After five weeks of action, the Tennessee State University volleyball team has an overall record of 3-9 with a 1-3 conference mark. TSU is currently in eighth place in the OVC standings and will look to make a push towards the top with this week's home match-ups against Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Overall, the Tigers have notched a record of 1-2 at home this season.
The Tigers recently came up short to Jacksonville State in five-sets (25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-21 and11-15). Shaquita Williams led the Tigers in kills with 11, the only Tiger with double-digit kills in the match, while adding a .476 hitting percentage. The defense was led by Vicmari Prospero, Calasia Williams and Erika Moss. Prospero led TSU with seven blocks, while Williams and Moss each recorded 11 digs for the Tigers. Moss also registered a team-best 36 set assists. The Tigers also fell short to Tennessee Tech in three sets (22-25, 25-27, 23-25). Vicmari Prospero registered 10 kills and a .455 hitting percentage, while Kamille King recorded another double-double, her fourth of the season, with 10 kills and 13 digs in the losing effort. Tennessee State finished the match with a .194 hitting percentage and Tennessee Tech hit .233 in the contest. TSU held the slight advantage in team blocks, 6-5, and kills, 44-42, but TTU led in digs, 55-46.
Ranked in the OVC
Shaquita Williams has topped the OVC leader board in the service aces category as she has registered 19, in 42 sets averaging 0.45/set. Vicmari Prospero ranks ninth on the list with 12 in 42 sets averaging 0.29/set. Also, Vicmari Prospero now ranks fourth in the OVC in hitting percentage with a .306. Prospero has recorded 90 kills on the season with 26 errors. Freshmen Erika Moss has moved up to sixth on the OVC leaderboard with 322 in 36 sets, averaging 8.9/set. Santia Sanders continues to anchor the offense as she leads with 105 kills, while Kamille King leads the defense with 126 digs averaging 3 per set.
Tennessee State vs. Eastern Illinois (8-7, 1-2 OVC)
The overall record between the Tigers and the Panthers is 22-4 to the advantage of the Panthers. The Panthers recently defeated Murray State in a four-set, closely played (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20) match on Tuesday evening. Four Panther players finished with double-digit kills in the match. This win snapped an eight match losing streak to the Racers and gave the Panthers their first conference win of the season. The offense was led by Kelsey Orr, who led all players with 19 kills along with 14 digs to record her seventh double-double of the season. This was also her sixth time having 15 or more kills this season.
Tennessee State vs. Southeast Missouri (4-8, 1-2 OVC)
The Redhawks lead the overall series 36-3. The Redhawks are coming off of a 1-3 loss to UT Martin as the Skyhawks were able to hit .281 on 62 kills and 15 errors. Claire Keaton led the offensive charge in the losing effort with a season-high 21 kills while hitting .295 for the match. Freshmen setter Julie Shives recorded her fifth assist/dig double-double of her career with 39 assists and 18 digs.
TSU will match-up against Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday before facing Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches will be played in Kean Hall.