NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (3-17, 0-6 OVC) maintained its strong defensive efforts of late but was unable to overtake visiting Southeast Missouri (5-12, 3-3 OVC), falling 3-0, on Tuesday night.
Southeast Missouri jumped out to an early lead in the opening game behind the serving of Jamie Baumstark and never looked back en route to taking it, 30-22. She opened the game with three service aces.
Game two saw the Lady Tigers rebound, tieing the game at four before the Otahkians narrowly pulled away, 8-5. Tennessee State moved as close as one, 11-10, before Lauren Scannell's serving moved SEMO ahead, 15-10. The Lady Tigers attempted to come back but would only be able to get as close as eight before Southeast Missouri cruised to the 30-21 win.
The third game saw Tennessee State turn up its offensive efforts with junior Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) collecting five kills, bringing her total on the night to 10. Southeast Missouri had the Lady Tigers down by as many as four before a TSU surge knotted the game at 14. Tennessee State continued to battle point for point with SEMO until the game was tied at 19. Baumstark's serving again led the attack for the Otahkians, pushing them ahead 23-20. But three points would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get after Scannell served out the last five points of the game.
Baumstark finished the night with 14 digs, 38 assists and five service aces while Scannell added 14 digs and Jessica Koeper contributed 12.
The Lady Tigers were led by Wright who had 10 kills and five digs. Junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) had 18 digs while classmate Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) had 12.
Tennessee State returns to action on October 14 as they take on interstate rival Austin Peay in Clarksville. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.