NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team (4-26, 1-13 OVC) started strong but was unable to convert the effort into a win at Kean Hall on Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers fell, 3-1, to Murray State (6-15, 3-11 OVC).
The opening game saw the teams trading points until Tennessee State jumped out to a 20-13 lead. Costly errors would move the Lady Racers to within two, 25-23, before the Lady Tigers pushed for three move points. A frustrated Murray State team called a timeout and returned on a mission, knotting the score at 29. When the Lady Racers tied the game at 31, Tennessee State called timeout but it was halted by an ball handling error and a service ace by Cassandra Ersel to give MSU the 33-31 win.
Game two saw a determined Lady Tiger team come out swinging from the beginning, railroading Murray State 10-3. The Lady Racers attempted to chip away at the Tennessee State lead but would only get as close as five, 26-21, before the Lady Tigers cruised to a 30-25 win.
After the break, it was all Murray State as they jumped out to a 10-5 lead. Tennessee State would move within two, 12-10, behind the serving of junior Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) before the Lady Racers surged ahead again. The Lady Tigers would narrow the gap to three, 20-17, before MSU railed off five unanswered points. That would be as close as Tennessee State would get before Ersel closed out another game, giving Murray State the 30-22 win.
In the beginning of game four, the squads traded points until it appeared the Lady Tigers had run out of steam. Tennessee State would only manage to get as close as five before Murray State took control of the game en route to its 30-16 win.
Four Lady Racers recorded kills in the double digits- Allie Hunt (10), Katie Kemezys (11), Holly Jansen (11), and Kimberly Bunnage (22). Four players also notched double digit digs- Ersel with 11, Hunt with 13, Julie Lashley with 17 and Bunnage with 21.
Junior Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) led the Lady Tigers with a team-high 17 kills and 19 digs. Freshman Allyson Buckner (Humble, Texas) contributed 15 kills. Washington added 17 digs while rookie Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) had 11 digs and 44 assists.
Tennessee State returns to action on Friday night at Kean Hall when it hosts Samford. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.