Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated Murray State, 3-1, Friday night in Kean Hall.
Tennessee State dropped the first set before bouncing back to win three straight in the victory.
With the win, TSU (9-6, 5-3 OVC) moved out of a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. MSU fell to 4-15 (5-3 OVC).
Cassy Woolverton was the only Murray State player to notch double-digits in kills with 11. Kayleah Sauer led the team with 18 digs.
After playing to an 8-8 tie, Murray State used a small run to go ahead 13-10. The Tigers answered and knotted the score at 13-all behind a kill from Shaquita Williams. The score was tied at 22 when two straight points from the Racers made the score, 24-22. A kill from Shaquita Williams pulled TSU to within one but MSU posted the next point to claim the 25-23 win.
TSU dominated the second set defeating MSU 25-16 to even the match. The Tigers hit .400 in the contest while registering 18 kills. The Racers were held to eight kills and a .179 hitting percentage.
The Tigers carried the momentum into the third frame behind a 5-1 run to open the set. The Racers rallied and evened the score at 19-all. From there the teams went point-for-point. With the set tied, 23-23, timely kills from Danielle Howell and Rachel Ambroch pushed TSU to the win.
In the fourth frame, the teams played to a 7-7 deadlock before TSU started to take control. Down the stretch, back-to-back kills from Rachel Ambroch and Shaquita Williams made the score, 21-15, in favor of TSU. The Tigers went on to win, 25-17.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow when they host Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m. in Kean Hall.