University Park, Pa.--- The Lady Tigers got off to a slow start at the Penn State Classic on Friday, with a loss to #2 ranked Penn State, but quickly turned things around, with strong wins over Miami (Ohio) and Lehigh University, finishing the tournament 2-1. Following this weekend's tournament, TSU improves its overall record to 6-7.
Kelly Davis and Meesha Jackson were named to the Penn State Classic All-Tournament Team. This honor marks the third consecutive week that Meesha Jackson has made an All-Tournament Team. Jackson recorded 33 kills for the tournament.
Kelly Davis had 38 total kills for the tournament with a tournament-high 22 against Miami (Ohio).
TSU dropped the first match of the tournament to no. 2 ranked host Penn State in three games (16-30, 19-30, 12-30). In the contest, Tiana Maua handed out 14 assists for the Lady Tigers.
Tennessee State bounced back from their loss against Penn State, with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Miami (Ohio). Down two games to none (13-30, 31-33), TSU stepped up to the challenge and won three straight games (30-26, 31-29, 15-12), sealing the victory for the Lady Tigers.
The match against Miami (Ohio) also highlighted a number of outstanding performances by the Lady Tigers. Kelly Davis and Meesha Jackson spearheaded the offensive charge with 22 and 21 kills, respectively. Tiana Maua had 44 set assists for Tennessee State.
There were five Lady Tigers to record double-figures in digs. Katie Lippi led with 18 digs while Tiana Maua and Erika Godbolt both contributed 14. Kelly Davis and Krystal Hunter each chipped in 12 digs.
TSU continued their winning ways by defeating Lehigh University 3-0 (30-19, 30-18, 23-20), Saturday afternoon. Kelly Davis had 10 kills while Tiana Maua added 29 assists. Katie Lippi led the defense with 10 digs.
The Lady Tigers will return to action Friday night, September 22nd, when they host OVC opponent, Jacksonville State for the first home game of the season. The game will begin at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall. They will also host Samford on Saturday, September 23rd in Kean Hall at 2 p.m.