Saturday, September 23, 2006
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee State University volleyball team bounced back from their loss against Jacksonville State to defeat Samford University 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 34-32), Saturday afternoon in Kean Hall. With the win Tennessee State improves its overall record to 7-8 and 1-1 in OVC while Samford falls to 5-11 (0-2 OVC). In the opening game of the match, the Tennessee State offense proved to be too much for the Bulldogs. The Lady Tigers maintained the lead throughout the entire game, hitting the ball at a percentage of .342. Game two saw the Lady Tigers pick up where they left off in game one. A kill by Tiana Maua stretched the lead to 20-10 before the Lady Tigers pulled away for the win. Down two games to none, Samford University battled the Lady Tigers in the third game of the contest. The Bulldogs held the lead late in the game but TSU rallied a comeback. A service ace by Erika Godbolt gave TSU a 33-32 lead before a crucial ball handling error by Samford's Courtney Gay sealed the game for Tennessee State. Erika Godbolt led the offensive charge for TSU with 11 kills as Tiana Maua chipped in 33 assists and nine kills. Kelly Davis and Katie Lippi each recorded double-digit digs for the contest with 13. Tennessee State will return to action on Tuesday night, September 26th when they face the Lady Hornets of Alabama State in non-conference action. The match will be held in the Gentry Center at 6 p.m.