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Tiger effort falls short in loss to Memphis
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Memphis, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team fell to Memphis in three sets Friday night in Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

The set scores were 22-25, 19-25 and 19-25.

Santia Sanders and Vicmari Prospero led TSU offensively with seven kills apiece. Sanders also led the team with eight digs along with Calasia Williams.

TSU (0-6) turned in 29 kills in the contest but only managed a .066 hitting percentage. Memphis (5-2) had 30 kills and hit .218. The Tigers of Tennessee State held the advantage in digs, 38-35.

The Tigers got off to a good start in the opening set, jumping out to a 3-1 lead. Memphis, however, outscored TSU, 7-1, to capture an 8-4 lead. Holding on to a slight 12-11 lead, Memphis extended its advantage to 20-11 later in the set, forcing a TSU timeout.

Out of the break, TSU regrouped and rallied to within three, 20-17, behind the serve of Santia Sanders. Another rally brought TSU within two down the stretch but an untimely Tiger service error gave Memphis the, 25-22, win. 

In the second set, the teams played to a 10-10 deadlock before Memphis captured the momentum and built its lead up to 18-11. TSU continued to battle but Memphis was able to hold on for the 25-19 win. 

TSU fell behind, 7-2, in the third set but managed to cut the deficit down to one, 7-6. Six straight points from Memphis made the score 13-6 before U of M eventually took a 20-14 lead. TSU used small rallies down the stretch but could never get over the hump, dropping the final set, 25-19.

Tennessee State will conclude action at the Memphis Invitational tomorrow with a contests vs. Air Force at 10 a.m. and La Salle at 4 p.m. Air Force (2-5) snapped a five-match losing skid with a, 3-0, win over La Salle (3-7) in the opening match of the tournament.