MURRAY, Ky. --- Another strong defensive effort by the Tennessee State volleyball team (3-15, 0-4 OVC) was not enough to push them past Ohio Valley Conference defending champion Murray State (4-7, 1-4 OVC) on Tuesday night. The Lady Racers defeated the Lady Tigers, 3-0.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 8-6 lead before Murray State made its move and knotted the game at nine. The game was tied two more times before the Lady Racers narrowly distanced themselves, 19-16. Tennessee State was unable to stop Katie Kemezys, who collected six kills and helped Murray State to the 30-20 win.
Murray State never let the Lady Tigers get a rhythm in game two and held them at a distance for the majority of the game. Tennessee State got as close as five before the Lady Racers pulled away for the 30-16 win.
Tennessee State kept game three tight from the opening serve, never letting MSU get too far ahead. The Lady Racers surged with the score at 24-16 and never looked back, taking game three, 30-22.
Juniors Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) and Jennifer Washington contributed 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Armwood also led the Lady Tigers in kills with nine. Rookie Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) had 25 assists on the night.
Tennessee State returns to action on Thursday as they travel west to take on interstate rival Tennessee-Martin. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.