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Volleyball continues tournament action at Bear Brawl
Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Nashville --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team will return to action this weekend at the Bear Brawl hosted by Mercer University, Sep. 2-3.

The Tigers will open the tournament with a contest against Norfolk State on Friday at 3 p.m. before facing host Mercer at 7 p.m. later that night. TSU will conclude play on Saturday with a match versus Troy State at 1 p.m.

Tennessee State is coming off second place finish (2-1) at the Big Orange Bash this weekend. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State (3-0) in the season opener before falling to host Clemson on Saturday. TSU finished the tournament strong with a, 4-1, win over Loyola (MD).

Shaquita Williams, who was named to the Big Orange Bash All-Tournament team, led the Tiger offense with 40 kills and seven service aces. She hit .365 and only committed nine errors on 85 total attempts.

Terakka Walker was also named to the All-Tournament team. She had the second-most kills for TSU and averaged 2.60 kills and 1.70 digs per set during the tournament.

The Opponents

Norfolk State will see its first action of the season at the Bear Brawl as the matches at the Asics Invitational were cancelled last weekend. In 2010, NSU posted its best record ever in the Division I era.  The Spartans recorded a 13-20 overall record last year, including a 5-3 conference mark.

Mercer opened the season at the Winthrop tournament and fell to 0-3 after suffering losses to Davidson UNC Wilmington and Winthrop. Mercer is averaging 9.6 kills per set while registering a .044 attack percentage.

The Trojans of Troy State started their season at the Samford/UAB Invitational last weekend, posting a 1-2 mark. The Trojans fell to Samford in straight sets on Friday morning before falling to UNC Asheville in five-sets on Friday evening. Troy picked up a win on Saturday with a victory over Akron.

Live stats will be available for all three matches.