MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- Tennessee State posted a come-from-behind win in its second match of the day to gain a split in the opening day of play in the Middle Tennessee State University Volleyball Tournament on Friday.
The Lady Tigers opened the season and tournament play by dropping a three-game decision to Texas El-Paso, 30-19, 30-21, and 30-24. The Lady Miners are a new member of Conference USA.
TSU and Alabama A&M squared off in the nightcap in an exciting match. The Lady Tigers won the first game 30-20, but A&M came back to win the next two games, 31-29 and 30-23. TSU then knotted the match with a game four 30-18 triumph.
In the fifth and deciding game, TSU was able to come away with a 16-14 victory to slip past the Lady Bulldogs for the win.
Kelly Davis had 29 kills in the two matches. Tiana Maua had 10 service aces. Katrelle Armwood led the defensive effort with 26 digs.
The Lady Tigers resume play in the tournament with Saturday matches against host MTSU and Western Carolina of the Southern Conference.
Box Score - UTEP
Box Score - Alabama A&M