NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (4-22, 1-10 OVC) was unable to capitalize on its historic win over the weekend and fell to visiting interstate Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee-Martin (9-12, 6-5 OVC). The match was 3-1 in favor of the Skyhawks.
After dropping the opening game, 30-19, the Lady Tigers turned up the heat, holding the hitting of Tennessee-Martin to .098. The team could only muster 13 kills in the second stanza. Junior Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) notched five kills in the game on her way to 10 on the night. She also contributed six digs en route to TSU taking game two, 30-26.
When both teams returned from the break, both were looking to gain an advantage over the other and break the 1-1 tie. Heather Grumke sparked the Skyhawks with three service aces in the game while Kathryn Sprague and Dimphy Sasse conbined for eight kills. The Lady Tigers were unable to find a rhythm from behind the service line and dropped the game, 30-20.
Tennessee-Martin turned up some heat of its own and never let the Lady Tigers get their foot in the door in the final game and took it, 30-16.
Sprague had a game-high 14 kills while Grumke and Shelby Knose recorded 30 and 19 assists, respectively.
Junior Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) led the Tennessee State offensive attack with 11 kills while Armwood, freshman Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) and junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) added 18, 13, and 11 digs, respectively. Davis also notched two service aces.
Wright also made huge defensive plays, coming away with five block assists and one solo block. Freshman Ashley Douglas (DeSoto, Texas) also had five block assists and Davis and sophomore LaQuata Marsh (Chattanooga, Tenn.) each added four.
Tennessee State returns to action this weekend on its final road trip of the season. The Lady Tigers will take on Eastern Illinois on October 29 and Southeast Missouri the following day.