NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (3-14, 0-3 OVC) nearly upset visiting Eastern Illinois (12-3, 4-0 OVC) with its strong defensive effort on Saturday at Kean Hall. However, the Panthers' early lead prevailed and they went on to take the match, 3-0.
After falling in game one, 30-17, the Lady Tigers got back on track and turned up the heat in game two, moving as close as four points before Eastern Illinois pulled away for the 30-21 win.
Game three saw the score knotted 14 separate times as Tennessee State made it clear it was not going down without a fight. After staying behind by as many as four, the Lady Tigers rebounded and pulled ahead by three, 21-18, forcing Eastern Illinois to call a timeout to recoup.
TSU fans cheered loudly through the break and stayed on their feet for the remainder of the match as the Lady Tigers tied the game everytime the Panthers attempted to pull away. Tennessee State grabbed a slim 29-28 lead forcing another EIU timeout. The teams went back and forth until the game was tied at 31. Two quick TSU errors ended the game 33-31 in favor of the Panthers.
Juniors Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) and Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) and sophomore LaQuata Marsh (Chattanooga, Tenn.) all notched 16 digs. Freshman Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) contributed 30 assists.
Tennessee State returns to action on October 5 as it hits the road to take on Murray State. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.