover just before another rally led by the serving of rookie Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) knotted the game at 27-27. The Lady Tigers' defense turned up the heat and managed to hold Chattanooga at 29 as they narrowed the score to 29-28 before the Lady Mocs notched one more point for the 30-28 win.
Junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) recorded a game-high 21 digs while Davis picked up 24 assists. In only her second appearance of the season, rookie Kristen Metz (Saskatchewan, Canada) had an impressive showing with four block assists, one kill and one dig. Classmates Ashley Douglas (DeSoto, Texas) and Allyson Buckner (Humble, Texas) notched five and 10 kills, respectively.
Tennessee State returns to action on Friday, September 24 as it opens Ohio Valley Conference action on the road at Jacksonville State. Match time is set for 7 p.m.